The restaurant, which opened this month, was set up by owners Kim Hoang, Dennis Ngo and Tuan Bui – a trio of first-generation Vietnamese-Americans. The aim is to provide traditional cuisine in a contemporary setting that looks and feels appropriate for New York.
"Di An Di transports us to the spirit of Dalat, a countryside north of Ho Chi Minh City, where city dwellers take refuge to the rolling hills and the lush landscapes," Bui told Dezeen.
"The interior is meant to reflect the food and the culture of the restaurant itself – fresh, bright, transportive and driven by community," added Hoang.
Bui therefore did not have to look far for materials and products to complete the space, which is divided into two main zones.
In the bright dining area, brickwork is painted white and daylight floods in through skylights. Custom banquettes that line the walls were fabricated at A/D/O – a creative venue backed by car brand MINI that is located a few blocks away.
"Kim had a vision of creating continuous banquette seating that weaves and connects the three sections of the restaurant together," said Bui.
Seat backs on the white and wood banquettes are coloured sage green and pale pink respectively, complementing the distressed timber flooring and wide variety of plants across the restaurant.
The bar area has a much more intimate feel, thanks to the darker shades used. Surfaces are coloured in a much deeper green, matching wall coverings printed with palm and monstera leaves from Brooklyn-based Flavor Paper.
Copper pipes form frames for shelving, light fixtures and trims around the bar. Wooden chairs and stools complete the interior, while a neon sign by New York artist Nastia Kobza hangs in the street-facing window.
"The desire for simplicity, and timeless materials led us to wood, brass, and copper, and of course our beloved plants and shades of green painted throughout," said Bui.
Photography is by Charlie Schuck.
Interior design/build: Huy Bui
Design consultant, interior decor: Michael Yarinsky
Custom lighting: Ladies and Gentlemen Studio
Wallpaper: Calico Wallpaper
Wallpaper: Flavor Paper
Neon design: Nastia Kobza
Materials: Madera Surfaces