New York City
Inspired by civic order, a new restaurant
offers warmth as well
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Modern yet nostalgic, this projects
design pays homage to a utopian vision of society, where every
object has its place and every institution provides a service
for better living. Located in stylish NoLita, the restaurants
main dining area features a decadent wine room, rich end-grain
wood floors, and twelve-foot, softly lit vaulted brick ceilings.
Mechanized pulleys and industrial concrete features mingle
with comfortable seating areas and warm walnut surfaces, creating
a charming intimacy amidst more municipal spaces. A library
quarter stocks magazines and books from the 1940s-1950s that
promote "good living" concepts, while classic bronze
post office boxes serve as a chef's choice wine reserve for
The adjacent skylit lounge features fifteen-foot,
wood-beamed ceilings and polished concrete floors that lend
an industrial appeal to the already dramatic space. Machine-age
glass lamps hang over a modern wood bar outfitted with cocktail
mise-en-place stations to facilitate speedy service. Pre-war
office doors lead to glass-tiled bathrooms filled with specially
wrapped PUBLIC soap take-aways, a nod to the mass-production
of personal grooming products. At the rear, a loading dock
entrance overlooks a quiet community garden space.
Owned, envisioned, designed, and run
by New York City-based design and concept firm AvroKO, this
new restaurant gives fine dining a civic appeal. Sprinklings
of industrial, modern, and old-fashioned elements, however,
do away with any institutional rigidity.
New York City
6,800 sq. ft.
Adam Farmerie, Dan Rafalin, Kristina ONeal, William
Harris, Greg Bradshaw
210 Elizabeth St.
NY NY 10012