NYC Restaurant Week, or “weeks,” we should say – runs from July 20th to August 14th and features prix-fixe dining specials at participating restaurants around the city. Here are the details: The 3-course brunch/lunch price is set at $25, while dinner goes for $38. Drinks are not included and the deal is not valid on Saturdays. However, for my fellow foodies out there, this is the best week(s) ever. Those prices are a bargain compared to the typical bill at most of these restaurants. Besides the food, the D-C team is excited to tour the restaurant scene and see all of the amazing interiors! We have compiled a list below of some of the most awe-worthy restaurant designs in the area.
Grab those loose-fitting pants and get some grub at our top 5 design favorites:
1. Little Park
We highly recommend this Gachot Studios designed restaurant that features seasonal and organic menus. Staying with and earthy theme, Gachot sourced furniture and fabrics from local makers to create a bohemian mid-century aesthetic. Tucked into the Smyth Hotel in the heart of Tribeca, Little Park is the product of award-winning Chefs Andrew Carmellini, Luke Ostrom, and Josh Pickard. Hand-woven fabrics brighten the space, along with white oak floors and handcrafted tiles. Gachot wanted the restaurant’s design to keep traditional Tribeca character and chose Guastavino tiles for the fireplace that are often also found in many NYC landmarks. There is also a lovely four-panel frieze mural, designed by Brooklyn-based artist Matthew Benedict that depicts scenes from Tribeca’s history.
Location: 85 West Broadway on the corner of Chambers St. Closest Subway stop: Chambers Street (1, 2, 3)
Courtesy of Little Park
2. The Wright
It is no surprise that The Wright has received the 2010 James Beard Award for Best Restaurant Design as well as received 20+ Zagat rating. Named after the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright and designed by Andre Kikoski, this ultra contemporary space uses walnut and illuminated fiber-optics to create a dynamic and textural aesthetic. Located in the Guggenheim Museum, this restaurant was the perfect place to commission art from renowned British artist, Liam Gillick. The horizon produced by a factory once it had stopped producing views (2009), was designed specifically for The Wright and is constructed of horizontal planks of powder-coated aluminum, which adorn the walls and the ceiling.
Location: 1071 5th Ave Between 88th and 89th St. Closest subway stop: 86th St. (4, 5, 6)
In the mood for Chinese? This Michelin star-winning restaurant is a must-see and a must-eat. The stunning space is designed by Christian Liaigre and features a Shanghai inspired décor that draws upon traditional Chinese motifs, while maintaining a dramatic modern look. All your senses will be awakened with the illusive lighting, scents, music and taste!
Location: 311 West 43rd St. Between 8th and 9th ave. Closest subway stop: 42nd Street (A, C, E)
If you are on the Lower East Side you have to drop by this incredible restaurant designed by the geniuses at AvroKO Design studio. AvroKO’s goal was “to recreate historical events or places from the past, but with an updated, modern twist.” The product is pure glamour – a magnificent space that will have you looking around at the walls instead of your dinner date. Custom lighting and a grand staircase are some highlights, along with gilded accents and furniture combos that might make you say, “How did they know those would work well together?!”
Location: 146 Essex St. Between Stanton and Irvington St. Closest subway stop: Delancey St. (F)
For my fellow Brooklynites, Cherry Izakaya is becoming the new Williamsburg staple. Designed by hOme, the restaurant was inspired by Tokyo in the 1970s. Reclaimed wood was used throughout the space, along with hand-painted murals by local artists. The murals were inspired by Ukiyo-e woodblock prints and they imitate historical Japanese folk tales and landscapes. The bar was constructed with gorgeous handmade tiles and a classic Pachinko machine sits in the foyer to add to the vintage feel.
Location: 138 N. 8th St. Between Berry St. and Bedford Ave. Closest subway stop: Bedford Ave (L)
Although this restaurant is not participating in Restaurant Week, we could not resist letting you know about this brand new French bistro on the Lower East Side. Les Enfant de Bohème, designed by Stéfan Jonot, is a non-pretentious, welcoming space that’s goal is to become part of the neighbor’s “routine.” The award-winning architecture studio Freecell Architecture, well known for their work on the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2012, collaborated on the design and space organization. Other features include a wall installation by French visual artist Jeanne Verdoux and Scottish architect and illustrator John Gibson. The installation is inspired by Verdoux’s sketchbook and drawing series New Yorkers on the Subway. Les Enfant de Bohème also has Lower East Side’s only Street Seat. A new program developed by the Department of Transportaion, Street Seats expand seating into public spaces by temporarily removing two parking spaces. Marpillero Pollak (Linda Pollak) and Scalar Architecture (Julio Salcedo, Benjamin Prager, Carsten, Young) collaborated with Les Enfants de Bohème’s Cathy Lang Ho to create a public urban oasis using classic street materials including heavy timbers, metal railings and scaffolding and bright safety fencing. Make sure you check it out!
Location: 177 Henry Street. Between East Broadway and Madison St. Closest subway stop: East Broadway (F)