Inspired by an era in New Zealand when adventure and discovery blossomed, The Musket Room, which opened in 2013, brings the spirit of New Zealand to the funky Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan.
Chef and co-owner Matt Lambert, a New Zealand native who honed his skills working in some of New York’s top kitchens, draws upon his upbringing and home country’s cooking at the Michelin star-rated restaurant. The menu charts the evolution of New Zealand cuisine, from the country’s Old World traditions and Asian influences to its dedication to local and seasonal offerings, with ingredients sourced from the restaurant’s own back garden.
The Musket Room is designed by renowned Alexander Waterworth Interiors incorporating rustic and contemporary design elements to create the restaurant’s simple, yet stunning space. Walking into the Musket Room, guests are greeted by a striking 20-foot-long, walnut-timber bar, leading back to the bright and airy Garden Room, which offers views of Matt’s backyard garden, whose produce is incorporated in many of the restaurant’s seasonal menus. Lime-washed exposed brick and mid-century modern brass chandeliers add both character and depth to the 70-seat restaurant, while intimate nooks give it a romantic charm.