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

Serene interiors that pack in flavour

Terracotta and concrete offset serene Japanese elements across the interiors of Manhattan eatery, Kimika.

Local design practice Bespoke Only crafted interiors for the Nolita restaurant, where chef Christine Lau specialises in Itameshi cuisine. The menu is packed with Japanese-Italian dishes such as miso-drizzled fried pizzas with mortadella and crispy rice cake lasagna. This coming-together-of-cultures also feeds the interiors where natural elements contrast industrial bones.

Raw concrete pillars cross the Manhattan restaurant’s dining room, with wooden floorboards and sanded parquet underfoot. These elements complement pops of muddy terracotta, linen drapes and mossy green velvet banquet, rattan dining chairs and dark wood barstools.

Bringing it all together is the marble-topped bar, which has a fluted timber front that evokes a soft, Japanese influence, gently echoed by the muted colour palette.

40 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012 USA

Photography: Nicole Franzen
Photography: Nicole Franzen
Photography: Nicole Franzen

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