Dining by Design: 5 Restaurants With a Modern Twist on a Vintage Vibe


We all know that design is cyclical. Everything old becomes new again — with a twist. If you’re looking for some inspiration to update your venue this year, check out these five Tripleseat customers who have embraced a vintage vibe but made it contemporary.

They’ve taken the best of midcentury design — from colorful seating to warm wood to pop art to lighting — and made it chic.

1. Beatrix — Chicago

Sit back and relax in this eclectic neighborhood coffeehouse, restaurant, and meeting place in Chicago’s River North, Streeterville, Fulton Market, and Oak Brook neighborhoods.

You’ll always feel at home and comfortable at a Beatrix. Whether you’re in the mood for a signature latte and pastry, a working lunch, or a cozy, casual dinner and a glass of wine, Beatrix has it all under one roof.

2. Castell New York City

Nestled atop the AC Hotel in New York’s Times Square, this cozy rooftop bar recaptures the spirit of the classic cocktail lounge. Iconic views enhance Castell’s contemporary decor in a sophisticated but comfortable atmosphere.

Enjoy the intimacy of a fireplace lounge showcasing abstract art. Gather ‘round the luxe granite bar, or go out for drinks – literally – on the lush, open-air terrace.

3. Glass & Vine Miami

Local, fresh, quality ingredients are among the star players at Glass & Vine lead by Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli and Grove Bay Hospitality. What better way to celebrate with a group than gathering under the stars and twinkling light-draped trees of the warm Coconut Grove air and sipping on a signature cocktail like the much-lauded, Magic School Bus (Aperol Spritz-like but so much more!) and snacking on Jamon Serrano Croquetas?

Tucked away next to the lovely Peacock Park, amidst the trees, this charming former library-turned-restaurant provides a lovely escape from the hustle and bustle of the day.

4. Harriet’s Rooftop New York City

This rooftop lounge and bar in Brooklyn offers unparalleled panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline from the 10th-floor vista. There are 2,800 feet of space just waiting to host a spectacular private event with craft cocktails and inspired seasonal bites. The outdoor rooftop is gorgeous during the summer months but the design and decor of the indoor lounge will draw you in all year round. You may never leave, once you’ve settled into one of their cozy, chic banquettes with their rich inviting colors, perfect for the colder seasons.

This venue is not to be missed; whether you are visiting NYC for the weekend or have lived there your entire life, make Harriet’s a destination.

5. The Bindery Denver

This LoHi restaurant was designed for balance in its customers’ modern lives with its artisanal foods, a playful and chic dining experience, and a marketplace that allows you to enjoy inventive food on-site or at home.

The Bindery’s wide-open feel, natural light, and modern simplicity create a welcoming feeling for food to be enjoyed and savored.

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of Seated magazine.