Zaytinya Ritz-Carlton New York José Andrés by Rockwell Group

José Andrés’ innovative mezze restaurant, Zaytinya, has finally arrived in New York, the 140-seat destination restaurant located in the Ritz Carlton, offering a menu of classic Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisines served in an elegant setting set up by top Tier architecture and design studio, Rockwell Group.

Celebrating the two Michelin star chef’s vast knowledge of European cuisine, Zaytinya’s menu blends perfectly with the airy space, the Rockwell Group’s design including the shimmering blue of the Mediterranean Sea, a light and neutral palette of bronze metals warmers and white oak wood, pattern details and specially commissioned artwork.

After years of research and travel, Andrés has crafted a menu of small plates to share of authentic and innovative dishes, creative cocktails and unique Mediterranean wines, which will be overseen by Chef Jose Ayala at this NoMad venue.

In the dining room, guests eat under exposed wooden ceiling beams interspersed with linen-textured acoustic panels that match floor strips to create a sense of rhythm throughout the space. Layers of sheer blue shaded curtains line the expansive floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the street, providing a slight privacy, allowing diners to be transported from the bustle of New York to the calm of the Mediterranean coast; Rockwell Group’s soft, undulating curves and an assortment of textures——alongside woven textile pendants in varying shapes and heights——cast a warm hue throughout.

Taking up much of the back wall of the space, the bar was constructed with a blue lava stone top and a chiseled stone bar matrix, with a custom backlit bar screen comprised of inspired two-tone blue glass discs of the Evil Eye ‘Mati’. sure to grab the attention of partygoers.

Along with his popular Washington DC-based older brother Zaytinya at the Ritz-Carlton New York, José Andrés brings his meze magic from the nation’s capital to his gastronomy.


Zaytinya at the Ritz-Carlton New York José Andrés Designed by Rockwell Group
Zaytinya at the Ritz-Carlton New York José Andrés Designed by Rockwell Group

Photography, Jase Varney.

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