The First Floor Interiors of the United Nations Hotel are important examples of late 20th century Modern and Post-Modern design.
The Ambassador Grill opened in 1976 and is a U-shaped windowless space at the rear of 1 United Nations Plaza. The dining area and bar area is divided by angled walls, freestanding walls, serving counters and several piers. Most of the surfaces are clad with dark mirrors, a material that expands and complicates what diners see. The Ambassador Grill and hotel lobby skillfully blend modern and historical forms. These lavish and sparkling interiors display distinct stylistic vocabularies that express the shifting character of American architecture during the mid-1970s and early 1980s.
STATUS Designated Interior Landmark
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