Designed by Rockwell Group, Cathédrale’s soaring main dining room feels like stumbling upon an abandoned architectural treasure: Its 26-foot, triple-height ceiling is covered in a massive wire mesh sculpture, Fillmore, by Edoardo Tresoldi that looks like the apparition of a grand domed ceiling. The delicate yet monumental sculpture creates a dramatic dialogue with the restaurant’s architecture, which pays homage to the interior of the Fillmore East, once known as the “Church of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
Cathédrale also includes an open kitchen with copper accents and a bar area with vintage-style neon signs that reference storied East Village night spots like the Palladium and The Saint. The bar itself has an angular design that creates flirtatious sightlines. An outdoor dining terrace with a retractable roof is another hidden surprise. With seating for 58 and foliage spilling out of rebar planters and what looks like rusted card file cabinets, it feels like the improvised backyard gardens tucked behind many East Village restaurants.