While hordes of New Yorkers jet off to Paris, one notable Parisian name has made the opposite trip this summer. Buddha-Bar, the swanky pan-Asian lounge and restaurant, has officially made its return to NYC.
Nightlife OGs may remember the first Manhattan outpost of the international chain, which opened in the Meatpacking District over a decade ago. The raucous party spot found itself at the center of some ownership disputes, was forced to change its name, and eventually shuttered.
The new Buddha-Bar promises to be a bit more refined and drama-free, although the see-and-be-seen energy stemming from the name alone doesn't seem to be going anywhere.
The restaurant sits within a landmarked building in a vaulted two-story space with opulent design features perfectly aligned with the rustic beams and bricks of the original structure. The 16-foot glass Buddha sculpture is a striking centerpiece and brand hallmark, and has been given a modern upgrade with projections and digital art – creating an artistic focal point and adding to the unique Buddha-Bar ambience and vibe. The restaurant’s interiors feature fully custom décor and furnishings commissioned from Milan-based Laura Meroni, as well as custom-designed large-scale metal pendant lights that hang in the main dining room.
The menu is led by Executive Chef Andrew Riccatelli, who has held former leadership positions with Jean-Georges, Bobby Flay, Bagatelle, and most recently David Burke, and features innovative takes on dishes from the robata grill, as well as fresh sashimi, finely curated maki rolls, and Thai-inspired curries. Other signature dishes include A5 Miyazaki wagyu ribeye with crispy rice, soy emulsion, and garlic chips, and whole roasted cauliflower with black bean-chili oil, peanut and mint.
Insta-worthy food to go with the Insta-worthy interiors? Check and check!
"New York is the capital of the world, and New York deserves to have a restaurant like this. We spent more than six years searching for the right space, and more than five years building out the space, and we are thrilled to be opening the doors of Buddha-Bar Restaurant New York," Stefan Stefanov, Managing Director, said about the opening.
The noughties really are back in style - but we'd suggest leaving the low-rise jeans at home.
Buddha-Bar Restaurant New York, 62 Thomas Street
[Photos via Buddha-Bar]