Rockwell Group creates “cathedral of fried chicken” for NYC restaurant

Glass and bronze modules form an arch of light over a dining booth

Arches of mild warmly illuminate this Korean fried chicken cafe in New York’s Flatiron district, designed by Rockwell Team.

Coqodaq is the brainchild of restauranteur Simon Kim’s Gracious Hospitality Administration, the group powering the Michelin-starred and James Beard-nominated COTE Korean Steakhouse.

At Cododaq, glass and bronze modules form arches of gentle more than diners

The new restaurant presents an elevated just take on conventional Korean-fashion fried hen, encouraging diners to indulge in nuggets topped with caviar and to pair its “bucket” dishes with champagne.

“Built by Rockwell Group as ‘the cathedral of fried chicken’, the cafe style delivers a daring, nevertheless refined eating working experience that skillfully integrates Korean and American influences, placing them at the forefront of this engaging culinary experience,” said the restaurant staff.

Restaurant interior with moody material palette and warm lighting
The restaurant’s moody product palette and heat lights established the tone for an elevated take on Korean fried rooster

To make the appropriate environment for this working experience, Rockwell Group opted for a dark and moody interior of prosperous components and small, heat lights.

“Our purpose was to seize the essence of this one of a kind notion and impressive strategy to fried rooster and translate it into a memorable eating expertise,” said founder David Rockwell.

Booth seating with crackled plaster wall panels above
Plaster wall panels feature a crackled effect akin to fried chicken skin

Upon entry, guests are invited to clean their arms in leathered soapstone basins, above which a row of pill-formed light bands glow inside a bronzed mirror that also wraps onto the facet partitions.

Earlier the host stand, an location with four higher-top rated tables delivers a room reserved for walk-ins in front of garage-fashion windows.

A long bar topped with black soapstone and fronted with tambour wood
The extended bar is topped with black soapstone and fronted with tambour wood

The principal dining space is formed by a series of green leather-based and dim walnut booths on either side of a central walkway.

A series of illuminated arches soar overhead, fashioned from rippled glass and bronze modules that resemble bubbling oil in a deep-extra fat fryer.

Champagne collection displayed in glass cases with bubble-like lighting
The restaurant’s considerable champagne assortment is shown in glass situations with bubble-like lights

At the stop of this procession, a mirrored wall displays glowing arches and makes the illusion of doubled area. In the meantime, plaster wall panels attribute a crackled influence, nodding to the crispy pores and skin of the fried chicken.

“The product palette was pushed by a wish to surround diners in an envelope of warmth, making a joyful position to be at any time,” Rockwell explained.

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Extra booth seating to one aspect is adopted by the lengthy bar, topped with black soapstone, fronted by tambour wood and backed by a luminous black liquor shelf.

The restaurant’s considerable champagne selection – which it promises is the most significant in The usa – is displayed inside glass cabinets set up with globe-formed lights that appear like large bubbles.

Area with high-top tables reserved for walk-in diners
At the front of the cafe is an spot with higher-top rated tables reserved for stroll-in diners

“Simon and I share the perception that the most crucial thing about dining establishments is how they ritualise coming together for a shared, celebratory practical experience and Coqodaq offers the ideal template for that,” claimed Rockwell.

Considering that Tony Award-successful designer founded his eponymous organization in New York 40 many years ago, the studio has developed to a 250-particular person procedure with supplemental places of work in Los Angeles and Madrid.

Hand-washing station with leathered soapstone basins and rings of light above
Upon arrival, friends are encouraged to clean their hands in leathered soapstone basins

Amid Rockwell Group’s recent hospitality initiatives are the Metropolis restaurant and lobby areas at the Perelman Arts Centre (PAC NYC) and Zaytina inside the Ritz-Carlton Lodge.

We have highlighted a few fried rooster dining establishments recently, including a 1960s-affected spot in Los Angeles and a neon-illuminated eatery in Calgary.

The pictures is by Jason Varney.