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Open> Watermark Bar & Lounge
Wid Chapman Architects designs a new lounge along New York's East River.
Paul Johnson

Watermark Bar & Lounge
Pier 15, 78 South St.
New York
Tel: 212.742.8200
Designer: Wid Chapman Architects

Occupying 3,500 square feet of the recently opened, dual-level Pier 15, next door to New York City’s renowned South Street Seaport, the chic Watermark Bar enriches the waterfront experience with an urbane yet fun lounge experience. Situated within the ShoP Architects–designed green-roofed pavilion, Watermark Bar features cutting-edge interior design by Wid Chapman Architects.

The steel and glass structure, in accord with the floor-to-ceiling windows that blur the indoor and outdoor spaces, accentuates the picturesque waterfront view. Up to 200 guests can enjoy the cherry red stools, which stand out against the dark bar. A large, custom-designed light fixture over the bar gives the room scale and provides a focal point.


Outside, drinkers can relax on benches at wooden tables while taking in the Seaport’s stunning historic vessels, which are docked nearby. Watermark offers an extensive selection of craft beers, top-shelf liquor, and signature cocktails conceived by mixologist Jeremy Strawn. In the kitchen, executive chef Jason Mayer serves up an epicurean take on American Grille fare.

Amanda Gruen