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Whats the best restaurant for architecture/interior design with equally as great food

neon_volt Jun 24, 2014 03:50 PM

I've only been to a few places, but I want to know what you all think is the epitome for a restaurant in Manhattan or vicinity

off the top of my head i'v been to Morimoto, the Brasserie, and a place called Pio Pio, none of which were as impressive (design wise) as I've expected from my friends recommendations.

Again, not interested in views of buildings outside, more of what the architecture inside creates.

Modern interiors greatly welcomed

I've looked elsewhere but the reviews either spoke of the architecture or the food, but not BOTH, so thats why I came here, to ask the true experts.

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    kathryn RE: neon_volt Jun 24, 2014 04:03 PM

    The Modern
    Quality Meats/Italian

    Check out the various AvroKo projects:

    They have a nice book out as well.


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      Ttrockwood RE: kathryn Jun 24, 2014 09:33 PM

      +1 for any of the Avroko designed spaces.

    2. Ziggy41 RE: neon_volt Jun 24, 2014 05:28 PM

      +1 Lincoln

      Narcissa comes to mind as well

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        Uncle Yabai RE: neon_volt Jun 25, 2014 04:32 AM

        Surprised nobody has mentioned the Four Seasons restaurant. The ultimate in interior design, probably even better than the food. The Modern is another clear winner.

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          bronwen RE: Uncle Yabai Jun 30, 2014 11:23 AM

          Totally agree - the Four Seasons is classic. Eleven Madison Park is beautiful, so is Jean Georges, Oyster Bar at GCT and Bouley. River Cafe and the Boat House have wonderful views.

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            ipsedixit RE: bronwen Jun 30, 2014 06:04 PM

            But the food at the Four Seasons is like Stouffer's. Poorly reheated Stouffer's.

        2. Spiritchaser RE: neon_volt Jun 25, 2014 06:04 AM

          I'm surprised no one has mentioned Eleven Madison Park, an absolutely beautiful Art Deco space with easily some of the best food around.

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            kathryn RE: Spiritchaser Jun 25, 2014 06:30 AM

            I took the OP's request for "modern" to mean "present day interior design," etc.

            Otherwise Four Seasons, GC Oyster Bar, EMP, Minetta, Monkey Bar, etc would all be on my list.

            Plus drinks at the Lambs Club bar.

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              Spiritchaser RE: kathryn Jun 25, 2014 07:24 AM

              Oh, I thought the OP was looking for good architecture of any time but "bonus points" for good examples of modern.

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                Uncle Yabai RE: kathryn Jun 26, 2014 04:59 AM

                Not clear, as the OP says "Modern interiors greatly welcomed". "Modern" in architecture has a very specific meaning. The Four Seasons is the only one I can think of that fits that definition precisely, with The Modern a good facsimile.

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              Pookipichu RE: neon_volt Jun 25, 2014 07:38 AM

              Aquavit, the interior is modern and quite beautiful.

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                alc RE: Pookipichu Jun 27, 2014 02:51 PM

                Second as to Aquavit.
                I also find the Tribeca Tamarind very beautiful.

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                foodwhisperer RE: neon_volt Jun 27, 2014 06:49 AM

                Buddakan and Megu are the most fantastic rooms of modern design. Kitichai, Blue Ribbon Izakaya, Bouley, China Blue are all nice.

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                    MarieLuncheonette RE: neon_volt Jun 30, 2014 06:09 PM

                    la grenouille

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                      pammi RE: MarieLuncheonette Jun 30, 2014 07:43 PM

                      Casa Lever and the Wright, at the Guggenheim

                    2. Up With Olives RE: neon_volt Jul 1, 2014 01:41 PM

                      Hope you were thinking Brasserie 8 1/2 when you said Brasserie?

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                        neon_volt RE: Up With Olives Jul 2, 2014 05:49 AM

                        No, the one opposite the Four Seasons in the Seagram Building, the interior was done by Diller + Scofidio and it's design was very intresting. I would give that higher marks for the interior architecture than the food though

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                        mahler5 RE: neon_volt Jul 2, 2014 04:32 AM


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                          wewwew RE: neon_volt Jul 2, 2014 05:14 PM

                          Kyo Ya. The food and setting seem to work together so walking out comes as a bit of a shock.

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