The Clocktower is New York Edition’s new vibrant restaurant overlooking Madison Square Park by restaurateur Stephen Starr and Ian Schrager Company Design Studio. With just over 80 covers, the second floor space serves from breakfast to dinner under the direction of chef Jason Atherton.
Split into a series of themed rooms, there is a bar celebrating American artists, the billiard room celebrating musicians, and each of the three dining rooms depict American icons and New York street scenes. Christian Liaigre floor lamps create a luminous glow in the American Icons-themed Dining Room.
The horseshoe shaped bar is made entirely from a gold leaf finish. Above, providing a contrast to the bar, is a large opalescent 3-foot globe light made from fibreglass with iron suspension arms designed by Eric Schmitt, a contemporary French artist.
Adjacent to the bar, the Billiard room has an opulent feel and serves as a pre-dinner hang-out. Decked out in bold regent purple including the billiard table playing surface, dark mauve velvet seating banquettes, the chandelier and crushed purple carpet.
Beyond this the main dining areas are divided into three rooms, each with velvet banquette and seat cushion upholstery in a different colour accent; green, blue and rose. The restored ivory coloured ornamental plaster ceilings combine with the rose, green and blue seating to create a subtle play between modern and period detail.
Located on the second floor of the Manhattan Clocktower, the restaurant features original, restored oak floors stained in dark ebony, and mahogany wood table tops with dark fluted bronze tulip bases. French polished custom dining chairs upholstered in radiant tri-coloured velvet and walls are embossed by beautiful restored landmark mahogany wainscoting. In each room an oversized glass ring designed by Eric Schmitt casts a warm understated elegance and intimacy with two large fireplaces.
The overall restaurant contains a carefully curated series of black and white American icon photographs by Trunk Archive which are displayed in opulent French baroque gold leaf frames. Historical light fixtures, mahogany doors, wainscoting and floors have been restored and each room is inspired by the vibrant colours of Dutch Masters such as Vermeer and Rembrandt.