On the corner of the landmark 19th-century Townsend building, Sotto sits beneath the recently launched Italian restaurant, Lupetto (meaning “little wolf”). Both concepts were conceived by Mark Barak, restaurateur and owner of La Pecora Bianca.
A “Mad Men on holiday” theme informed Sotto’s design approach, which continues Lupetto’s narrative of a young wolf maturing and exploring his freedom. This theme begins at the bar’s stairwell, where inlaid brass wolf paw prints are paired with low-lit, pink- and golden-hued vignettes.
Sotto has an undeniable sensuality accentuated via custom-lighting elements. A showpiece velvet-framed chandelier, for example, is adorned with a squared grove of hand-dyed tassels. Triangular metallic sconces and delicate lamps illuminate the walls like jewels, while a low ceiling clad in dark burled wood creates the feeling of exclusivity and intimacy.
Custom outward-facing banquettes are styled to feel like a sofa, wrapped in a luxe pink velvet and comfortably set in a cozy nook.
“The moment you enter, you forget what time it is, let alone what number cocktail you’re on,” says Parts and Labor partner Danu Hassik. “It’s a very transporting space, which encourages guests to inhabit the current moment and focus on what’s right in front of them.”