i believe what new york does best is ambience. there are many dining establishments to be found in the east village and otherwise that stress their theme through every plate, drape, and crate.
now, i do not live in nyc (i leave that to my more fabulous friends e-rock and c-dawg), but i have visited many times--enough times to have chosen favorites, anyway.
one of my favorite of favorites is freeman's. okay, the short is that i've only eaten here twice, but the long is that i think it is gorge malorge and, other than the norweigen apartment i displayed in an earlier post, is my runner-up for the inspiration behind the design i am planning for my new digs.
i like to refer to freeman's style of decor as "hunter chic". it looks like a turn-of-the-century hunting lodge minus the bad red-checkered fleece and amateur bear-themed oil paintings.
some things i found in our neck of the woods (urban outfitters, etsy) that could help create this at home:
handmade (faux!) bear rug on etsy
antlers as hooks
but the coup de gras:
i love how that chandelier would look with whitewashed walls and nice hardwood floors.
anyway, i found this website that has select items that, if used appropriately (note: not the antler toilet paper holder), can help create the hunter chic affect.