ISSUE 50  |  White Christmas

Restaurant Visit: Goat Town in New York

December 16, 2011 9:55 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Owner Nicholas Morgenstern (proprietor of the General Greene in Ft. Greene) is aiming for an "elevated everyday American bistro experience" with Goat Town, his recently opened East Village restaurant. For the design, Morgenstern called on Evan and Oliver Haslegrave of Home, the Brooklyn-based design firm behind Manhattan Inn and Paulie Gee's, among other dining establishments. The brothers created an instantly aged environment using reclaimed industrial pieces; they also tiled the banquettes in glossy white subway tiles, which adds a glimmer to the dining room during evening hours. For more information, go to Goat Town.

Above: The name Goat Town references Washington Irving's name for Manhattan (Gotham, an Anglo-Saxon word meaning "goat town").

Above: Whitewashed exposed brick walls lighten the otherwise darkish space.

Above: The tiled banquettes gleam in the candlelight.

Above: A lighting fixture made from croquet mallets.

Above: The Haslegrave brothers created many of the restaurant's components in their Greenpoint loft.

Above: Background music emanates from the turntable.

Above: Rows of lights illuminate the entrance to the WCs.

Above: The bath seems of another century.

Above: Even the exit signage has a vintage appeal.