6 new designer restaurants in New York
While there’s no shortage of great restaurants in New York, distinctive newcomers continue to draw on the vibrancy of Manhattan’s ever-evolving dining scene. Here, we highlight a handful of new openings that stand out for ambiance and cuisine.
The team behind popular New York restaurant L’Artusi recently unveiled B’Artusi just down the block from its sister property in the West Village. The new restaurant and wine bar was designed by a local studio Carpenter + Mason with a distinctive warmth that conveys a sense of history and place. “We wanted B’Artusi to become a place of celebration and community,” says Sarah Carpenter, director of Carpenter + Mason, who drew on the aesthetic of 1920s tea rooms to guide the design. An array of bold patterns and colors, including a bar face in pea green hues, floral wallpaper, and marble checkerboard floors, also dress the space.
To help bring his latest concept to life, restaurateur Danny Meyer sent a New York company Goodrich on a search trip to dine at dozens of restaurants in Tuscany, Paris and London. Immersive travel has led to the creation of Ci Siamo, an Italian restaurant located in the Manhattan West development centered on wood-fired cuisine. To accentuate the restaurant’s cooking process, the company evoked the idea of ”formed by fire” throughout the space through the use of materials: terracotta, glazed ceramic, blown and cast glass and forged metal. . “The design draws an analogy between the way food is created over fire and the artisanal processes that give the elements of the decor their final shape,” explains studio director Matthew Goodrich. Custom light fixtures, including a chandelier in the lobby that features sagging amber glass sheets cascading from a metal armature, further amp up the theme. Careful attention has also been given to the restaurant’s arts program, which features a collection of original works from the 1950s to the 2000s, “giving the space a residential and collected quality”, he adds.
San Sebastián in Spain’s Basque Country is full of standing-only pintxo bars. At 1,800 square feet At Ernesto’sin the Lower East Side, designer Michael Groth evokes a similar energy. At the center of the dining room, for example, diners gather at the local Vermont Verde stone bar, its gleaming surface mirroring the curved back bar of brass, oak and bronze mirror. Like the emerald-stained woodwork, its dark green hue is reminiscent of the waters of the North Atlantic. There’s also a daytime cafe showcasing an open kitchen, chef’s counter, and original vaulted ceilings that transform into an intimate extension of the restaurant at night. The custom fixtures combine sandblasted blackened steel rings with voluptuous arms and matte white globes to reflect the Joan Miró lithograph on display. The exposed brick walls nod to Spanish masonry, but paired with the full-height glazed storefronts, they also ground Ernesto in his urban surroundings.
London Steakhouse Hawksmoor made its way across the pond with a New York outpost just steps from Gramercy Park. Located in the meeting room of the United Charities Building, a historic structure originally designed by American architect RH Robinson and completed in 1892, the space has been refreshed by Macaulay Sinclair and Hawksmoor co-founder Huw Gott. “Once we saw the building and understood the history of the space, our job was easy: restore the building to its former glory and use salvaged building materials and antique lighting to create a restaurant and bar that seem to belong in space,” Gott says. The restaurant is characterized by majestic 30-foot-high vaulted ceilings adorned with elaborate moldings, stained glass windows, mosaic floors and wood paneling.
Brazilian designer Isay Weinfeld created a lush getaway for chef Daniel Boulud Pavilion– inspired by traditional pavilions found throughout France, but located in the One Vanderbilt building in a bustling corner of Midtown Manhattan. “Our intention was to create a welcoming and comfortable ambience within the grand scale and proportion of the space, where one could spend time and feel protected from the bustle of the city,” says Weinfeld. As Boulud points out, the designer “has a very zen way of working and cares about choosing the best materials to achieve his vision”. A lush garden winds the length of the restaurant, creating pockets for semi-private tables, while a suspended fabric ceiling above the main dining area blends with warm materials, such as American walnut , Italian stoneware and brass to create a sense of comfort for diners.
A white street
A white street, a former townhouse in Tribeca, New York once owned by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, has led many lives since it was built in the 19th century. In its latest iteration, the site serves as a restaurant inspired by 17th and 18th century Dutch interiors that evoke the bygone days of New Amsterdam. Designate Richard Felix-Ashman also looked at quaint Parisian restaurants and Hudson Valley vernacular to illuminate the three-story restaurant’s stone and wood materiality and “create a residential-style experience in the middle of New York City,” says- he. “We tried to put in place a more poetic reference to the story through the material.” Blue and green hued upholstery offsets the black limestone floors that line the small bar and kitchen downstairs, while the dining areas on the upper two floors feature reclaimed wood, walnut and Scandinavian-style seating. The structure’s staircase has undergone a major overhaul and now features gray wood and black steel, while a sculptural, minimalist light fixture hangs above. “We wanted this trip to be memorable and not to prefigure the experience of what the dining room will be, but rather to contrast it,” adds Felix-Ashman.
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