Verōnika – Discover The NYC’s Most Stylish Luxury Restaurant
Having created stunning interiors for hotels and luxury restaurant designs, AD100 designers Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer, founders of Roman and Williams, are no strangers to the myriad challenges surrounding hospitality design. This luxury restaurant is a fine dining experience for every design lover.
Their latest luxury restaurant project, Veronika, inside Gramercy’s new Fotografiska, is a branch of the famed Swedish photography museum.
The generous scale of the luxury dining room and its arched windows and high ceilings immediately won over theinterior designers, who worked in concert with the restaurateur Stephen Starr. “For example, the native stained glass window we rescued and used as part of the wall in the bar area—we were required to use all of the massive stained glass windows, and the Landmark Commission loved our idea of repurposing one into a wall,” says Standefer.
Drawing inspiration from the Art Nouveau movement and the grand cafés of Vienna and Budapest, this modern restaurant showcases a range of Eastern European styles and ideas. In the luxury bar, a bohemian forest landscape mural by New York-based painter Dean Barger, similar to the one at Le Coucou’s entry bar, contrasts with a honed Black St. Laurent marble-topped surface and a stained glass window inlaid into the wall. “Through the mural, design, and decor of the bar area, we heightened the tension between the two with earthy and cyan tones and composition reminiscent of the early and not frequently recognized work of Piet Mondrian,” says Alesch.
Rounding out the overall design are custom brass luxury chandeliers, pale oak floors, wood-trimmed arched doorways, and curvy mohair seating. “The deliberate palette contributes to the otherworldly experience of the luxury restaurant with a combination of deep greens and cyans and dusty oranges and creamy vanilla,” says Standefer. Polished Rosa Perlino marble tabletops feature custom egg-shaped lights casting the perfect mood while one devours Eastern European staples like escargots, Wiener schnitzel, and lamb goulash with spaetzle. This luxury restaurantis the paradise of luxury interior design.