Wise Men is a collaborative effort of three talented, creative women; photographer Danielle Levitt, creative director as ‘S’ magazine Christina Chin, and expert restaurateur Carolyn Ng. Together they escaped the neighborhood’s usual “post-modern” environments and took the décor back a notch or two to good times gone by.
The bar-restaurant has a capacity of 74 and has a 20-foot bar created by set-designer Andy Harmon. Dark mirrors, red banquettes, gorgeous marble flooring and exotic chandeliers add to the feel of an old-time New York meat and cocktails venue.
Duane Fernandez Jr, one of the head bartenders at Acme is the cocktails consultant, while executive chef from Frankies 570 Ryan Bartlow consulted on the Wise Men menu. The planned menu will be small, offering mostly meat plates with approximately 15 choices.
It can be confusing finding Wise Men, as there are no signs outside indicating that you have arrived at your destination. We suppose that adds to the charm, but if you would like to check out the premises yourself, head on over to 355 Bowery, near E. 4th St.