3 Must See NYC Restaurant Interiors

January 28, 2010 · Posted in Places to go in NYC 

NYC-based Vastu Designer, Krissy Stecyk, shares 3 restaurants she considers must visits to check out the interior design.

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Lure Fish Bar | 142 Mercer Street New York, NY 10012 | 212.431.7676

This subterranean Soho gem makes diners feel miraculously transported dockside in St. Tropez. As described by Frank Bruni of the New York Times, “It’s décor cunningly invokes the interior of an oversized yacht – you can almost imagine the ocean breeze streaming through the dining room.” Think high-gloss wood, leather upholstery, semi-circular booths, and portholes (fortunately without the kitsch!) and you’ll begin to understand the inspiration behind Lure’s interior design. And the restaurants seafood menu doesn’t disappoint either!

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Morimoto | 88 10th Avenue New York, NY 10011 | 212.989.8883

When Masaharu Morimoto, star of television’s Iron Chef, decided to open a restaurant in NYC, he chose world renowned architect Tadao Ando to design the space. Guests are welcomed into the restaurant through flaps of persimmon-red cloth, the world’s largest Japanese noren curtain, set against the industrial façade of austere steel and brick. The interior is designed to evoke Morimoto’s East meets West menu. Ando’s signature material, concrete, is most notably present in the staircase that leads from the main dining level, down to the bar and lounge area. A wall made of 17,000 illuminated waterbottles steals the show. Interesting angles, contrasting surfaces, and a rippling tentlike ceiling abound in the open, spacious 13,000 square foot space. Diners at the sushi bar have the best view into the open kitchen where guests can watch Morimoto and his team make magic. When visiting Morimoto, be sure to check out the restrooms located on the lower level – the high tech toilets are unbelievable!

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The Brasserie | 100 E. 53rd Street New York, NY 10022 | 212.751.4840

Originally designed by Philip Johnson, after a fire ravaged the Brasserie in 1995, owners contracted
Diller + Scofidio to redesign the space located in Mies van der Rohe’s famed Seagram Building. The new designers said of the project: “The prospect of redesigning one of New York’s legendary restaurants in one of the most distinguished modernist buildings was as inviting as it was daunting. The architecture of the new restaurant respectfully challenges many of the tenets of modernism”. Wood, terrazzo, tile and glass materials serve structural, spatial and functional components. The windowless restaurant, lodged in the stone base of the modernist glass building, plays with the idea of light and vision, including a monitor over the bar that displays live images from the street on which the arrival of all newcomers is announced to those in the dining room. And newcomers certainly do make an entrance, as they are ushered into the dining area down a long staircase of theatrically gradual proportions that prolong their descent. Diller + Scofidio had large shoes to fill when redesigning this space, and they certainly managed to do so by creating a unique and interesting space in which to dine.

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