When I hear the phrase “eight and a half,” I think Fellini, but for those with a taste for futuristic, modern design and French food, “Brasserie” is what comes to mind. With its circular staircase, the restaurant is a spectacular setting for a meal. As William Grimes wrote in the Times nearly 20 years ago, “The anteroom feels like the departure lounge for the space shuttle. The dining room could be a galactic mess hall, with a white terrazzo tile floor, black leather booths and walls covered in a gray-green silk that looks like brushed steel. At the far end of the room, a stained-glass mural by Leger makes almost no impression. There’s too much competition.” Though, I have to say, a place with “French Duck and BYOB Nights” is really in a league of its own. (Brasserie 8 1/2, 9 W 57th St 212-829-0812.)
Signed Giclee prints on museum-quality, one-quarter-cotton 280 gsm paper with archival inks are available in two sizes:
5 x 7 for $55 (email me about this size)
9 x 12 for $95
Editions are strictly limited to 365 copies, and each annotated print is a beautiful reminder that our days are numbered.