New York City restaurants have the most challenging spaces to work with while balancing a fully-functioning kitchen and areas for meals and conversations. Most Manhattan stores and restaurants are long and narrow. They have ceilings that are too high (lighting issues, anyone?) or too low. However, many restaurants transform their awkward and small spaces into part of an amazing restaurant experience. And when New York restaurants are done right, they trump the designs of those in larger, more spread out cities like Los Angeles or Miami.
These eight restaurants have embraced awkward corners or basements and now are considered some of the most intimate spaces in New York City. And these designs take influence from cozy and residential styles. So implementing these looks into your kitchen, dining room, or even bedroom, is doable.