Tickled Pink at 2 New York City Restaurants

Two spots in downtown Manhattan have found their zen in pink
Cha Cha Matcha

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The contrasting pink-and-green color scheme evokes a tropical theme.

Restaurant diners might not be surprised to find a stark white restaurant or one done in mostly blond wood. This version of a monochromatic dining experience isn’t unusual these days. What might be a little more surprising is a dining room done in one of Pantone’s colors of the year for 2016: rose quartz.

Swing by Manhattan’s Pietro Nolita, where you’ll think you’re wearing rose-colored glasses. Every piece of furniture from floor to ceiling has been painted in the bright color. The menu focuses on healthy Italian cuisine but the hue can still be found on your plate. Expect fresh figs quartered on toast with ricotta and cocktails sporting that rosy hue. Open for breakfast and dinner — with midday meals coming soon — there’s no wrong time to add this spot to your Insta feed.

Three blocks away is the also-blushing Cha Cha Matcha. This matcha shop, focused on the on-trend green beverage, turned the color wheel for its interior design. Pink is the complement to the soft hue of matcha. The owners committed pink-and-green color combo and the South Beach Art Deco-mood it inspires throughout their design and Instagram. “Every place we went to get matcha was either overly pretentious or very stuffy. We've been trying to cultivate the exact opposite, welcoming, fun, laid-back, light, and bright,” says owner Matthew Morton.

In color theory, pink is said to have a similar influence as red; it increases confidence and stimulates energy. These restaurants don’t promise anything other than a satisfying service experience but their decorating scheme certainly has generated buzz.

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