Teqa Taqueria and Tequileria in New York
Matt Suroff and Joakim Hannerz
Teqa Taqueria and Tequileria in New York
Apr 11, 2011 Lesly Zamor’s sexy interior design for an upscale New York taqueria bring Latin American flair to an unlikely neighborhood
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Teqa Taqueria and Tequileria in New York_01 Unlike other commercial spaces in the neighborhood, the floor plan for Teqa is wide and shallow with a large storefront that opens to the sidewalk for outdoor seating in warm weather.
Teqa Taqueria and Tequileria in New York_02 Lighting designer Johnny Swing created a grand light fixture called Lightwing, which spiders out over the main dining area and casts a moody glow over the restaurant.
Teqa Taqueria and Tequileria in New York_03 Tequila drink recipes etched into blackened wall mirrors reference Teqa's drink program.
Teqa Taqueria and Tequileria in New York_04 Designer Lesly Zamor maintained an earthy palette with reclaimed wood ceilings, end-grain wood floors, and cork walls behind leather banquettes. Wood tables feature an inlay of the agave plant logo.
Teqa Taqueria and Tequileria in New York_05 Transparent glass delineates the dining space from bar area. Flames in sconces within this glass divider lure patrons into the restaurant.
Teqa Taqueria and Tequileria in New York_06 The flames in the glass divider are EcoSmart Fire fueled by bioethanol.
Teqa Taqueria and Tequileria in New York_07 Wood ceiling beams above the bar, imported from Guadalajara, Mexico, are reminiscent of tequila distilling barrels. Dark emperador marble wraps the bar top.
Teqa Taqueria and Tequileria in New York_08 Designer Lesly Zamor clad structural columns in steel. All materials were kept honest and raw, exuding a modern feel with a nod to the history of tequila.
Teqa Taqueria and Tequileria in New York_09 A close-up look at Lightwing by Johnny Swing reveals the 25- to 40-watt bulbs that emanate from battered reflective copper plates.
Teqa Taqueria and Tequileria in New York_10 Lighting designer Johnny Swing custom-made the chandelier at the entry from three kinds of tequila bottles.
Teqa Taqueria and Tequileria in New York_11 Stone walls leading to the bathrooms reflect a Mayan influence.