“It’s smart, snug and just the right amount of elegant — suitable for everything from long, sunny lunches to second dates. With big windows, a shimmering bar and a lot of white paint, the place always looks as if it’s been freshly washed. And when the cooking is as crisp as the room, it’s excellent.”
– Julia Moskin, New York Times restaurant review
Tremont is a 44-seat restaurant and bar at 51 Bank Street in New York’s West Village. Architect Cass Calder Smith designed the space in collaboration with the owner; the two had worked together previously on Meeting House in Amagansett, NY. Tremont was a 2012 James Beard Best New Restaurant Award semi-finalist.
Smith reworked the 1000-square-foot corner space. By moving the entry to the Bank Street side, he was able to create a relatively spacious main dining room without a traverse and also wedge in a kitchen. Banquettes and tables were squeezed into intimate seating areas. The result is a casual and elegant room that is very much at home in the West Village.
The room is clean, white and classic, inspired by memories of Tremont, a small, urban community at the edge of Cleveland, Ohio, where the owner spent time growing up. “It was the trees, the beautiful brick and stone buildings and warmth of the passerby that in the end made the name connect our hometown with this treasured corner in the West Village,” says the restaurant’s website.
Smith integrated the owner’s art in specific places, including the back bar, which is on axis with the main entry. The bar itself is topped with sleek, enduring, ¾ inch plate steel. A new architectural ceiling creates consistency above the different areas while housing functional elements. Lighting is a mix of vintage fixtures supplied by the owner, who also had the leaded glass screens made, replicating a window he had seen in the United Kingdom.
Tremont is a small, authentic place where people who know each other gather and enjoy American comfort food and beer, wine and, classic cocktails.