On Monday night I dined at one of my (fairly) new neighborhood restaurants, Travertine! I love eating, as you all know, and I love trying out new restaurants in New York City. Especially if they are only four blocks from my apartment. But, we've had this conversation about my incredible ability of laziness convenience so onward...
A few months ago, while walking Oliver, I noticed Travertine, which I believe had not opened yet. From the sleek exterior facade made up of none other than travertine, I figured this would be a place I would visit in my near future.
It was late and I was hungry, cranky and tired from my back to back spin classes.
It took some convincing to get me out but it was decided where we were going
there was no way I couldn't say no. I had been wanting to eat here since I discovered
this little gem.
A few weeks ago a friend and I were "g-chatting" about the new restaurants in
our hood. One which happened to be Travertine and the other Kenmare.
The NY Times gave Kenmare a terrible review but we decided we would still
give it a shot. Even if it was for their sliders, fries and dessert. During this
chatting session, it was also the first time I visited the Travertine website and
noticed the elegant and sleek interior along with the fact that the chef was
also the chef at Babbo. I immediately decided I had to check it out soon ASAP.
NY Mag had some great photos of the architecture and design.
I also thought having the history of Kenmare Street on the website was intriguing
and creative. This City hold so much history, which if discovered, is always entertaining and interesting.
I love the combination of materials. However, I am not a huge fan of the green iridescent mosaics on the columns. But, the use of the brick, stone, glass,
metal and wood is beautiful.
The brick and steal beams bring back the good old New York City feel while
the stone adds that hint of elegance.
The metal and glass windows, which are also large doors, open up to the street.
On a beautiful night, like the other night, they had them open and a slight
breeze came through which make everything that much more perfect.
It is the perfect "date" place as the atmosphere was quite, but not too quite,
and just dark enough where the candle light is all you need.
The menu is an Italian Mediterranean mix and had a nice selection of starters,
pasta, fish and meats. Because it was so late, we opted out of a starter and
went straight for the main course.
After ninety minutes of spin, I needed protein and chose the Grilled Skirt Steak.
It was the perfect portion.
I don't even have to tell you I had dessert because it is fairly obvious I will
always. I debated between a few options and finally asked the server for his
opinion. He suggested the Brioche Pudding, which was my first selection anyway.
He said it is the most popular and a perfect summer dessert. It was amazing.
I had to remind myself to breathe between bites. I still think we ate it in
Travertine hosts private parties but I wanted to show the layout of the restaurant. You can get a better feel for the space. I wish every website did this!
As I mentioned before, it is way too easily accessible for my own good, but it is also convenient for many others as there are subways all over the place.
It was also nice to learn that Travertine sponsors the Carma Foundation. You can read more about it below or on their website.
My coworker Susie met Palo Samko at a Brooklyn design fair thing (her exact words). She was so excited to show us his website full amazing of hand crafted piece of furniture and images of Palo and his family. To this day, I still don't know which she was more excited to show us, his furniture or Palo himself. Both are very good looking. But, that's besides the point.
His pieces have some similarity to Hudson Furniture and BDDW, both places
I love, as they are hand crafted, cut, and carved from wood. However, some
of his pieces have a little more of a Bungalow yet contemporary feel compared
to BDDW and Hudson.
Palo's pieces seem more personal and special. It might be the little sculptural
details he adds like the feet of this dresser or his child's hand in an image below.
Not to mention, a lot of his piece are made from salvaged wood which means
each piece will never be exactly the same. Truly amazing craftsmanship.
Here is another little detail which make his pieces so special.
Palo was quoted saying he utilizes parts of wood that others may consider
flawed — rather than working around the natural splitting and knots in the
wood he showcases them. He is known to use different materials like metal
butterfly joinery on splits for support.
Each piece is hand made here in Brooklyn, NY.
One day when I have space, or how about an actual dining room (even better)
I will have this table. I love the beautiful construction of the legs and of
course my favorite part, the actual top made of a tree trunk. These pieces are
finished so simply and beautifully. They are so pure and natural.
This piece is also one of my favorites. Of course I love the contrast between
the white lacquered surround and the naturally stained wood doors. But,
my favorite detail might be a little harder to see. Look closely at the metal
drawer and cabinet pulls. That little touch just does it for me.
How adorable is this children's play table? It is so simply constructed but has so
much attitude. Safari Kid's Table was the perfect name!
Again, the propeller detail on this floor lamp adds that little special detail
which makes each piece feel more personal and unique.
He also does custom built-in cabinetry and shelving. This is what I need in my
apartment! Look at all that storage! Beautiful design and finish.
Palo has also been published in many well known interior design magazines
including Architectural Digest and Dwell.
So if you are in New York City, visit Brooklyn and visit Palo Samko's shop. You will not be disappointed!