New Yorkers no longer have to travel to Place de la Madeleine in Paris to experience Caviar Kaspia, the legendary nearly century-old Russian eatery, because the restaurant has come to them.
Caviar Kaspia which has hosted celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna, Beyoncé and Jay Z along with the chicest fashion week soirées, has opened up at Spring Place, the Tribeca-based co-working membership club that has a penchant for blue-chip pop up restaurants, like Casa Cruz.
To realize their most ambitious project to date, Francesco Costa, chief executive of Spring Place, enlisted the design firm Bureau Betak (helmed by famed French designer Alexandre De Betak) to see it through. “He was able to recreate the Parisian experience down to the last detail,” Costa said of the 44-seat haunt. But then again, De Betak is no stranger to luxury. He regularly designs shows for the likes of Dior, parties such as the seasonal Alexander Wang rager, and exhibitions like Fendi’s “The Artisans of Dreams” which opened in Rome last summer.
When they asked him to recreate the Parisian classic as a pop-up restaurant in New York, De Betak, a Kaspia regular, jumped at the opportunity. Determined to capture an atmosphere as calm, chic, and sophisticated as the one in Paris, De Betak’s first task was to figure out a way to curtail the noise that permeates all downtown eateries. He found his solution by padding the walls, carpeting the floors, hanging silk curtains, and customizing a table layout to encourage smaller-sized parties. “I wanted it to be as classic, old fashioned and cozy as the one in Paris,” De Betak explained. In addition to the lush draping, he flew in vintage chairs and banquettes he sourced from Paris to ornament the turquoise accented dining room, and added mirrored ceilings to give the space a special touch.
The kitchen is run by Spring Place’s resident executive chef Fabio Bano, who worked closely with Caviar Kaspia’s executive chef, Yves Jasmin, to replicate the original menu. While an à la carte selection of smoked salmon, crab salad, and burrata toast are on offer, you’ll find most guests pining after Kaspia’s famous baked potato, which is accompanied by a selection of caviars they imported from their Paris outpost. As for beverages, Kaspia stayed true blue once again, with their signature assortment of two dozen Russian vodkas and a selection of thirty vintage champagnes. Bon appétit!
Calling Card A glass door on the quaint cobblestoned street of Saint Johns Lane in Tribeca.
Tribes Expect everyone from supermodels like Anja Rubik and Liya Kebede, fashion designers and downtowners like Waris Ahluwalia and Wes Gordon.
What to Order The baked potato of course! For the full experience pair it with the Caviar Martini, courtesy of Spring Place’s resident mixologist who concocted the drink in honor of the restaurant’s three-month residency.
Basics Spring Place, 6 St Johns Lane, New York, New York 10013. You can request a reservation via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The restaurant will be open through mid-February.
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