Named for the international bank that this 100-year-old, neo-classical building was designed to house, Grand Banks – an NYC aesthetic lounge on Sichuan Zhong Lu – feels like walking into a Tribeca loft. Vintage revival pieces, original artwork, quirky room dividers, art deco sconces and cool-toned accents are heightened by a liberal dose of Manhattan chic. The soft lighting is muted, dim, sexy – adding to the aura of exclusivity.
The restaurant is the brain child of interior designer Chris Shao (Objective Gallery and Chris Shao Studio) who also owns the art gallery on the fifth floor of the same building. Said gallery houses rotating displays from international artists – the most current of which showcases a New York designer’s nod (or a spank on the bum) to BDSM. While the gallery is separate, diners can get a private walkthrough upon request.
Shao’s original Shanghai gallery location (yes, he owns one in New York too) on Chongqing Lu became the go-to destination for art-inspired popup dinners. What started out as a monthly, 12-person dining experience quickly booked out five days a week. Thus, the idea for Grand Banks was born.
The concept is to enhance the synergy between interior design, art, furniture and cuisine, creating a comforting yet lux space for young creatives that acts as an alternative to other overly-hyped Bund venues.
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