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Park Avenue Summer

James Andrew at Park Avenue Summer - photo Lars Stephan

James Andrew at Park Avenue Summer - photo Lars Stephan

We here at WIJW have a passion for elevated living, and delight in bringing you our very best finds. Perhaps this is why our recent lunch at Park Avenue Summer has us so aglow.

Park Avenue takes things a step further than most – not only do they tailor their excellent cuisine to each season, but they elegantly transform their interior space as well, creating that total sensory experience WIJW talks about so much!

With a nod to the travels of the famous eighteenth century explorer Captain James Cook, each season’s Park Avenue design loosely references one of Cook’s expeditions. The current Park Avenue Summer is inspired by the Galapagos, with a classic, naturalist vibe while still maintaining a modernist sensibility – white cast tortoise shells hang on gorgeous lacquered panels, salvaged wood with hints of white paint recall summers spent at a treasured seaside destination – the effect provides a cooling escape from the city heat.

Cuisine at Park Avenue

Cuisine at Park Avenue

Their esteemed master chef Craig Koketsu has created a refreshing summer table, with a selection of what one craves this time of year – lobster, summer corn, tomatoes… – the freshest and best that this season has to offer, all exquisitely and inspiringly reinterpreted.

I hope this is not too cruel, but I simply have to describe our fantastic luncheon Рwe began with a scrumptious selection of appetizers Рsalmon tartar, prosciutto and melon, a sublime butter and sugar corn soup, and crisp artichokes, followed by, and this is no exaggeration, the best lobster salad we have ever had Рa lovely ros̩ to wet the palate Рand a tasting of a variety of the most perfect seasonal deserts punctuated the afternoon.

Park Avenue Summer is a true culinary and visual adventure.

Just as I enjoy the change in seasons, with all the possibility that each new designer collection brings, I look forward to Park Avenue Autumns’s offerings this September. I’ll be sure to bring you a glimpse of this remarkable restaurant and its new interior incarnation then!

Located on Park Avenue at 63rd Street, I find it quick and easy to pop in for a gorgeous lunch or dinner. Here in the stunning dining room, I’m wearing a chartreuse suede safari jacket by Gucci, white cotton voile safari shirt, silver chain link belt, python loafers all by Gucci, and bright yellow jeans by Cassette.


  1. I bet if I licked my index finger and touched those pants, they would sizzle! 😉

  2. Paul Pincus says:

    those yellow jeans are sexy-gorgeous!

  3. Jerry Kraft says:

    James as usual, you have sparked us all again. I love this. My coworker was telling me about a restaurant in Boston as well that is similiar. Thank you for all of this. AWESOME!

  4. Dean says:

    I really cannot wait to try Park Avenue Summer ! MONDAINE ! that was a typo…

  5. Clark says:

    Cannot wait to try Park Ave. Summer! My dear friend always highlights the best kept secret and stylish places that are tucked away all over the City!

  6. Stephen says:

    I just swam on to your blog & I am so glad that I did. I just love it & you are so urbane & witty…I think I am in love!

    ” You Always Look So Cool”
    F.Scott Fitzgerald

    I will be back.

  7. wendy says:

    James – you are so funny – how are you possibly being cruel? You are inspiring us all to achieve greatness in every aspect of life!

  8. Brad Sumner says:

    Will have to stop in for a bite next I’m in NYC! Place sounds amazing.

  9. Ashley Deans says:

    You look great! find your site so inspiring and look forward to your daily updates -I will spread the word over here in the uk.

  10. Holly Orsburn says:

    When dining here, I tend to forget that I have responsibilites other than lunching with the ladies and enjoying our surroundings! PS, what perfect pants you are wearing for their Summer scheme.

  11. john downs says:

    “No artist sees things as they really are.If he did,he would cease to be an artitst.” Oscar Wilde.

    James,your unique vision and ability to see beyond the ordinary make your perspective so valuable.Thanks for always being interesting.

  12. Peter Westcott says:

    James, the next time I am in town with our collection, we must dine there and go through our 2011 colours together. I need your in-put. Thanks for the Brunschwig and Fils wallpaper suggestion – GENIUS! PW

  13. Andrew Merron says:

    You have teamed your outfit SO well with the decor there – inspired, sexual and hot! Tagette, Ivory and Grigio – Love IT!!

  14. Amanda Lear says:

    Dahlink! Diamonds for Breakfast was written for you… Now that my glory is fading, you are my Alter Ego… I live through you! Ciao! Buono! xxx A

  15. Andrew Merron says:

    Tagette, Ivoire and Grigio – you have inspired me for my new colour scheme at home. xx

  16. Chukker says:

    Oh James! You are such an inspiration!
    I spend hours in your website admiring your sense of style

  17. Amy Walko says:

    You sure know how to rock skinny jeans, James!!

  18. Jill says:

    The decor matches your ensem perfectly! Love the sheer shirt mimicking the sheer light fixtures. Do you ever smile, James?

  19. Sharon says:

    What a heavenly restaurant! Your lunch sounds incredible – and you look as handsome as ever!
    I always take your recommendations to heart – so I will be sure to visit Park Avenue Summer very soon! xoxo

  20. Tate says:

    Fab! I can’t wait to visit this place in person during next trip to New York. Thanks James!

  21. Margaret Pole-Plantaganet says:

    Please close those legs a little dear boy, you are making me hungry and I mustn’t eat before the scaffold.

  22. Dean Farris says:

    James, love the way your body is making a perfect “A” shape here! Did Lars tell you to do that? It’s great to be a human logo…:) A for Andrew !

    Dean (D for Dean)

  23. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Dean,

    It is rather brilliant!

    Lars Stephan is just an amazing photographer.

    I miss him terribly, alas he is now based in the UK so a trip there is in order.



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