Rosé may be the unofficial drink of summer, but a new wine bar in New York's Greenwich Village is making the case for Champagne all season long.
Outfitted in 1920s-inspired decor including a marble-topped bar, large draped curtains, and Art Deco fixtures, serves bubbly by the glass or the bottle with menu highlights including a tasting flight for $40, a selection organized by note (think fuji apples, smoked strawberries, or toasted almond), and the WWBMD (what would Bill Murray do) special featuring Champagne on ice with expressed lemon. For the purists out there, Air's features an extensive selection of vintage Champagnes in addition to blends and sparkling wines from Italy, Spain, the U.S., and beyond.
Air's marks the first solo project for owner Ariel Arce, a native New Yorker who honed her palate at , a speakeasy below the renowned Aviary restaurant, and at , the "oldest family-operated Champagne bar in America," before heading back home to serve as wine director for and later Riddling Widow.
Needless to say, she knows her bubbly.
"I wanted to take something clunky, expensive and non-hospitable and ground it," Arce said. "To introduce people to up-and-coming Champagnes at a value in both fun and unexpected ways."
In addition to wine, Air's also serves a curated food menu, with dishes designed to be complement the fizz like oysters, caviar with crème Fraiche and chive potato chips, and duck confit, but we recommend stopping by for a pre-dinner drink and a selection of from a cart.
Air's Champagne Parlor is open now at 127 Macdougal Street. For more information including menus and how to make a reservation, head over to .