Atria: A Blend of Modern and Traditional Cuisine

Located in an historic midtown townhouse once occupied by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his family in the early 1900s, Atria has a cozy lounge on the main level, but the downstairs dining atrium is a strikingly modern space appointed with a colorful ceiling-art installation by artist Shaun Acton. Chef Martin Brock, a native of Bavaria, Germany, who most recently worked for chef Gray Kunz, also blends the modern and traditional in his cuisine. German references include classic Weisswurst served with Handlmaier mustard, while more contemporary flavors include lobster ravioli with shiitake mushrooms, pea shoots and yakitori glace, or grilled Arctic char with a braised endive, jicama, and blood orange emulsion. An expansive wine list also covers the classics such as a range of German Rieslings along with several emerging regions like Brda in Slovenia, Duoro in Portugal, and South Burgenland in Austria. With artful ambiance and food presentation, it’s a perfect destination after touring the Museum of Modern Art, located conveniently across the street. (212.262.4600, www.atrianyc.com)

—Jill Newman

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