Like many of the buildings in Manhattan’s meatpacking district, The Old Rum Store building has an industrial past. Designer Chris Wilks from Giant Design seized this fact when planning the layout of Eastside Grill.
Existing exposed brick walls were retained as well as the statement arched windows overlooking Kensington Street. Combined with cues from American steakhouses such as dark timbers, leather upholstery and bronze paneling the space emulates the atmosphere of a New York warehouse.
Dark, sexy and theatrical, the restaurant features a leather paneled-bar with bronze back bar display. A custom brass light fixture, a runway of herringbone flooring and an assortment of steel and leather chairs, marrying the existing raw structure of this 100 year old building with the classic elements of a New York grill.
However, it is the ten meter stretch on either side of the bar that is most likely to catch the eye. This is where a gargantuan mural by Belgian-born graffiti artist Caratoes sits. As her first commission in the Southern Hemisphere, the internationally acclaimed Caratoes has used a flurry of NYC-cab yellow and charcoal to make a work reminiscent of New York by night. Japanese influences have been incorporated to tie together an impressive piece of artwork that is impossible to miss.
“The interior design is reflective of the warehouse-style restaurant spaces populating New York’s Brooklyn and Meatpacking District and the name stems from New York being on the east coast of the US and the fact the restaurant is located on the east side of Kensington Street. Eastside Grill is a homage to two of my favorite places to visit provides for another first-rate dining experience in Chippendale.”
– Dr. Stanley Quek, Greencliff Executive Chairman