De Maria — New York, USA
Straddling the boundaries of Nolita and the Lower East Side, De Maria is an attractive, yet relaxed all-day eatery in New York City, doling out a carefully edited menu of modern day comforts.
Designed by New York-based firm The MP Shift, in collaboration with creative director Grace Lee and art director Nikki Brand, the restaurant’s fashionably austere interior references the work of Walter de Maria, of whom it also takes its name.
Muted pastels, light wood panels, and mid-century inspired furniture collectively give the cosy space an inviting aura. Painted brick walls, archways and columns bring a raw eccentricity to the room, while suspended bulb lighting adds a touch of polish.
In such a setting, chef Camille Becerra serves up nourishing seaweed and poached egg-topped grain bowls, homemade banana bread and giant mugs of chilli-tumeric bone broth in elegant, hand-crafted dishes. The restaurant recently added dinner to its offering, with plates such as salt cod croquettes, chickpea fritters and a robust lamb chop.
A cocktail lounge is also set to open downstairs, allowing diners to round out their healthful meal with just the right note of indulgence.