Our Story

The Strulovitch Tradition

On a visit to Romania in 1982, Leo Strulovitch, founder and CEO of
Manhattan Chairs, was captivated by the smell of freshly chopped wood
and the deft craftsmanship he observed. Tradition was alive and well in
the vast forests of Central Europe where thousands of artisans made
furniture using centuries-old methods. The common goal of producing
fine furniture made for a flawless team effort.

It was then that his passion for bringing this hand-crafted, durable
furniture—the ‘real thing’—to the American market was born!

Upon his return to the US, Leo immediately set out to realize his
dream of importing European chairs. No obstacle stood in the way of
his strong drive to succeed. He rented a modest 5,000-square-foot
warehouse in Brooklyn, New York. Partnering with his sons, Manhattan
Chairs quickly gained the trust and confidence of establishment owners

Today, Manhattan Chairs operates in a 55,000-square-foot facility in
Bayonne, New Jersey. Three generations of Strulovitch's continue the
tradition of providing the finest quality chairs with intense dedication.

About Us

The world has changed in fundamental ways over the past thirty-two years. Technology has altered a great many things and quality handcrafted products have almost vanished from the market in favor of quicker, cheaper labor.

The world has changed. But our promise hasn’t.

Established in 1982 by Leo Strulovitch, Manhattan Chairs maintains that original commitment to quality and loyalty that has enabled us to grow and earn the trust and admiration of clients worldwide. No shortcuts, no leeway. We know that each chair we sell has the potential to upgrade your establishment from mediocre to upscale, and therefore we treat each chair with respect. In our view, when we build chairs, we build your success!

As a leading wholesaler of commercial seating, we are the economical and dependable choice to a diverse and constantly growing customer base. From hotels to restaurants, from assisted living facilities to health care facilities, from public parks to recreational villas, we have what it takes to provide your establishment with long-term seating solutions.

Each hotelier and establishment owner knows its patrons—their needs and their tastes. Your interior design surely reflects that. We want the seating in your establishment to reflect your individualistic dreams, as well. Our team will be delighted to work with your design committee to reach the perfect solution—together.
With our unmatched upholstery choices and chair finishes, your chair will become a centerpiece of beauty and durability.

The Crypton and lacquer finishes are durable and aesthetically pleasing. This stain-resistant choice ensures that you can have the chair of your dreams without compromising on practicality.

Enjoy the virtual tour of our 55,000-square-foot facility. You’re guaranteed to find the chair you need in bentwood, Beechwood, metal or aluminum.

A thirty-two-year-old promise: Never Broken.