Chef John Fraser first caught our attention for his use of rotisserie cooking when he spearheaded Narcissa, the market-fresh, locally geared restaurant at the Standard East Village. Fraser, a vegetarian, is now in charge of Nix, a chic, laid back eaterie that solely caters to this side of his personality.
Designed by owner James Truman, Fraser and Elizabeth Roberts Design, the interior has been conceived for diners to feel like they were at an elegant dinner party. The warm, intimate setting boasts noble details such as brass fittings on the feet of booth seats and gestural lamps made from whole pieces of natural wood that evoke the individuality of a home. Paper flowers created by Livia Cetti adorn the tables, while a row of shuttered windows (which conceals the kitchen) perpetuates the feeling of dining in cosy environs.
In this alluring setting, Fraser's innovative approach to vegetables manifests in imaginative plates filled with colour and flavour, and an exciting interpretation of vegetarianism that will convert even if the most reluctant.