The architecture and design firm behind noted hospitality venues such as La Marina, Andrew Franz Architect PLLC has announced its role as architect and designer of Fish Bar at North River Landing.
The new floating lounge and seafood restaurant was conceived by New York Cruise Lines, Inc. (NYCL) and set to open this summer in New York City.
The three-story indoor-outdoor venue is housed within a 10,000 s/f yacht located at Pier 81 on the Hudson River, at West 42nd Street.
Adjacent to the Hudson Yards and midtown west neighborhoods, Pier 81 represents the culmination of developments along the Hudson River serving this new and neighborhood.
Fish Bar will adjoin NYCL’s North River Lobster Company, the award-winning floating lobster shack they launched in 2014.
Emulating the world’s best urban rooftops and waterside hospitality venues, Fish Bar’s open decks and nautical interiors “merge the upscale ambiance of a Manhattan cocktail lounge and the relaxed, convivial scene of a seaside Mediterranean tapas restaurant,” said Andrew Franz, AIA, LEED AP, founding principal of the design firm.
The new venue will feature an outdoor top deck for taking in sunsets and city views, and two interior levels for enjoying cocktails, beer, wine, and food.
“Our design offers a dynamic yet intimate experience of dining and drinking on a distinctive modern yacht, evocative of the lifestyle represented aboard leisure vessels found on the Côte d’Azur and throughout the Mediterranean,” said Franz.
Inspired by the classic styling of vintage yachts, the designers conceived of a contemporary nautical atmosphere featuring hammered brass bars, reclaimed teak floors, and semi-private outdoor cabins.
“We’re excited to be part of the growing leisure and dining scene at North River Landing and along the Hudson River,” added Franz.