Situated within Lower Manhattan’s new Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC), Metropolis by chef Marcus Samuelsson—known for Harlem restaurant Red Rooster and Hav & Mar in Manhattan’s Chelsea district—has opened its doors.
The contemporary American restaurant, designed by Rockwell Group, is a culinary celebration of New York’s five boroughs, which have been shaped by generations of immigrants. The space boasts a 135-seat dining room, a 16-seat private dining room, and a 70-seat seasonal terrace equipped with a bar.
Metropolis is intentionally intertwined with the PAC NYC lobby, which is defined by a striking Sapele wood ribbon ceiling with backlit nodes that guides visitors from the entrance through a set of exposed trusses to discover all of Metropolis.
Metropolis features a custom walnut service bar cart and host stand that is bedecked with the same antique brass mesh and blackened steel that details the main restaurant’s service stations. Vintage area rugs delineate dining areas, imbuing them with warmth and elegance. Lounge and dining furniture was crafted with black-stained wood or walnut and neutral upholstery, along with added pops of burgundy that recall the performance hall seating.
The bar is adorned with a zinc bar top and a blue-gray leather wraparound, while the bar die is clad in blue-gray metallic glazed ceramic tiles assorted in a rhythmic pattern.
Accessible through the kitchen, the speakeasy-style private dining room is reminiscent of a warm and welcoming wine cellar. The room is designed with pencil ledge wainscoting and built-in millwork for service and cabinet space, while open shelving elegantly displays wine bottles.
The room’s centerpiece is a custom 14-foot-long walnut dining table, surrounded by a vintage patchwork rug that adds a touch of nostalgia to the polished concrete floor. A linear chandelier installed above the table features round luminaires, mimicking a newly budded tree branch, while cast glass diffused sconces offer soft, atmospheric light.