653 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10035
Print, a recently-opened gem in Hell's Kitchen, has quickly become a recommendable favorite amongst New Yorkers looking for simple, authentic and pure American cuisine. Envisioned by Adam Block, longtime restaurant designer and sole operator of this venture, Print skips the overly-exaggerated, high-brow bravado that most restaurants seek to lure the masses, and instead opts for simplicity: casual décor, farm-to-table food, and sophisticated taste.
To tailor the interior to his vision, Block sought the talent of David Rockwell, an architect and designer responsible for constructions like the Kodak Theatre and the W Hotels, to remodel the onetime printing plant. Located in the lobby of the Ink48 Hotel, the venue's clean, modern style stretches throughout the restaurant with shingled accent walls blessing certain areas, and updated retro-pattered wallpaper adorning others. Thick white columns fire pole down from wood-paneled ceilings, while brown and green color combinations pop up in Heath Ceramics dishware. The tables are goldenly garnished in copper-topped finishing and accompanied by Hans Wegner wishbone chairs. All of these subtle complexities birth a relaxed appearance that allows the diner to feel comfortable in their surroundings, while still being able to grasp that hint of cosmopolitan.
Serving breakfast, lunch and diner, Chefs Charles Rodriguez and (wife) Heather Carlucci- Rodriguez present a farm-fresh picking of dishes decked with locally-procured ingredients, aimed at preserving taste while promoting health. Some of their offerings include grass-fed burgers (made from Arcadian pasture cows, covered in New York cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, and pickled red onions), grilled pastured chicken (cooked with roasted parsnips, celery root, beets and sautéed broccoli rabe), and tender fettuccine (tossed with succulent buttered lobster and Romanesco cauliflower). Also to be noted, the water served at Print has all been filtered and chilled, and the butter and ice cream are both made in-house.
If you've had your fair share of international eats for the week and just want to settle down with something American and simple, yet tasty and familiar, go to Print and be greeted with stylish swank, healthy eats, and visual and culinary nourishment.
Photo courtesy of Daniel Krieger of Daniel Krieger Photography