The Gotham Bar & Grill was created in a two-story high former factory space on the east side of Greenwich Village, New York City. Restaurateur Jerome Kretchmer wanted to create an informal, theatrical setting where people can see and be seen while exercising their inclination toward polite voyeurism.

James Biber designed the 175-seat, 3,700 sq. ft., one-story restaurant whose architectural references and metaphors center on the theme of an urban garden. Massive cement railings divide the space into fluid segments, while decorative cast-stone balls and pyramids and hourglass-shaped flower urns punctuate the space. Garden green-colored squares are stenciled onto a wood floor.

The design has been updated over time with a new bar, new paint scheme and new artwork. But the quality of the food and ambiance has only gotten better.

The restaurant has become a landmark in the New York dining scene, headed by James Beard honored executive chef Alfred Portale.