New York City hospitality innovators Eric Marx and Lisle Richards of The Metric recently unveiled their first restaurant endeavor called The Monarch Room, in West Chelsea, NYC. In collaboration with interior design firm Roman and Williams, a 1930’s industrial era warehouse on West 15th Street has transformed into a sophisticated Fresh Market American dining experience with Chef Michael Citarella behind the menu. The unassuming exterior reveals a glistening marble entryway as you enter the open, industrial space. Upon first foray into the room, patrons encounter a sprawling 20-foot mahogany bar on the right with plush leather railroad style seating down the middle. The main floor reveals a sea of dark wood and classic, upholstered banquettes, and a grand poured-in-place concrete staircase that brings a formality, history and social energy to the once cold and hardened warehouse. With a nod to the glamour of a Canard luxury cruise ship in the early 20th century, all aspects of The Monarch Room have been carefully considered, ranging from the expansive wine list that features over 500 labels comprised of both prominent producers and rare vintages, to the custom uniforms created by Lady & Butler and Odin, offering patrons an unparalleled dining experience in both cuisine and design. Chef Michael Citarella has created a menu with a fresh view on American cuisine, in-line with his belief that it’s important to “experience the ingredients where they are sourced.” The Monarch Room aims to renew the prototypical Fresh Market American dining experience through the fresh and sophisticated design of both the menu and dining atmosphere…and it does. Here, we take a look inside.