Located near Grand Central Terminal, in New York City’s Midtown East neighborhood, Vitae is a classy, upscale restaurant featuring a “New American” menu. Designed by architect Niels Guldager of New York interior design firm Studio CMP, Vitae draws on the history of Midtown while bearing a strong contemporary identity that includes sound and acoustics as important design elements. “Bad sound can ruin an otherwise perfect restaurant environment,” explains Guldager. “I want the right background music level and clarity so people can hear the music but still hold a conversation. Clarity is key in getting sound into the ‘sweet spot’ as a design element.” Guldager worked closely with David Schwartz of Essential Communications to design the sound system for Vitae.