Simple, clean ingredients are the focus of Chef Andrew Carmellini’s new farm-to-table restaurant located in the recently revamped Smyth hotel in Tribeca. And like the menu, crisp and straightforward design brings a relaxed elegance to the 85-seat eatery, thanks to New York City–based Gachot Studios, which was also tapped to overhaul the entire 14-story hotel.
While inspired by the Carmellini’s “fresh and innovative” fare, said Christine Gachot, co-founder of Gachot Studios, the design needed to be in sync with the busy, day-to-day rhythm of the hotel. “When designing a restaurant that resides within a hotel we have to be mindful of the fact that it needs to be open from first thing in the morning until very late in the evening.” To achieve this, the firm used a “versatile lighting scheme” and a muted color palette, including a ceiling clad in whitewashed wood and a white marble mosaic tiled floor arranged by hand into a fan pattern.
The 2,000-square-foot, L-shaped space consists of a bar area and dining room, and is furnished with oak tables, Josef Hoffmann–designed chairs, and leather banquettes with custom-woven textiles. Large windows allow for ample daylight. A Simon Shubuck painting hangs on one wall of the dining room, adding a burst of color and playfulness to the gracefully restrained interior.