Restaurant Design in the Big Apple!

It is a tough job, but someone has to do it. Luckily one of our designers Nicole, was up for the task. On her recent trip to New York, Nicole took a tour of some of her favorite restaurants in the Big Apple, analyzing the interiors and telling us all about it.


This place is worth a trip to the Big Apple all by itself! I originally found Sweetiepie’s while flipping the pages of Elle magazine. The place was absolutely charming.  There was so much detail in the design.  The incredibly adorable stylized pink banquette,huge antique mirror, garden chairs and the oversized bird cage in which you can host a tea parties of course, were original and inspired.

The bathroom even had a half door, which is to be opened by a key (a la Alice-in-Wonderland) for the kids.

The food was great as well. I had a grilled cheese and tomato soup. They even cut the crust off without my asking!

My travelling companion, pastry chef and baker, Jennyfer Mancino ( also loved the idea and the food.

Il Buco

Il Buco. What a great place to escape from the city! I’ve read so much about this restaurant it was great to finally experience it!

The ambiance is very ‘European country’ and you feel as if your eating a gourmet dinner at a delightful farm home.

 The highlight of these interiors is the one-of-a-kind artistic lighting by lighting designer Warren Muller(  It is a balanced blend of old and repurposed!  The Mediterranean inspired menu is delicious.

The entire dinner – from the wine, appetizers, main course, service & atmosphere – was just wonderful.


I love the trendy Meatpacking District.  We stumbled into 5Ninth, per the suggestion of a charming door man, and it was such a treat.

We had a little wait, which was no problem with the stand alone bar area with a great window to watch the city walk by. The restaurant consisted of a three level building with multiple fireplaces.  The space is very limited, but well laid out.

The main dining room reminds you of what the meatpacking district once was, with the antique table and chairs, wide planked unfinished wood flooring and exposed brick. The menu carries the same spirit, I had one of the most delicious hamburgers of my life of course it was accompanied with a great glass of Malbec.

Martha Stewart

I was lucky to get a private tour of the offices of Martha Stewart offices.  Martha may not be regarded as ‘cutting edge’ in the design world, but her office was interesting and I was so pleased to have the tour!  One of the most interesting design details of the office were the white walls and modern furnishings.   It works perfectly in a space where the office decor is simply the project at hand.


It was fascinating to see the layout of various departments in this 150,000 sqft of offices – including a crafting room, test kitchen and my favorite, the prop room, to name just a few.  It was almost strange to see the furniture piece of last month’s cover of the organizing issue, in person!

The tour was a reminder of the many talents this woman has – she cooks, bakes, decorates, crafts and hosts a TV show!  It was wonderful to see such a successful business fused around the home. It was a great interior design experience.

Gramercy Park Hotel

This New York City hotel is an old landmark, with fabulous new interiors! Touted as “Bohemia reinvented for the 21st century”, this luxury boutique hotel has thoughtful, intelligent, eclectic and creatively designed.

Much of the furnishings are classic with tufting, decorative tape and deep velvets paired with funky modern art and light fixtures.  We went for “a” drink, seeing as every drink on the menu was around $20.00. It was a great stop on our short design tour of the city.