Here at TTS, we love a great interior. We’re suckers for anything that elevates mood (lighting), ambiance (charming rustic), and our Instagram feeds (colors and symmetry). Let’s be honest, we all know you swoon over exposed brick, ooh and ahh over luminous marble, lust after lighting fixtures, and smile at the sight of fresh flowers and greens giving life to the space because it completely alters your experience and opinion of the place. The food can be decent, the drinks overpriced, but when you’re scanning all the mastered details that encompass you, you suddenly forget all about the mediocracies of the joint because it makes one hell of a home inpso hashtag.
Our latest fixation? Tiles. They’re the new exposed brick, just a little more, dare we say it, fun to Instagram (insert speak no evil monkey emoji here.) Tiles can be simple or classic (think black and white) or vibrant and playful (a la Tacombi). Either way, they’re what we’re setting our sights on for a fresh take on interior design. Whether they be on the floors, walls, bars, or ceilings, we can’t get enough. That’s why we rounded up our favorite spots blanketed in tiles that are go-tos for some great food, drinks, or just a quick Insta pic. Your feet (and feed) will thank you.
The restaurant itself is set in a grand exposed-brick dining hall with sky high ceilings and large windows. The room is accented with dark woods and pristine marble for more refined touches to the refurbished industrial factory that the Wythe once was. But how about those floors? Mosaic tile floors stretch out in the entire restaurants in large hexagonal shapes with regal colors like burgundy, mustard, and evergreen. The sophisticated floor sets the stage for rustic, seasonal dishes you won’t want to miss.
Location: 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Hours: 7am-12am 7 days a week
The newest member of the Tacombi family, this one is reminiscent of the rest of the delicious taco clan but with Yucan vibes. Enter into a south of the border haven with pineapple details and eye catching vibrancy. The floors are patterned with turquoise and Sunny-D colors that boast a tropical escape in an urban location. Feast your eyes on the floor, and then your ceviche.
Location: 255 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday 11am-12am, Thursday-Saturday 11am-1am
Corkbuzz Restaurant and Wine Bar in Chelsea Market is the perfect date spot. Tucked away in a bazaar of goodies ranging from bakeries to samples sales (Helmut Lang and Vince just to name a couple), it’s dimly lit with loads of amazing wines to sip on all night long. Inspired by piazzas, plazas and train stations, the patterns sprawl from the walls to the custom tile floors produced by Clé Tile. The feels are just right for Euro trip without ever having to leave New York City.
Location: 13 E 13th St, New York, NY
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday 4:30pm-12am, Thursday-Saturday 4:30pm-1am
Silkstone, coined as a lifestyle hospitality group owns LES favorites such as The Fat Radish (which is also featured in this post), noted as one of the original farm-to-table eateries in NYC, and the Leadbelly, a laid-back oyster bar with meticulously crafted cocktails. One of their more recent ventures was this private dining space, also known as 58 Gansevoort (available to rent for private events, parties, and dinners), is an extension of their interior design philosophy: rustic, sustainable, raw, and exposed. Panels of reclaimed wood, white-washed exposed brick, and geometric tiling make for a medley of interior heaven.
Location: 58 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY
Fette Sau in Williamsburg is the popular dry rubbed BBQ spot for all the hungry hipsters on the Brooklyn streets. It’s got beer and bourbon too to wash it all down in an industrial, cafeteria style setting. And although the first thing you think of when you walk into the place is the smell of tender, moist brisket and burnt end baked beans, you’ll definitely gravitate your attention to the clean, white brick tiles set behind the bar, a perfect backdrop to all the colorful bottles of booz and mounted taps crowned with butcher tools like a cleaver, mallet, and knife.
Location: 354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Hours: Monday-Thursday 5pm-11pm, Friday-Sunday 12pm-11pm
It may be getting colder but we’re still not kicking the ice cream cone habit that had us going all summer long and Morgenstern’s is our destination for all things sweet and creamy. The modern parlor makes way for inventive flavors and twists on classics. The floors, though, pay homage to the retro feel of the inspiration behind the place. Hexagonal white and black tiling make for a great backdrop to your #sundaefunday pic.
Location: 2 Rivington St, New York, NY
Hours: 8am-11pm 7 days a week
This pretty little Michelin starred Nolita restaurant is a must try for homestyle New Zealand cooking. The Musket Room is rustic, it’s chic, it’s got the the most amazing ultramarine banquets we’ve ever seen, and the detailing never ceases to amaze. Take the floors for example. Large wooden planks reach to the bar which is trimmed in soft gray scalloped tiles that prove this place is an interior design knockout.
Location: 265 Elizabeth St, New York, NY
Hours: Monday-Thursday 6pm-11pm, Friday & Saturday 6pm-12am, Sunday 6pm-10pm
We’ll never grow tired of seasonal, sustainable, farm-to-table fare. It’s at this point becoming a classic after all, just like the crisp white brick tiled walls in The Fat Radish. They’re the bright white canvas to all of the other beautiful details this LES hotspot has to offer such as the beautiful people and equally beautiful food.
Location: 17 Orchard St, New York, NY
Hours: Monday 5pm-12am, Tuesday-Friday 12pm-12am, Saturday 11am-12am, Sunday 11am-10pm
This Mediterranean venture from the man behind Freemans, opens up to a country style log cabin-esque decor. Wood is prominent here at Isa from the furniture to the beamed ceiling but the compliment to all of this are the clay colored floor tiles blending into the warm, humble aesthetic. It’s pretty much the perfect spot to take that shoe selfie you’ve been wanting to capture. I mean, how else are people going to admire your new Saint Laurent leopard print ankle boots?
Location: 348 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Hours: Monday-Friday 12pm-11pm, Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday 11am-10pm
Pagani is a fun, delicious destination for Italian food lovers (guilty) and for all things tiles. The place has contrasting color tiles on the floor and in the bathrooms too… they just get us and our need for a ceramic capture.
Location: 289 Bleecker St, New York, NY
Hours: 11am-4pm; 5pm-1am 7 days a week
Featured image via @ihavethisthingwithfloors