Italian cuisine

Manhattan’s Kimika restaurant mixes Japanese and Italian cuisine – and design

Terracotta and concrete offset serene Japanese elements throughout the interiors of Manhattan restaurant, Kimika.

Local design firm Bespoke Only designed interiors for Nolita restaurant, where chef Christine Lau specializes in Itameshi cuisine. The menu is full of Japanese-Italian dishes such as fried pizzas drizzled with miso with bologna and crispy rice cake lasagna. This rapprochement of cultures also nourishes the interiors where natural elements contrast with industrial bones.

Raw concrete pillars cross Manhattan Restaurant’s dining room, with wooden flooring and sanded parquet underfoot. These elements complement the muddy terracotta pops, linen curtains and mossy green velvet banquet, rattan dining chairs and dark wood bar stools.

It’s all brought together by the marble-topped bar, which has a fluted wooden facade that evokes a soft Japanese influence, softly picked up by the muted color palette.

40 Kenmare Street, New York, NY 10012 USA

Photography: Nicole Franzen

Photography: Nicole Franzen

Photography: Nicole Franzen

Bardot is a moody Finnish version of the classic French bistro