On the Wall: Murals at New York Restaurants and Bars

The stories behind 11 of the city’s most impressive—and permanent—artworks.

Courtesy of The Peninsula New York
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Clement

Following in the tradition of neighboring Midtown restaurants, the Peninsula New York has created its own playful homage to Manhattan at its new American restaurant, Clement, which opened in October 2013. Discover the 60-foot-long, hand-etched, ochre-colored artwork tucked away in the Color Room at the restaurant’s very back (it’s divided into separate rooms, designed to resemble a well-appointed New York home), which includes a view of Fifth Avenue and (reservable) seating for about 30. The mural at Clement depicts a fanciful version of the city’s landscape, as if the concrete jungle from Central Park nearby to Washington Square downtown (it’s architecture is depicted in the background) were overgrown with flora and fauna (giraffes, peacocks, koalas) all rendered in a warming saffron hue. What the piece, executed by Canadian design studio Moss & Lam, may lack in tonal diversity, it makes up for in texture and depth. 700 Fifth Ave.; 212-956-2888; newyork.peninsula.com.