San Sabino.
Photo: Nicole Franzen

The Artful Life: 6 Things Galerie Editors Love This Week

From a new West Village restaurant from the chefs behind Don Angie to the long-awaited debut of La Dolce Vita Orient Express

San Sabino. Photo: Nicole Franzen

1. San Sabino Restaurant from the Chefs Behind Don Angie Opens in the West Village

No matter the time of day, there seems to be a line forming outside West Village Italian-American staple Don Angie. Now, those lasagne lovers have a new reason to queue up with the opening of San Sabino just down the block by the same chefs, Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli, and partners Quality Branded. With a focus on seafood and handmade pasta, the menu is filled with dishes bound for Instagram fame such as a crab and mortadella dip, lobster triangoli in a white vodka sauce, and shrimp parm. The decor, conceived by GRT Architecture lives up to the menu’s sunny seaside focus. Awash in shades of yellow along with a touch of nostalgia, the 55-seat dining room features details such as handmade floor tiles, lacquered mahogany tables, and cozy banquettes. But the greatest architectural achievement just might be the tower of cheesy frittelle, fritters with orange blossom honey and saffron, served on a cheery cake stand. —Jacqueline Terrebonne

Suite onboard the Orient Express La Dolce Vita. Photo: ORIENT EXPRESS

2. Long-Awaited La Dolce Vita Orient Express Train Unveils First Images

The first images have been released of the design for the elegant new train carriages aboard the forthcoming La Dolce Vita Orient Express, slated to be inaugurated next year. The latest incarnation—which will travel on scenic two and three-day journeys exclusively within Italy—is a joint venture between hospitality group Accor along with Arsenale, Trenitalia Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, and Treni Turistici Italiani. Comprising 12 deluxe cabins, 18 suites, and one “La Dolce Vita” suite, the 12-carriage train is an homage to 1960s Italian style and will also include a restaurant and bar, as well as the promised arts and entertainment integrations. Bookings open April 2. —Geoffrey Montes

Interior of Pratesi's new Palm Beach flagship on Hibiscus Avenue. Photo: Barry Grossman Photography

Paolina slippers from the Pratesi and Stubbs & Wootton made-to-order collection. Photo: Courtesy of Pratesi

3. Pratesi Unveils Palm Beach Flagship with Exciting Fashion Collaboration

With a 118 years of history, Italian brand Pratesi has had much to celebrate; now the atelier known for its sumptuous bedding, bath, and table linens is marking two exciting new events. This month, the House of Pratesi opened the doors to a Palm Beach flagship designed by Studio Monteleone & Associates with travertine floors, wool rugs with a pattern that nods to Pratesi’s butterfly motif, and accents of leather and copper. Here, guests can find a wide selection of the brand’s made-in-Italy textiles, including Pratesi’s signature Paradise percale, embroidered with exacting patterns that evoke the shape of Florentine columns, acanthus leaves, or palms. Also available at the boutique are the new made-to-order slippers for men and women, clutch bags, and mules, produced in collaboration with Stubbs & Wootton, that translates Pratesi’s Paolina, Frederico, and Treccia styles into decadent accessories that fuse both comfort and style. —Jill Sieracki

House & Parties's Frogs in Yonder Pond collection. Photo: House & Parties

House & Parties's Frogs in Yonder Pond collection. Photo: House & Parties

4. Houses & Parties Debuts Fairy Tale-Themed Collection

Known for curating one-of-a-kind experiences to fit any occasion, Houses & Parties founder Rebecca Gardner has introduced a new collection that is straight out of your favorite storybook. Inspired by fairy tales, Frogs in Yonder Pond boasts an impressive array of thoughtful products, which includes classic pieces with whimsical details such as crystal wine goblets, sterling silver flatware, chartreuse tinted carafe and vases, flora designed plates, as well as napkin sets embroidered with frogs. To bring the soiree to a whole new level, out-of-the-box items including a life-size frog statue, princess headpiece, and snail masks will guarantee any guest be transported to their favorite fable. Shop the new collection here. —Shelby Black

Christopher Farr x The Elder Statesman Collaboration. Photo: Courtesy of The Elder Statesman

Christopher Farr x The Elder Statesman Collaboration. Photo: Courtesy of The Elder Statesman

5. Christopher Farr and The Elder Statesman Collaborate on Limited Edition Rug Collection

Christopher Farr and Los Angeles fashion brand The Elder Statesman (TES) have collaborated on a limited-edition collection of 12 whimsical rugs. The floor coverings bring an artful touch to any space, featuring the artwork of TES founder Greg Chait’s grandmother’s pen and ink drawings from the 1960s of abstracted eyes and figures. Artisans from Mirzapur, India use a traditional Persian knot technique with hand-spun, hand-knotted wool to bring Thelma Chait’s four designs to life. Available in a dozen colorways, the rugs are meant to act as a meditation mat to harness mindfulness and tranquility. —Stefanie Li

A 1969 work by Neil Jenney. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian

6. The New York Academy of Art Presents 2024 Tribeca Ball

Gala season in New York is in full swing, and the Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art’s iconic event, is always hotly anticipated. Sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels, this year’s gala takes place on April 1 and will honor American artist Neil Jenney. A trailblazing figure in the art world, Jenney is celebrated for his unique blend of realism and conceptual art, influencing generations of artists. Previous Tribeca Ball honorees have included such luminaries as Robert DeNiro, Eric Fischl, KAWS, Kenny Scharf, Amy Sherald, and Mickalene Thomas. Known for showcasing its talented emerging artists, the evening’s highlight is surely the special chance for guests to get a look inside over 100 studios of the students—many poised to be art world stars. Proceeds from the event supports both scholarships and public programming at the school. Tickets to both the gala dinner and the Studio Party are available here. An online sale of works by Academy students will precede The Tribeca Ball. —Lucy Rees

Cover: San Sabino.
Photo: Nicole Franzen


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