Andres Escobar, Escobar Design by Lemay, and David Burke, creative masters in their respective realms, have completed their first restaurant collaboration with Tavern62 by David Burke, which opened in early October 2016 to immediate acclaim. Located in a 3,265-square-foot space spanning the first two floors of a turn-of-the-century townhouse at 135 East 62nd Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues. Designed as a nod old New York refinement, Tavern62 by David Burke is a paean to such fine-dining taverns as 21 Club, Keens Steak House erstwhile bastion of Wall Street camaraderie, Delmonico’s. But while the traditional warm-hued background, this time with a burnt orange twist, and dark wood furnishings are tavern standards, an unmistakably contemporary design context is also evident throughout the space, as depicted by such whimsical accents as bowler-shaped sconces above the red leather banquettes in the lounge and locally-themed artwork, including pieces from Chef Burke’s personal collection, such as a vintage Bugatti race model hanging over the bar.
“David and I were instantly in synch with our ideas for re-interpreting the original space,” points out Mr. Escobar. “From light-hearted sculptures and fixtures to an upscale, classic dining environment in the main room, we have created a destination for the neighborhood, surrounding office community, shoppers and tourists, alike.”
Divided into four distinctly designed dining experiences, there is a traditionally styled lounge on the first floor with both a stylish wood bar and banquette seating, but with a surprising host of characters in sculpture, including a scholarly Victorian Humpty Dumpty bronze reading a book atop the bar. The second-floor opens to a landing with a combination preparation area and dessert counter. There is also is wine closet and a private dining alcove at the head of the stairs clad in back-lit bricks composed of Pink Himalayan sea salt – a signature David Burke motif — with a black-and-white tile floor punctuated by a variety of design accents. At the front of this level is the sophisticated main dining room, notable for its mellow ambiance, soft lighting, well-spaced tables and chairs with rich navy upholstery, and contemporary artwork. In the back of the second level is a library-themed room that may be partitioned for private events, featuring both banquettes and long rows of table seating for up to 46 people. Moreover, behind this section will be a separate, glass-enclosed solarium for al fresco dining when the weather is clement.