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We went inside 3 of the most beautiful bars in New York City — and the winner was clear

We went inside 3 of the most beautiful bars in New York City — and the winner was clear


  • Some of the best bars for design and aesthetic in the world are located in New York City.
  • The Spaniard, Nobu Downtown, and Flora Bar all have unique interior decor and menu offerings.
  • We visited each bar and compared them on design, menus, and overall aesthetic to determine a winner.


Late last year Surface Magazine released its list of The Best Restaurant and Bar Designs of 2017 in the world. The list focuses on the architectural designs of the spaces, as well as the detail that went into their build.

Three of the bars that made it onto the list are in Manhattan, in New York City, so we decided to check them out for ourselves.

The Spaniard, Nobu Downtown, and Flora Bar all have a unique aesthetic and menu. From tuna tartare, to patty melts, to yellowtail sushi these bars offer delicious bar food paired with a perfect cocktail — all within a beautifully designed space.

Inside Flora, you’re surrounded by bare concrete and served some of the best food in the city. At Nobu Downtown, bar-goers sit below a massive wooden sculpture to enjoy cocktails. The Spaniard will leave you in awe of the incredible attention to detail.

Below, a look inside the bars and which one we think is the clear winner.

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Flora Bar is nestled under the Met Breuer Museum — which focuses on modern and contemporary art — and serves brunch, lunch, and dinner, as well as coffee at an attached café. The building was named after its architect, Marcel Breuer, and housed The Whitney Museum for nearly 50 years.

The Upper East Side restaurant was ranked No. 5 by The New York Times in their Top New York Restaurants of 2017 round up.

Source: The New York Times

“A simple red disc on a white plate, Flora Bar’s tuna tartare isn’t like any I’ve had before; it pops with toasted flax seeds and crunches with fried shallots, neither of which hides the clean, cold taste of chopped yellowfin tuna,” New York Times food critic Pete Wells wrote in his review of Flora Bar.

Source: The New York Times

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