The Vasper, a new American bistro opens in New York City’s NoMad neighborhood. Located at the Park Avenue Mondrian, the 120-seat restaurant pays homage to the mid-century, taking inspiration from the opulence of the era while incorporating more eclectic flavors. Executive Chef Nick Koustefanou has been tapped for food while the drinks program is created by Beverage Director Evan Hawkins.
The Vasper is open for lunch, dinner and private dining experiences and offers a prix fixe two martini lunch.
Chef Koustefanou’s Modern American menu draws inspiration from the flavors made famous during the ’50s and ’60s but revisited for today’s palette. Signature dishes include Hiramasa Crudo with melon gazpacho, radish, chili and fresh honeydew, Beef Tartare with deviled egg mousse and toasted sourdough and a decadent Lobster Thermidor for two served with Gochujang Sauce American and seasonal vegetables. The space also boasts a chef’s counter for curated tastings, inspired by Koustefanou’s background in Japanese omakase with his experience at Kissaki.
The drinks program by Beverage Director Evan Hawkins is a recreation of post-war cocktail culture, featuring innovative twists on classics. Standouts include the Mezcal Paloma Whip with dry grapefruit soda and chile salt, Bitter Rum Mojito with mint bitter caramel, vanilla and fresh citrus, and The Vasper, a twist on the classic gin martini.
Designed by Delphine Mauroit of DMDesign and Tom Mckay of Mckay Architecture, AIA, the three spaces of The Vasper are characterized by their own personality while flowing together for a seamless visual experience. Inspired by Mckay’s minimalism and DMDesign’s sophisticated aesthetic, the bistro is upscale and inviting. The bar space is decorated with the lush greenery and unique chandelier. The dining spaces include sumptuous fabrics from Kravet and cozy booths. The art collection, a pictorial expression of movement, features works by French artist Silvere Jarrosson and minimalist painter Yaacov Agam.
The Vasper is located at 444 Park Avenue South in New York City.
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