Rose is the drink of summer for many, but a new Greenwich Village Champagne bar is here to remind New Yorkers of a just-as-refreshing vino. Tonight, owner Ariel Arce is opening Air’s Champagne Parlor (127 Macdougal Street), a shrine to Champagne and all other sparkling wines.
Arce has a resume that lists The Office (The Aviary’s speakeasy) and Chicago haunt Pops for Champagne before she started spening time as beverage director at now-shuttered New York sparkling sanctuaries Birds and Bubbles and Ravi DeRossi’s Riddling Widow.
The New York native has spent the last several months hand-picking sparkling wines for the list at Air’s, including wines from French Champagne houses Dhondt-Grellet and Vilmart, and yes, a few rose champagnes like one from Eric Rodez. In an effort to continue to make sparkling wines more approachable, the list also offers a 50 wines under $50.
The food menu was similarly curated by Arce, each item meant to complement the bar’s 125 bottles of sparkling. Seafood options include oysters (duh), a hamachi tartare, and seared garam masala scallops. Caviar service (also duh) is served with creme fraiche and potato chips, and all priced under $30 for a half ounce. (American Sturgeon is on the menu for $28 for the half ounce.)
If you ever visited Ladybird, or saw its interior on this website, you’ll notice a lot has changed now that Arce is in charge. In the remodel, Arce made the wise decision to nix Ladybird’s motif of gold mirrors and emerald green curtains, settling on a design that is softer, and flanked in live plants. Starting today, Air’s will be open every day except Monday starting at 5:00 p.m. Let us know what you think if you happen to stop by.