Marcus Samuelsson and David Rockwell Debut a Dramatic Dining Room

The megawatt chef and prolific interior architect find harmony in Metropolis, a theatrical new restaurant at Manhattan’s glimmering Perelman Performing Arts Center.

Fresh off its glittering debut, the $500 million Perelman Performing Arts Center welcomes one of New York City’s biggest culinary stars: chef Marcus Samuelsson (Hav & Mar, Red Rooster). Who better to envision the Metropolis restaurant inside of a cultural institution dedicated to dance, music, and opera than David Rockwell, the prolific architect whose work spans a range of hospitality projects as well as Broadway set designs?

Adorned in burgundy accents and a dramatic, maze-like LED ceiling installation, the 135-seat dining room is worthy of its home. Samuelsson is joined by a notable culinary ensemble, including executive chef Ed Tinoco, chef de cuisine Marcelo Malta Andrade, and pastry chef Onika Ayana Brown. The diverse menu is meant to reflect the five boroughs of New York, and offers up everything from smoked hamachi tacos to aged Long Island duck in a four-year mole to Arctic char with uni beurre blanc.

(All photography by Adrian Gaut.)

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