The Concept Of ‘Chi’ Cascades Through This Design-Forward Eatery


interior of 53 restaurant with curved ceiling with rainbow wave inserts

curved archway inside restaurant 53

At the foot of the stylish Jean Nouvel-designed 53 West 53 tower, the aptly-named 53 is a new, design-forward restaurant with a focus on upscale Asian-fusion dishes. Ahmass Fakahany, who helms other eateries including Michelin-starred Marea and Ai Fiori, sought to create an environment equal parts chic and comfortable. “I have always been a strong believer in New York and its resiliency,” says Fakahany. “After all the stress of the past two years, I want our guests to relax and have fun.”

To achieve this effect, he called on Miami- and NYC-based design firm Icrave to outfit the multilevel 1,100-square-foot space. A striking feature, the main dining area is defined by a layered lattice-structured ceiling installation that cleverly refracts natural light with cascading blades lined in primary colors. Located directly below several MoMa galleries and displaying a rotation of art installations curated by Friedrich Petzel Gallery, 53 is inspired by the concept of chi—making it perfect for diners seeking to restore their energy amid unique decor.