AMERICAN CUT / SAN JUAN
Combining contemporary, Art Deco-inspired design with historic architectural details, LDV Hospitality’s American Cut MIDTOWN celebrates New York's glamorous, gilded past.
The experience starts at the bar, where the ornamental plaster walls are covered in a rich, dark bronze paint; a modern monochromatic statement that enhances the dimensionality of the details and sets a sophisticated, sexy mood. In the main dining room, American Cut's signature ornamental brass and bronze metal chevron screens are juxtaposed against the historic, Gothic revival framework of raised wood and mirror paneling and leaded glass windows that define the perimeter of the space. Black and white photos of 1970's era New York are installed gallery style on the wall panels, punctuated by Langdon Clay's iconic 1979 42nd Street Panorama, a 15 foot long print documenting Times Square's gritty, exhilarating past. The three custom, brass cubist chandeliers that illuminate in the main dining room are reminiscent of a modern cityscape and inspired by the bold geometric forms of 1920'era New York. Charcoal gray chairs and button-tufted black banquettes add a layer of contemporary sophistication, while the elegant lacquer finished rosewood tables with brass trim suggest the romance and indulgent style of the Deco period. The overall design creates a space that at once celebrates the building's rich, architectural history while maintaining an assertively modern vision.
All photos by Andrew Thomas Lee