Walk into Air’s Champagne Parlor, the one-year-old West Village Champagne bar from bubbly connoisseur Ariel Arce, and it’s immediately clear the wine isn’t the only thing that’s sparkling. Practically everything on the tables, from water glasses to oyster forks, is shimmery, pearlescent or gold-flecked.
It’s the kind of luxe aesthetic you rarely indulge in for everyday kitchenware — except you easily can, as plenty of the stuff at Air’s is readily available.
The water glasses at Air’s are actually a tinted, slightly iridescent version of the Marta glasses from CB2 spotted at another of-the-moment downtown NYC restaurant: Enrique Olvera’s Atla. For the fancier experience of a Champagne bar, Arce opted for the more dramatic “blue luster” color.
The raw bar forks look like something from your grandma’s silver collection — in fact, Arce found them just by searching “small vintage forks” on Etsy. This set of tiny stainless steel relish forks and coffee spoons is one example of flatware Air’s would use to serve oysters.
Caviar and Champagne is a classic combo. But instead of a traditional glass or silver server, Air’s serves caviar on a neon pink dish that’s actually a stackable odds-and-ends tray from buzzy Danish design house Hay.
It is entirely possible to get through a meal at Air’s without ever picking up a utensil, but you’d be missing out on the tortoiseshell forks and knives from the delightfully cool downtown NYC design shop Coming Soon. (Much of the decor at Air’s, including rose-tinted mirrors and fringed lamps, is also from Coming Soon.)