“I’ve been dreaming of the concept for years,” said Suzanna Beall, speaking from the minimalist dining room of Blake Lane, her newly opened restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. It’s her first solo project after working alongside her husband for several years, and the space reflects her personal sensibilities down to the name — the street she grew up on in Alabama.
“It’s really just the way I like to eat,” she says of the seasonal and California-inspired menu. “The way that California food is so fresh, and it’s so beautiful and it’s so farm to table. I think that having a heavy focus on ingredients is the biggest thing.”
She partnered with chef Diego Moya, formerly the sous chef at the Spanish eatery Casa Mono in Gramercy, who she and her husband discovered in the course of dining out in the city. “We swooped him away,” Beall adds. “He’s a fantastic chef, and it’s really just been a perfect match.”
The food is colorful and clean — from a bright mauve beet tahini toast accented with blackberries to a deep red tuna poke bowl paired with a smear of green avocado puree. Breakfast and lunch options are in the $7 to $15 range, which Beall noted was a play toward becoming an accessible neighborhood spot. The dinner menu builds upon the day menu, adding larger plates, such as sea trout with green curry or hangar steak with turmeric cauliflower puree, into the mix.
While the food is bright, the restaurant’s 56-seat dining room is light and minimal, modeled on a Scandinavian ethos. Beall worked on the design herself, keeping features of the original space, such as an exposed brick wall. The space features blond wood tables with a small vase of a sprig of white flowers, and a mirror lining the wall above the banquettes, which adds to the airy feel. Cutlery is gold toned and all of the dishware is handmade, sourced from East Fork Pottery, a small company in North Carolina.
And the best part for the uptown foodie crowd? The soft lighting from the hanging Edison light bulb pendants, painted to cast the light upward. Perfect for a shadow-free Instagram pic.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
1429 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10028