Modern Restaurants To Dine With The Best Artwork In The World
Art and food have always had a harmonious relationship—just look at Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper. So it comes as no surprise that a big trend in art today has to do with eating: modern restaurants are morphing into art galleries. These days, though, you don’t have to eat at a museum to see excellent art. Contemporary restaurants around the world are attracting patrons with their own art collections and rotating exhibitions.
This luxury restaurant in London is an artwork itself. Designed by India Mahdavi, this modern restaurant is divided into five rooms. The Gallery is a pastel pink wonderland housing 239 sketches by British artist David Shrigley. Each room is covered in various forms of art, but the bathrooms might just be the most talked-about—egg-like pods serving as stalls are housed under a ceiling printed with a colorful grid.
The Gladedining room looks like an enchanted forest designed by artists Carolyn Quartermaine and Didier Mahieu.
The elegant Casa Lever, located in Midtown Manhattan, serves Milanese fine cuisine against a wall of colorful Warhol portraits. While waiting for your meal, ask for the art catalogue to learn about each portrait. The food is as exquisite as the art and beautifully plated. Must-tries include the ahi tuna tartare with raspberry pollen, the daily risotto and the arrabbiata pasta. The building, which the modern restaurant is connected to—the Lever House—is also artful. A New York City landmark, it is one of the city’s first historic skyscrapers.
Wallsé is a modern restaurantwhich offers an impeccable integration between fine dining & fine art – a new-found finesse in everything from the flavors to the service, art and design.
The minimalistic and contemporary 20th-century artwork that adorns both restaurant dining rooms makes Wallsé the most tasteful corner in the West Village and an ideal spot for those looking to find their inspiration in one of New York’s cultural gems. The fine dining experienceat Chef Gutenbrunner’s flagship is light and refined, and the dishes are characterized by their polished adaptation of traditional Viennese and European classics, which can be elegantly paired with a world-class wine list.
In addition to being one of the chicest bars in New York City, Bemelmans Bar, located inside The Carlyle, is filled with large, gorgeous antique murals by Ludwig Bemelmans (the famed creator of Madeline books and illustrator for Town & Country and New Yorker.) The murals remain the only surviving work by Bemelmans on view to the public and depict New York City scenes with a classic hint of whimsy.
The Carlyle is an integral part of New York history. As the city’s premier luxury residential hotel, it was a famous gathering place for socialites, world leaders and celebrities when Ludwig Bemelmans began to create his masterpiece murals at the hotel bar. Bemelmans was a successful artist for The New Yorker, Vogue and Town and Country and had achieved enormous success with the Madeline children’s books series. Using his distinct style of art, he transformed the bar with whimsical scenes of Central Park that included picnicking rabbits and ice skating elephants.