Project: Maritime Parc, Jersey City

Stephanie Goto approaches restaurant design as a dining landscape that supports the chef’s vision—even details as small as divots on a plate can “signify an opportunity for an activity,” she says. At Maritime Parc, her blue-gray palette complements the seafood-centric menu, while a slatted wood ceiling calls yachts to mind. “We design down to the tabletop," says Goto. "It’s about setting a stage that evokes a feeling that may be enhanced by the food and wine. The food dances with the environment.”  Designing for the Five Senses: Products to Enhance Your Palate by Allie Weiss