Where stunning design steals the spotlight

While great food is of the utmost importance, a beautiful design is also integral to a restaurant’s experience. 2018 saw a slew of big openings but the following spots stood out from the pack with their bold and stunning interiors. Whether it was an Asian-themed clubsteraunt or a lush and airy space that channeled the spirit of the Mediterranean, diners enjoyed a side of eye candy with every meal. So before the calendar turns to the new year, take a look back at some of the prettiest openings of the past 12 months.


Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ airy Mediterranean restaurant expands the Melman empire to Fulton Market. Located three floors above street level, Aba’s rooftop deck offers prime views of the city in a relaxing atmosphere. The space stays bright and alluring during the winter season thanks to skylights, lush greenery, lots of comfortable seating, and heated igloos on the patio. CJ Jacobson complements the experience with a variety of hummus, spreads, raw fish, kebabs, and more.