Design Thoughts – Winter Restaurant Week 2020

One of the many great things about New York is the food scene, and there is no better way to check out the hottest restaurants on a budget than by attending New York Restaurant Week (Tuesday, January 21st through Sunday, February 9). As designers, we are who we are, delighting in the visual appeal of the restaurants and are always on the lookout for innovative and fun tile applications.

With this NYC event in its 27th year, we were inspired to take a look at the hottest, and most stylish NYC restaurants according to Architectural Digest. Check out four of the restaurants from the list below, along with some tiles we would pair with the design (because honestly, we just can’t help ourselves). 

Feroce Ristorante feels like a place to relax and unwind, with a dramatic design inspired by the surrounding Flower district, using elements like wood, glass, and metal. The tile we felt added to the industrial-Italian vibe Diesel Ribbed Oxide with its texture and color, it could be used on an accent wall to add even more dimension to the space.

701 West (green euphoria) feels lush and warm, a great place to enjoy a cocktail (or two). We love the emerald green and sapphire blue velvet paired with the black walnut paneling. For us, there is one obvious tile that would fit this design perfectly, and that is our Raku glazed handmade Euphoria ceramic. Deep and layered, this tile begs to be touched, just like the tufted seats!

The Spanish Diner at Mercado Little Spain is bright and fun, “evoking the bustling eateries in Barcelona and Madrid”. Whites, blacks and warm shades of yellows and orange abound. We felt a great compliment would be our Artem Sundaze porcelain, with lines hand-drawn by designer Lauren Liess, to help pull in the fun pops of color.

The Fulton, with its waterfront setting and hand-painted murals inspired by Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, evokes a feeling of summer and nostalgia. We love the idea of using a durable porcelain wood tile for the floor, like our Enigma Legno porcelain, adds texture and balance to the lightness of the space.

With New York’s vast display of restaurants, there is always an endless selection of places to try out, either to check out the decor or the cuisine (or both). And if its tile you are wanting more of, we have the place for you (wink wink). Check out our website and take a moment to contact one of our A&D reps to discuss your project.  We always love to help!


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