Mercer Kitchen

Five design-centric eateries to dine at during NYC Restaurant Week 2017

New York's annual Restaurant Week returns this summer, offering discounts at some of the city's hottest dining spots. We've chosen five venues with the best interiors for those who appreciate both design and food.

Organised by tourism platform NYC & Company, the event has 390 participating restaurants, serving a wide variety of cuisines across the city's five boroughs.

The event is not actually constrained to seven days – foodies can take advantage of brunch, lunch and dinner deals on set menus from 24 July to 18 August 2017. Bookings can be made through the NYC Restaurant Week website.

Here are our five picks that offer both good food and great design:


Mercer Kitchen

Mercer Kitchen

For the restaurant at The Mercer hotel in SoHo, French designer Christian Liaigre aimed to create the atmosphere of a casual family kitchen using communal dining tables and an open cooking area.

World-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's American-influenced menu is served in the largely subterranean restaurant, which has room for 200 diners among original brick walls and wenge-wood furnishings.

99 Prince Street, SoHo


Leuca

Leuca

The interior of this Southern Italian restaurant was created by Toronto-based Studio Munge, which was responsible for outfitting the entire William Vale hotel where it is located.

The space is split into two sides – the bar and casual dining area has a light, airy design, while the other features warm, wood panelling, designed to evoke an Italian country house.

111 North 12th Street, Williamsburg


Nobu Downtown

Nobu Downtown

New York's Rockwell Group is behind the design of the latest branch of the Nobu chain which, like its predecessors, serves Peruvian-Japanese cuisine.

A wooden sculpture based on the brushstrokes of Japanese calligraphy spans the ceiling of the underground restaurant, above red walls, chairs and banquettes.

195 Broadway, Financial District


Mission Chinese Food

Mission Chinese Food

This celebrated Chinese restaurant in a former nightclub is deliberately designed to be tacky.

Executive chef Angela Dimayuga commissions her many creative contacts to create ever-changing installations in the brick-lined, double-height space at the back, ranging from a sci-fi cave to an assemblage of silk and wood kites.

171 East Broadway, Chinatown


Fowler and Wells

Fowler and Wells

Located in one of New York's hottest new hotels, The Beekman, Fowler and Wells was designed by London-based Martin Brudnizki to tie into his work elsewhere on the historic Temple Court building.

Its intentionally dishevelled appearance is created with antique furniture and vintage chandeliers, which complement the restored original details and stained-glass windows.

5 Beekman Street, Financial District