La Sirena at the Maritime Hotel
New York City
Award of Merit
Owner Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group
Lead Design Firm TPG Architecture
General Contractor Shawmut Design and Construction
Created in a partnership by celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, La Sirena at the Maritime Hotel is a 14,000-sq-ft restaurant space in Manhattan. Dining rooms built on each end of the bar feature massive glass windows with doors that can be opened in the warmer months. The project was a complete renovation of an existing restaurant space.
The team worked along the plaza level, mezzanine level and on the subcellar level while the hotel was fully operational, requiring careful communication. Formal weekly kick-off meetings were held to keep all participants aware of the construction schedule.
The aesthetic quality of the restaurant is apparent in the new bar area, which highlights a bar that is nearly 75 ft long and fabricated with Caesarstone. The structure serves as a design focal point and provides an area for restaurant patrons to congregate and socialize.
The renovation’s most dramatic change is the glass-enclosed 38-ft bar that bisects the plaza, connecting the north and south dining rooms. All three spaces are united by sleek white and gray furniture and surfaces. The curved pavers that line the plaza are inspired by the designs of the 1960s.
The functionality of the restaurant space, which can accommodate up to 200 guests, is enhanced by the massive glass windows and the four-season outdoor patio.