On the East Coast, New York, unsurprisingly, is home to several new aesthetic-conscious restaurants.
Daniel Boulud’s new French seafood spot, Le Pavillon, for its part, is the stash to hang. On the second floor of the One Vanderbilt skyscraper near Grand Central Station, the restaurant spans 11,000 square feet and brings the outdoors with a nature theme. The oasis, created by designer and architect Isay Weinfeld, has a path lined with living trees and foliage, which are also dotted around the towering hall.
In downtown Public Hotel Ian Schrager, there’s Popular, which is Peruvian with inspirations from other cuisines including Italian and Chinese. Diego Munoz, originally from Lima, is the executive chef.
Popular features a planted ceiling with a mix of over 50 hanging ferns, ivy, and deer horn. The room also has black walnut benches with blue denim fabric, walnut cocktail tables and cognac leather lounge chairs. The ceviche bar stands out with its white and gray veined marble and stainless steel and glass accents.
Connoisseurs also vie for a table in the chic Greek club Soho Lola Taverna, where dinner is akin to a trip to Greece. Instead of turning to an exterior designer, owner Cobi Levy took on the task himself, aiming to create an ambiance reminiscent of the taverns he enjoyed on his travels on the Greek islands of Paros. and Mykonos.
Lola has a woven thatched ceiling, large urns and olive trees, all native to Greece, as well as uneven plaster walls and an installation in her outdoor space with thousands of bougainvillea blossoms in shades of pinks, whites and of purples. “It’s like being in a restaurant on the Greek Islands,” says Levy.
Then there’s the Buddha-Bar, an outpost of the original in Paris, offering Asian cuisine. Scheduled to open in mid-July in Tribeca, the two-story vaulted space combines modern design with the building’s original beams and brickwork.
The centerpiece is a 16ft tall glass carved Buddha sculpture that was created with custom projections and digital art. The main dining room features large scale metal pendant lights and a color palette of grays, browns, blues, and greens.