New York, NY

Housed within an early 20th century building in Manhattan’s West Village, Bell Book & Candle is a restaurant serving contemporary American cuisine. Reflective of its casually elegant location, design elements reference the area’s historic cool and celebrated charm, embracing warm tones and antique touches. Completed in December 2010, the space took 16 months to finalize, with the design emphasizing the space’s farm-to-table concept and specialization in local and sustainable fare. GRADE designed and implemented an award-winning aeroponic rooftop tower garden atop the restaurant’s six-story building, ideal for the restaurant’s chefs to grow and gather fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables used in signature dishes.

To honor the neighborhood’s remarkable heritage, GRADE used reclaimed materials such as oak flooring, exposed brick, and cerused millwork, imbuing the restaurant with a rustic but sleek atmosphere. Bell Book & Candle’s color palette of neutral blues, grays and browns was derived from the produce found on the roof – a bounty of blueberries, eggplant and basil. The restaurant’s atmosphere is as inviting and appealing to locals as it is to out-of-town patrons.  (Sq ft: 5,940)