The Big Apple

Eat with great design at these New York restaurants

Photo: Emily Andrews

The exquisite flavours and artistic flair of a great chef can only be enhanced by equally distinguished design. The goal of restaurant design is to compliment, rather than overshadow, the culinary offerings. The following New York eateries offer the perfect combination for an outstanding dining experience.


Wayan, which serves Cedric Vongerichten’s Indonesian cuisine seasoned with a modern French flair, was designed by the Rockwell Group to have a distinctly tropical feel while maintaining a sense of New York’s Downtown aesthetic. A milky whitewash on brick walls, amber glass and accents of oxidized copper, batik screens and authentic carvings create visual interest. Live-edge wood and custom-designed light fixtures cast beautiful shadows at night and add warmth during the day.

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Le Jardinier

As its name suggests, Le Jardinier evokes the serenity of an indoor garden in contrast to its midtown location. Located on the ground floor of a residential building by Norman Foster, designer Joseph Dirand used copious amounts of marble for the walls, floors and dining tables. Grass green chairs and copious plants provide the perfect setting for the vegetable-forward menu by Michelin-starred Chef Alain Verzezoli.


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Feroce Ristorante

The Flower District that surrounds the new Moxy Chelsea Hotel inspired the Rockwell Group to design a romantic Italian garden as the backdrop for diners at the hotel’s ground-floor restaurant, Feroce Ristorante. Run by Francesco Panella and the team behind Antica Pesa in Rome and Brooklyn, the gold leaf-flecked walls, racing strip leather banquettes and artwork from vintage Italian advertisements gives a playful touch to indulgent Italian specialities.


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Poni Room

Styled after an izakaya, an informal Japanese pub, the subterranean Poni Room beneath Saxon + Parole, is an eclectic space designed and run by AvroKO. A cross between a bar and a restaurant, the kitchen offers small plates on its pan-Asian seafood-centric menu. Walls draped in swatches of pink fabrics hanging as if on clotheslines create an intimate atmosphere that refer to the pink beverages on tap in an adjacent area.


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