From Bed-Stuy to the Upper East Side, and all points in between, a feast of fresh design is on the menu in our roundup of just-opened New York hot spots.
1. Firm: The MP Shift
Standout: Exterior mosaic tiles nod to the Middle Eastern fare served inside the tidy café, where a sinuous oak counter pairs with a bold blue menu board, its MDF rectangles laser-cut by a local artist.
2. Firm: Savvy Studio
Project: Omakase Room by Tatsu
Site: West Village
Standout: So intimate it’s like being in someone’s living room (if that living room were in Japan), bamboo paneling creates a cocoon of calm while custom graphics and take-home ceramics make for a highly personalized, 18-course experience.
3. Firm: Currimbhoy & Co.
Project: Old Monk
Site: Alphabet City
Standout: Beneath a copper ceiling, diners sample contemporary Indian soul food from Michael Thonet chairs topped with saffron-colored cotton cushions, surveyed by modern monks captured in oversize photographs.
4. Firm: MNDPC
Site: Flatiron District
Standout: Choice cuts of dry-aged steak get grilled right at each soapstone-topped table, Korean barbecue style, in a sleek space divided by an elliptical white marble bar and named for the Korean word for “flower,” a term also used to describe intensely marbled specialty beef.
5. Firm: EAU Ecology Architecture Urbanism
Standout: The popular, conscientious DC pizzeria arrives in the Big Apple with graphic environs defined by custom-cut subway tiles, crisscrossing linear LEDs, exposed steel columns, and art by Rubin and Bisco Smith.
6. Firm: Glen & Co Architecture
Standout: The largest in the Empellón empire is a showcase of Mexican influences, from the custom pattern on the porcelain floor tile to Sylvia Ji’s 75-foot-wide mural interrupted by swaths of volcanic basalt, the same stone that forms the mocajete bowls in which guacamole is made.
7. Firms: Selldorf Architects, William T. Georgis, L’Observatoire International
Project: The Grill and The Pool
Standout: The former Four Seasons restaurant, a landmarked interior originally designed by Philip Johnson in 1959, has been rejuvenated with new leather and horsehair upholstery on the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe chairs, custom Edward Fields carpeting, and a mother-of-pearl bar in a lounge that used to be a private dining room.
8. Firm: Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture & Design
Project: Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar Hanley
Site: Lenox Hill
Standout: A trio of golden Alvar Alto pendant fixtures help to illuminate the focus on this café’s exquisite materials, such as vein-cut silver travertine, black American walnut, and Dark Emperador and Marmo Rosa di Verona marbles.
9. Firm: Reunion Goods & Services
Project: Quality Eats
Site: Upper East Side
Standout: After packing the house in its West Village debut, the “neighborhood steakhouse for a new generation” expands uptown in a room outfitted in vintage and custom furnishings, original brick, a graffiti-carved wooden bar, and commissioned illustrations.