A Shortlist to NYC's Best Design Bars & Restaurants

A Shortlist to NYC’s Best Design Bars and Restaurants

Style and travel blogger, Catherine Dionne, shows us where design and drama meet at these sleek NY bars and restaurants:

ABC Cocina

Housed in the ABC building near Union Square, this eclectic and Latin fusion eatery is always bubbling.
38 East 19th Street, New York, NY 10003

The Clocktower

Perfect for a Madison Avenue business lunch or dinner. Located in Ian Schrager’s NY Edition Hotel, visitors will find three handsome dining rooms, a billiard room, and bar.
5 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010


Sample chic, modern, sleek Mexican haute-cuisine in the Flatiron. Dine in, or share a platter at the convivial bar. The roast duck in hand-made corn tortillas is a must!
35 E 21st St. New York, NY 10010


A former meatpacking plant in Williamsburg now sells coffee from a Colombian company, its story told by a roasting facility at the entry and the café’s coffee-plant wall.
69 Grand St. (at Wythe), Brooklyn, NY 11249

La Esquina

No longer a secret, it’s still a delicious treat to walk through the kitchen of a fast food joint to this delightful underground Mexican restaurant.
114 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

The Gem Hotel Bar

This Chelsea design hotel has a great little bar. It’s the perfect stop after a long afternoon of gallery hopping.
300 W 22nd Street, New York, NY, 10011

Le District

This French bistro food emporium and restaurant is adjacent to downtown’s North Cove Harbor.
Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10281

O Ya

One of New York’s best sushi restaurants, it’s understated and discrete – except for the bill.
120 East 28th Street, New York, NY 10016

Omar’s Bar & Restaurant

This Greenwich private dining club is the go-to insider secret for dinner or after hours; the bar, La Ranita, is open to non-members.
21 West 9th Street, New York, NY 10011

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Red Rooster, Harlem

Chef Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Harlem jewel brings uptown and downtown together in this Swedish-Soul food joint. There’s dancing and a live DJ on Monday nights. On weekends, guest will find special performances downstairs.
310 Lenox Avenue, Harlem, NY 10027

Tijuana Picnic

Can’t get a seat at La Esquina? Head to Tijuana Picnic for Mexican street food in this fun, quirky Lower East Side space. They’ve got a great brunch for hangovers.
151 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002 (between Stanton & Rivington)

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About the Author


Catherine Dionne is globetrotting blogger who worships fashion. Raised in New York City and fluent in four languages, she has lived throughout Europe and now resides in London. Her work in international finance, fashion, and acting has taken her around the world—from Asia to Scandinavia and Latin America. A previous position as an assistant stylist and editor-in-chief for Luxos Magazine granted her front row access to her favorite pastimes: runway shows and art exhibitions. Discover more of Catherine Dionne’s discriminating taste and stylish adventures at www.afrolista.com.


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