Bocce is an Italian restaurant housed in the landmark pavilion building in the heart of Union Square Park in New York City, which has been transformed into a friendly and modern gathering place that emulates a lively family home. The project was completed by New York-based Gachot Studios.
“The structure, which was built in 1929 and originally served as a gathering place for demonstrations, was later used as a bandstand before being refurbished in 2011. Composed of classic limestone, with columns and airy archways, it sits directly in front of the Union Square Greenmarket, which has been serving the public since 1976. A fluid indoor-outdoor space with a large communal table at the center of the restaurant, guests can enjoy shade and a wonderful breeze inside the restaurant, dining at tables painted with a three-color stripe, or sit outside at custom fabricated picnic tables, built in Brooklyn, under chic black and white awnings. The new shutters, painted in a pale green, recall looking out the windows of a classic Italian summer home. Hand-painted artwork designed by John Gachot accents the space throughout. The decorative painting on the glass chandeliers adds to the playfulness of the restaurant, while a monumental custom pendant welcomes patrons upon entering the restaurant. Of course, the 3100 sq ft eatery’s centerpiece is the bocce court, which invites players to channel their urban backyard fantasies. With a neutral color palette of black and white throughout the restaurant with subtle pops of color, such as vibrant blue tones, and seasonal flowers from the neighboring farmers market, Bocce has a nostalgic backyard style with an elegant, retro Italian twist,” explained Gachot Studios