The Underground: A Restaurant


Located on W. 26th Street in Manhattan, just West of Broadway, special considerations were made to meet the local market and its hourly transitions .  This restaurant expands the covert, the special, and the rare---and their illicit  exchange--into a visceral experience.  The floor plan is calibrated to disclose a unique series of vantages, each more coveted and discreet than the last (indicated in plan by “zones”).  Antique subway cars strategically divide the space while providing seating.  1930’s and 40’s pulchritude informs the culinary encounter by contextualizing the client in a time during United States history when even day-to-day items were in scarce supply.  The fantasy and intrigue correlated with covert industry animate the space through finishes, material selection and lighting.

Rendering: Ground Floor Main Bar

Rendering: Underground Dining Room

Concept Development: Black Market Items

Floor Plans with Privacy Zone Diagram Overlay

Concept Development: Collage

Lounge Furniture Selection

Place Setting 

Vintage Subway Car Sudy