The 15-acre Park Château Estate & Gardens in East Brunswick, New Jersey, recently opened Orchard Park by chef David Burke inside its Château Grande Hotel. To bring the restaurant’s interiors to life, he tapped Andres Escobar of New York-based Lemay + Escobar Architecture.
Inspired by both classic New York City dining and midcentury, French-American style, Orchard Park is an elegant restaurant anchored by a private dining room with Burke’s signature illuminated pink Himalayan salt brick wall. Escobar created contrast throughout the dining room with round black marble tables alternated by square white ones and green and blue upholstered chairs alongside hazelnut leather banquettes with walnut and mosaic tile flooring. “My goal was to design an American brasserie with a European feel,” says Escobar. “David and I wanted people to feel welcomed and comfortable like in France, whether you are wearing jeans or dressed up.”