Casa Lever—the acclaimed Milanese restaurant in midtown Manhattan’s Lever House building—has long delivered an artful dining experience with its curved white walls lined with Andy Warhol’s iconic silk-screen portraits. In late 2014 the venerable collection—courtesy of Lever House Art Collection—added 13 more of the artist’s colorful pop paintings, bringing portraits of such luminaries as Douglas Cramer, Judy Garland, Ernesto Esposito, and Gabrielle Navarra to the ultramodern space.
The collection—which includes pieces on loan from several private collectors—now totals 32 original portraits, including such familiar faces as the Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, Aretha Franklin near the restaurant’s entrance, and Alfred Hitchcock above a leather-bound banquette. For those with an appetite for authentic Italian fare as well as art, executive chef Alessandro Caporale delivers traditional dishes (including sea urchin linguine and veal Milanese) with an artful flair of their own. (casalever.com)