Although considerably "brighter" than Lucien, East Thirty-Six's interior is still on the dark side (I've never been to Olde Towne Bistro and Oyster Bar so I cannot comment about its decor). However many details have been updated with more modern touches resulting in a much more approachable space. Gone are the dated crystal chandeliers (thank goodness!) which have now been replaced with contemporary steel light fixtures. The ceiling in the main dining room also has this cool purple'ish-blue back light.
Banquette seating at the back of the restaurant is perfect for large groups (East Thirty-Six comfortably seats 70).
A semi-private, raised "purple room" occupies the northeast corner of the restaurant.