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02.04.2009
Open: Restaurant & Bar
Trigo Restaurant & Bar
Felix De Voss

Trigo Restaurant & Bar
268 West Broadway
Tel: 212-925-1600
Designer: Angel & Kunnos

The newly constructed, 4,500-square-foot structure that houses Trigo was inspired by Tribeca’s history as a brawny industrial district. Designed by Albert Angel and Elle Kunnos of Angel & Kunnos, this addition to the downtown dining scene packs plenty of grandeur yet conveys an inviting aura despite its size. With 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and materials like iron latticework, black-and-white stone tiles, steel-and-brass detailing, and antiqued mirrors—the space reflects the turn-of-the-century food markets that inspire Trigo’s Mediterranean-infused cuisine. Working on a tight schedule—“The fact that the clients contracted us to design Trigo in five weeks, from schematic design to construction documents, is rather startling,” Angel dryly told AN—the team divided the space into three areas. A casual meeting space welcomes guests as they arrive, with a brass bar decorated by a back-lit iron curtain. Next, a large antipasti table gives diners an up-close look at the restaurant’s earth-stone hearth. Finally, the main dining area is illuminated by the glow of three custom-made, bare-bulb chandeliers—a bit of old Tribeca, grandly deconstructed.

Danielle Rago