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With the opening of 53, Ahmass Fakahany, founder & CEO of the Altamarea Group, is artfully blending the varied taste profiles of Asian cuisine – from his almost 10 years living in Asia – with the ethos and artistic vibe of New York City, in a modern, three-level, lifestyle setting.

53 introduces an elevated blend of Asian cuisine with a contemporary edge in a chic lifestyle setting. Featuring an exquisite marriage of Asian flavors and unique dishes, 53 is a New York restaurant conceived by the Founder Ahmass Fakahany and team behind the award-winning Marea and Ai Fiori.

The menu is spearheaded by acclaimed Singapore-born Chef Akmal Anuar, who began his culinary journey in his parents’ hawker stand in Singapore, led one of Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants (Asia’s No. 1) and created some of the top contemporary Asian restaurants in Dubai.

Designed by ICRAVE in the heart of Midtown at 53 W 53rd St., the three-story space features a beautiful modern dining room, bustling by day and glowing by night, as well as an intimate private dining experience– all underneath MoMA’s new extended wing. In the spirit of this iconic location, the globally renowned Friedrich Petzel Gallery is collaborating in a curatorial partnership to showcase an exciting rotating installation art program throughout the restaurant.


At 53, we are committed to crafting memorable experiences for our guests and winning as a team, and are always seeking talented hospitality professionals who fit into our culture of excellence. Visit our Careers page for current openings.