Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Gastropub

For the foodie, the hottest thing going right now besides "Rustic Italian" seems to be the Gastropub. A trend from England, the Gastropub serves up cheap gourmet accompanied by specialty cocktails and beers from boutique brewery's, all wrapped up in an amazing setting. Think designer burger bar. With the design of a new Gastropub in the pipeline for Kenan Interiors, I decided to do a little precedent research. Below are my fav NYC Gastropubs.

European Union was designed by the incredibly talented AVROKO - with exposed brick walls, dim vintage industrial lighting and lots of bar and high top seating, the space provides a cozy atmosphere for the European Comfort Food on the menu.

A cult classic, The Spotted Pig, actually started the Gastropub craze in NY. The vintage looking furniture, mis-matched fabrics, and tin ceilings create a haphazard cool vibe to go with the haute comfort food.

5 Napkin Burger, A boutique burger chain, has three NYC locations and others in Boston and Miami. This hip burger bar isn't your typical - along with the burgers, the extensive menu also features items like Pork Taquitos and even a sushi platter - how's that for variety! The decor is a little Keith McNally with a raw edge. In my eyes, you can never go wrong with a little Subway tile and industrial lighting - the filament bulbs hanging from meat hooks and vintage scales are nice to authentic touches.

I'll keep you posted on the Gastropub as it progresses!

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