New Plate Special
Mark McMenamin -- Interior Design, 11/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
Anurag Nema and Orit Kaufman of Nema Workshop. Photo by Tony Gale.
Old-school diners are ubiquitous in Manhattan, and most New Yorkers have a favorite. So, for restaurateurs daring to fiddle with the iconic format, the challenge becomes innovation without alienation. With one hip hybrid—Cafeteria—under their belts, Mark Thomas Amadei and Andrew Glassberg turned to Anurag Nema and Orit Kaufman of Nema Workshop, expecting to strike java again with Delicatessen.
Stainless steel wraps the facade of the 4,700-square-foot, three-level downtown space, a nod perhaps to the streamline designs of yore. But inside, reclaimed spruce panels adjoin leather wall tiles atop epoxy terrazzo flooring, a mix as unexpected as the menu's Reuben Fritters. Familiarity reigns in the lower level mini bar, as Edison-style bulbs cast an amber glow on vintage bottles. But the mood swings avant-garde under the glass ceiling of the second-floor lounge, where Juan José Heredia's abstract murals grab the attention of new-generation noshers—and anyone else who likes their eggs over edgy.
Delicatessen's main dining room's leather wall tiles by Edelman Leather. The glass ceiling of the second-floorlounge. Photos by David Joseph.
The lower-level mini bar, with custom bar tables by Colber International.Photo by David Joseph.