Designer Restaurant in Manhattan
February 19, 2007 12:43 PM   Subscribe

Looking for a designer restaurant in Manhattan...

An interior designer friend of mine is coming to Manhattan for research. I know she is visiting various hotels and design land marks around Manhattan area.

I want to take her to a coolest designery restaurant in the area. I have taken her to "Asia de Cuba by Philip Starck" before. She was impressed.

I am not a New York Person. so please recommend me few designery places... Good tasting food is not required.. it is more about the environment.

I think modern looking is better though...

Thanks in advance.
posted by curiousleo to Society & Culture (15 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Public, in Nolita.
posted by nicwolff at 12:52 PM on February 19, 2007

Morimoto was designed by Tadao Ando.
posted by mattbucher at 1:18 PM on February 19, 2007

Stephen Starr opened two highly designed restaurants in NYC last year, and both are at the Chelsea Market; Buddakan on the 9th Avenue Side, and Morimoto on the 10th Avenue side. Buddakan is designed by French designer Christian Liaigre, and Morimoto is designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Tadao Ando (and the home of the "Iron Chef" in New York).
posted by extrabox at 1:19 PM on February 19, 2007

Go for drinks at Bar Veloce, 2nd Ave b/t 11th and 12th.
posted by The Michael The at 1:21 PM on February 19, 2007

wow.. Great recommendations...
I am greatful of extrabox's short design history also....

Now that I think about it.. getting some designer bar type places as mentioned by The Michael The will be helpful too..
posted by curiousleo at 1:41 PM on February 19, 2007

Kittichai at 60 Thompson (60 Thompson St.)

Gigino at Wagner Park (20 Battery Place)

Town Resaurant in the Chambers Hotel (15 West 56 St.)

DB Bistro in the City Club Hotel (55 W 44th St.)

Serafina at Dream Hotel (210 W 55th St.)

The Cafeteria and the Bar at the Hudson Hotel (356 West 58th St.)

Mercer Kitchen at the Mercer Hotel (147 Mercer St.)

Nicole's in Nicole Farhi's shop (10 E. 60th St.)

Thor in the Hotel on Rivington (107 Rivington St.)

The Grand Bar & Lounge at the Soho Grand (310 W. Broadway)

The Church Lounge at the Tribeca Grand (2 Ave. of the Americas)
posted by ericb at 1:46 PM on February 19, 2007

30 W 22nd.
posted by lobstah at 1:49 PM on February 19, 2007

Oh -- mustn't forget The Modern at the MoMA.
posted by ericb at 1:57 PM on February 19, 2007

Spice Market, for crying out loud.
posted by lovejones at 2:06 PM on February 19, 2007

I am getting a sensory overload here...
Great places....
I can only go to maybe two places....
Let's start putting some votes here....

I appreciate all your help.
posted by curiousleo at 2:07 PM on February 19, 2007

My top two picks would be Nicole's and The Modern.
posted by ericb at 2:37 PM on February 19, 2007

Historic Lever House's current design incarnation is the work of Australian artist Marc Newsom. His work is huge, sculptural, wildly expensive. He happens to have a much-talked-about show right now, at Gagosian.
posted by thinkpiece at 3:29 PM on February 19, 2007


50 Clinton St. (between Stanton & Rivington St)

This is the best restaurant in NYC. No, really.

Yes, it's very expensive.
posted by wfc123 at 4:03 PM on February 19, 2007

Check out the cafeteria at Scandinavia House (Park @ 38th). Think upscale IKEA.

This is the best restaurant in NYC. No, really.

That's not what the question is asking, and there's nothing remarkable about the design of that place.
posted by mkultra at 4:21 PM on February 19, 2007

wd-50 is one of my favorite restaurants in NY, but the design is nothing spectacular.

I would second Kittichai (relatively inexpensive), The Modern, and the atrium at Thor (just stop in at the Rivington and take a gander).

Morimoto is also impressive, although I think Buddakan is garish.

For a wonderfully authentic looking French bistro that is all lights and mirrors, go to brunch at Balthazar. For the most expensively boring design, Le Bernadine is le yawn, all wood and blue and stiff upper lips.

If you go to any restaurants in Soho, stop in the Prada store designed by Koolhaas.
posted by Falconetti at 9:13 PM on February 19, 2007

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