in a recent post we talked about gilded lily, a gold-infused bar in chelsea which pulls the savvy party people from across manhattan to its doorstep. it would be a flagrant omission on our part if we didn't mention its equally new and sister establishment one floor up. called the monarch room, owners lisle richards and eric marx created another downright stunner with the help of interior design by new york-based design practice roman and williams. housed in a 1930s warehouse, the 180-seat restaurant has very much retained an industrial feel, but in a polished and sophisticated kind of way, resembling grand parisian bistros of yesteryear. the abundance of concrete is offset by dark wood, sofas clad in tufted burgundy leather and rather stunning light fixtures.
a circular opening in the ceiling with matching chandelier amps the visual drama. an elongated 10-seat raw bar occupies a corner of the premises near the entrance, and serves the freshest of seafood with matching side dishes. and speaking of food, the monarch room is headed by michael citarella, a chef with michelin star training and a true gourmet who knows his food. accordingly, the menu is quite eclectic and lists a slew of honest and seasonal farm-to-table dishes, using locally sourced ingredients. whether you pick the red pepper gnocchi, a succulent spiced duck breast or halibut with beets, watercress, poblano chili, it's all good. presentation and service are equally key here, but you may have gathered that already from the establishment's name. location: 408 west 15th street [chelsea].