Design on the Menu: The World's Most Stunning Bars and RestaurantsBy
A restaurant’s exciting décor may not add spice to a bland dish, but it can intensify the experience of dining out. The food at the Four Seasons, in New York, is good enough, but served in Philip Johnson’s legendary interior, it is just one part of a transcendent visual feast.
The annual Restaurant & Bar Design Awards toast the world’s most beautiful new bars and restaurants. This year, the judges inaugurated the best in each category from more than 860 entries. The winners: Les Haras, a brasserie in Strasbourg, France, designed by Jouin Manku, and FEI, an upscale watering hole located in a W hotel in Guanghzou, China, designed by A.N.D.
The judging panel also awarded 29 other bars and restaurants in categories broken down by region (U.K., Europe, Australia and Pacific, Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East and Africa) and venue type, such as standalone vs. multiple outposts of the same restaurant.
The two standouts in the Americas group are both in New York City. The Musket Room, designed by Alexander Waterworth Interiors, is a mix of classic midcentury modern furnishings, brass lighting, and such raw materials as slabs of walnut. The restaurant dishes up inventive twists on New Zealand cuisine in Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood. Tørst bar, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, offers a serious beer menu in a rustic-chic Nordic interior designed by hOmE.
A lovely environment can’t improve poor service or lackluster food, but it can make either one go down a bit more easily. Tour the slideshow above for some of this year’s other atmospheric places to wine and dine.