Opening today, Atera, the newest culinary addition to New York’s TriBeCa neighborhood, is an exercise in exclusive, intimate and above all unique dining. The soothing boîte is accessed through two 100-year-old salvaged cedarwood doors and features a 12-seat, reservation-only dining bar that encircles the massive open kitchen like a stage. A vertical garden called a “living wall,” which hosts local herbs and plants such as jasmine, rosemary, ivy and mint, arches over a five-seat reclaimed walnut slab in the far corner. There is a greenhouse in the basement...

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Wearing Their Herb Garden on Their Sleeve

Taking green design to a veritably literal level, Atera's living wall is both a statement piece and a decorative component at the newly opened restaurant in NYC's Tribeca neighborhood. "We based the restaurant's design on Matt's approach to cooking food," explains Andrew Cohen of the design firm Parts and Labor Design, referring to Atera's executive chef Matthew Lightner. Lightner is known for highlighting freshly foraged and indigenous ingredients.