When The Interiors Are As Good as the Food: Restaurants We Loved This Year

by Debbie

One of the many activities that we absolutely love doing during our yearly US buying trips is EAT. There's no better place to find inspiration than restaurants where it's not just the food that makes us excited but the interiors, service and overall ambience. We're thrilled to share the places we always go back to, this year's new discoveries, and their impressive design details that never fail to give us visual pleasure. Read on to see what's on our list.

Faith & Flower, Los Angeles

" The Place is gigantic, with high ceilings, splashy art, and pretty girls, and the cocktail menu just won't quit. There are few places in America more fun to eat and drink well." 

photo from sunsetplaza.com

The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker Cafe, Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles

If you're looking for a cozy spot for Sunday brunch or just want to people watch on a sunny day in West Hollywood, BBCM Cafe in Sunset Plaza is perfect. 

Designed like an elegant European Cafe juxtaposed with the bright and trendy California look, it is surrounded by 100-year old olive trees in their outdoor patio for an al fresco dining experience. 

I personally loved their avocado toast with black beans and scrambled eggs served on a marble plate with iced coffee on a hot Sunday! 

The National Bar and Dining Rooms, 

New York

"With a smart, accessible and not terribly expensive menu by the chef Geoffrey Zakarian, the National delivers more than its Midtown location would promise, and handsomely.

– The New York Times

Conveniently located behind our New York hotel, The Waldorf - The National along Lexington Avenue is our go-to breakfast spot every year.  

The Rockwell Group, designers of the National, focuses on light and elegance with cream lacquer wood paneling, glazed cement tile floors, and custom blue leather upholstery. Our favorite detail aside from the black and white tiled flooring is the circular stairwell placed at middle of the bistro with a delivery bicycle parked underneath for a grand and interesting entrance. 

Photo from rockwellgroup.com

The Lucky Bee, New York

"This inviting Southeast Asian-inspired restaurant is housed in a quirky retro space accented by bold prints and neon lights.

– Michelin Guide
Photos from avrany.com

Avra Madison Estiatorio, New York 

After an evening of watching The Great Comet at the Imperial Theater, we headed to the marvelous Avra for dinner. It was 10:00 pm on a Tuesday night and the place was packed but despite the busy atmosphere, the decor gave off an airy ambience of a Greek seaside villa. Mixing rustic and refined - amphoras, washed columns, and a salt crystal and raw cement sculpture (by custom-commissioned artist Fernando Mastrangelo) surrounds the main dining room. Food and service was excellent. It was a sumptuous last night in New York!