It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what it is that makes the Lower East Side restaurant Fat Radishso good at providing a simultaneously fabulous and homey meal. The design is about more than just its effortless aesthetics; it gets down to basic details, like the size of the tables, which are large—not so large that you feel awkwardly distant from your companions but just enough so that everyone leans in to be closer together. It’s just comfortable; maybe that’s it. The experience feels natural in comparison with so many places in New York that force their ideas on you. It’s also the food, of course, which is simply fresh and not overly manipulated. It makes you want to enjoy good company.
Let’s take a page from the Fat Radish playbook and just let the pictures tell the story.