DCOTA Cay Serves Gourmet Lunch Priced for 99 Percenters, in a 1 Percenter Setting
It certainly isn't the most likely spot to grab a burger. From the outside, it looks like any normal, boring office park, an imposing boxlike structure with guarded gates and a parking lot.
But the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) is far from ordinary once you walk in the door. The museum-like center was once limited to designers and their patrons (aside from special days designated for the public).
However, a couple of years back, DCOTA expanded with the addition of DCOTA Cay, a swanky new lunch spot catering to the showroom staff, its customers, and the 99 percenters who want to peek into the lifestyles -- and decor -- of the rich and famous.
Undulating azure natural stone inlays in the floor are highlighted by an equally fluidic, backlit, sea-colored ceiling panel in the front entrance. It feels as if you've entered a gently rolling wave as you walk to the front desk.
The whole thing is flanked by glass-encased showrooms displaying an array of chic furnishings and decor: crisp classic American living rooms to the right, minimalist European bedrooms to the left, ornate Louis XV armchairs up ahead.
Set in the center's Atrium B, which echoes the wave-like decor at the front entrance, DCOTA Cay is just as intricately designed as the surrounding showrooms.
Sectioned off by a white pergola lined with boxes of dark jagged snake plants, nautical-inspired navy-and-white-striped booths flank the inner perimeter of the space. In the middle, Edison bulbs hang in expensive industrial-style cages above trendy unfinished wood tables.
Pearlescent geometric spheres glimmer under the room-length skylights in the four-story atrium overhead. The vibe is similar to something one would expect at a luxury beachside hotel, but the price points and the fare are certainly more approachable.
The menu offers a small selection of garden-variety lunch items done well. The DCOTA signature burger includes a natural beef patty topped with red onion marmalade, Brie, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and signature sauce between a springy brioche bun. A chicken salad sandwich is elevated with the addition of fresh tarragon and sweet and savory walnut raisin bread. The turkey sandwich is rich and buttery. It combines caramelized onion and avocado with the usual fixings on flaky foccacia.