Set in a vintage, two-story building with four distinct spaces that flow seamlessly from one to the next, Emmaline, the new restaurant by Sam Governale, is stunning.
Designed by Ashley Putman, who cites inspiration from spots like West Hollywood’s The Ivy, Casa Tua in Miami, New York’s Il Buco and Blue Ribbon, and Romita Comeador in the bohemian Roma section of Mexico City, Emmaline manages to be chic, charming, swanky and contemplative all at once.
In the main dining room, floor-to- ceiling windows frame the magnificent oak tree outside, while a striking wrought iron chandelier — reclaimed from previous tenant, Teala’s — provides fodder for myriad Instagram-worthy shots. Further back, a row of custom banquettes sit below a charmingly arranged mosaic of paintings, a setting fit for everything from a casual lunch outing to an intimate dinner date.
Central to the restaurant is an attractive, rectangular bar, behind which is a row of curved, Hollywood-style booths. This area leads to a light-filled garden room, while a stairwell just inside the front door leads to a picturesque upstairs patio bedecked with white umbrellas and plush loungers.
Before heading to Emmaline, take a step inside the chic new space. The restaurant is open seven days a week, Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until midnight.