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Park Avenue Springs into 2010

James Andrew at Park Avenue Spring - photo by Nicholas Turner

Spring has finally sprung here in New York City – welcome relief after a long, dark, and dreary winter – a wonderful sense of optimism and possibility is in the air once again. Donna Summer’s Spring Affair is starting to get lots of play time on my iPod – it all puts me in the mood for a bit of a celebration.

And I can’t think of a better place to celebrate than Park Avenue Spring!

Park Avenue Spring - photo Nicholas Turner

This season at PAS derives inspiration from the classic English garden with a modernist flair. Spectacular blossoms bathe the dining room in every shade of pink imaginable – the walls, a super chic back drop of deep leaf green with brass panels, and brass clad niches showcase a selection of garden statuary. The ceiling adds to the fantasy with barrel-vaulting in a smoked laurel burl wood. A garden-like centerpiece with vintage cast wild dog heads and exotic greenery and flora create the perfect locus around which all revolves at the magical Park Avenue Spring.

Park Avenue Spring - photo Nicholas Turner

To match this glorious sensory feast, the highly esteemed chef, Craig Koketsu has concocted a most exciting Spring menu.

We’ve included a few highlights from our recent lunch below.

Starters included peekytoe crab cake with avocado and raspberries, smoked salmon and bucatini, wasabi caviar, creme fraiche, roasted baby beets, pistachio pesto, and danish blue cheese.

We followed this with a delectable langostine roll and shrimp scampi and completed our Spring fete with a stable of confections that simply bloomed with a myriad of concentrated flavors – We particularly fancied the rhubarb and lemon semolina fritters with white chocolate-yuzu curd and rhubarb sorbet – and all was presented beautifully by Richard Leach – a James Beard award winner and executive pastry chef.

I recently gathered a collection of friends to experience Park Avenue Spring- most of whom thought they might experience nose bleeds having to trek uptown – their usual preference being to stay below 23 rd Street – Needless to say they were all quite blown away by the sumptuous surrounds and spectacular cuisine – Well worth the journey a few blocks north!

Getting into the Spring spirit I’m wearing a dusty rose suede safari style jacket and oat meal cotton corduroy pants both by Gucci, white cotton french cuff shirt by Tom Ford, vintage moonstone cuff links by Ralph Lauren, Gucci python belt with silver buckle, chartreuse silk tie Charvet Paris, Lanvin sneakers in taupe suede and patent leather, and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.

27 Comments

  1. Dean says:

    Jamie,

    Very exciting, incredible photography… great job.

    Dean

  2. Dean says:

    James, I LOVED the u tube of Donna ! She lives here in Naples and I see her all the time in restaurants and shops…

    Dean

  3. Carlos says:

    Nice pictures, Andrew!
    And the restaurant looks gorgeous. The outskirts are always interesting!
    And what a great look! I love the Lanvin sneakers!
    C

  4. Mary says:

    I can’t wait to visit Spring! James, you look wonderful as always.

  5. Jill says:

    Wow…haven’t visited in a while and now all the facial hair. You men!

  6. Jay Gatsby says:

    Everything sounds delicious, specially the crab cakes, can´t live without them!

    JG

  7. Maria La Torre says:

    Park Avenue Spring…….sólo con el nombre ya dan ganas de ir! me encanta cómo se ve el ambiente lleno de flores primaverales, se ve que es un ambiente muy refinado, cuando esté en NYC no dejaré pasar la oportunidad de visitarlo!

    besos,

    Maria

  8. Pink Cinnamon says:

    lovely place…….amazing jacket!

  9. Christiane von Könemann says:

    Alles hört sich sehr gut an, ich bin mir sicher dass das Essen dort köstlich ist, die Stimmung finde ich auch sehr schön…

    Liebe Grüsse

    Christiane

  10. Adelaide says:

    Your jacket matches perfect with the flowers!

    love from Brazil,

    Adelaide

  11. GREAT photographs– I love the tonal quality on the first one (vintage!!!).

    I adore the Gucci belt!

  12. Maria Paula says:

    James,

    Me encanta que esté lleno de flores, y tú siempre al centro como un rey, luces magnífico!

    cariños,

    MP

  13. Mara Helmrich von Elgott says:

    Das Essen in PAS soll lecker sein…….ich mag die Blumen und die Farben, perfekt für den Frühling, alles ist sehr schön!

    Wie immer, hast Du die beste Kleidung ausgesucht!

    Alles Liebe,

    Mara

  14. Paper Doll says:

    James, u look uberchic, I hope you invite me for dinner at PAS when I´m in NYC 😉

  15. Simpática says:

    Qué ambiente más lindo y lleno de toques primaverales, debe ser maravillosa una cena allí, y todo lo que está en la carta suena delicioso, me encantará probarlo cuando me de una vuelta por allá!

  16. Edie B. says:

    What a lovely and intimate place! love the colors and the branches full of flowers! would love to make my birthday party there!

    love,

    Edie

  17. Eugenia Drummond says:

    We have a similar restaurant here in Rio, I love to go there with friends…….

    hugs from Brazil,

    Eugenia

  18. Kevin Joseph says:

    F-ing Brilliant, again!

  19. Marianne Buschmann says:

    Let´s meet there the next spring James!

  20. Lola Montes says:

    Qué lindas fotografías toma Nicholas, me encanta la perspectiva. Tú James luces increíble como siempre y el lugar es bellísimo, qué suerte tienes de estar siempre rodeado de tanta belleza!

    cariños,

    Lola

  21. Jane Ellenborough says:

    I love the tones of your portrait, everything works perfect…….

  22. Abraham V. says:

    Hoola James!!! Me encantó el lugar! Y la combinación verde-morado estupendaaaaaa!!!!

  23. Jerry Kraft says:

    James, just wonderful. So beautiful. I would love to go there sometime. Perfect tune with Donna Summer. By the way, you look fabulous. LOVE the facial hair. Great job. Thank you! xo Jerry

  24. Shani says:

    Oh, how I want to have a dinner party there! And I’m dying to know more about wasabi caviar. Happy Spring to you, James!

  25. Dean Farris says:

    J, love that KILLER jacket…

  26. mila says:

    wow,you look amazing!!!!!

  27. Bruno says:

    It looks like a beautiful place, where I would love to have lunch or dinner!

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