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

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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  1. Lincoln
    The Modern
    Public
    Quality Meats/Italian

    Check out the various AvroKo projects:
    http://www.avroko.com/blog/category/p...

    They have a nice book out as well.

    Previously:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/859667
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/848295

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    1. re: kathryn

      +1 for any of the Avroko designed spaces.

    2. +1 Lincoln

      Narcissa comes to mind as well

      1. 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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        1. re: Uncle Yabai

          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.

          1. re: bronwen

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

        2. 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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          1. re: Spiritchaser

            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.

            1. re: kathryn

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

              1. re: kathryn

                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.

            2. Aquavit, the interior is modern and quite beautiful.

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              1. re: Pookipichu

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

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

                    1. re: MarieLuncheonette

                      Casa Lever and the Wright, at the Guggenheim

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

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                      1. re: Up With Olives

                        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

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