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Summer Returns to Park Avenue
— Celebrate Sunday Evenings with Hamptons Paella and Custom-Vinted Rosé from Lieb Cellars —
New York, NY — (June 2013) Park Avenue Summer (100 East 63rd Street at Park Avenue, 212-644-1900) has returned to the Upper East Side of Manhattan for one final summer season before the restaurant moves locations in 2014.
Executive chef Kevin Lasko created a menu that highlights the "Best Of" dishes from the last six summer seasons at Park Avenue to celebrate the restaurant's successful run at this location on the Upper East Side. Each dish features the finest seasonal ingredients available, like the Tomato & Watermelon Gazpacho with Avocado Spring Roll (2010), Potato Gnocchi with Sweet Corn and Summer Truffles (2012), and Dr. Pepper Baby Back Ribs with Fresh Peach Slaw(2010).
Richard Leach, James Beard award winning executive pastry chef, conceived a stable of summer confections that delight for their concentrated flavors and stunning presentations. For Park Avenue Summer, Leach's dessert selections include Peaches & Grits: Roasted Peach Crepe, Sweet Corn Panna Cotta and Peach Sorbet and Summer Blueberry Bread Pudding with Frozen Lemon Mousse.
Michael Stillman joined forces with award-winning design firm AvroKO (Public, Stanton Social) on the concept and all aspects of architecture, design, and graphics of the restaurant. All physical components for the four Park Avenue projects were born from one key necessity: transformability. To effectively change both the mood and the architectural details of the space, several systems of receptacles were devised throughout the restaurant. Custom steel wall frames surround the space and were built to accept differing seasonal panels. These panels not only have unique materials for each season, ranging from wood, to porcelain, to mirror, but also have unique architectural details that affect the style of the space overall. AvroKO endeavored to design a space with a sense of discovery, rather than focus on creating stereotypical, physical manifestations of a "season." This led to using Captain James Cook's explorative travels as a loose design reference. The designers researched the regions he had visited in each of his major expeditions as a way of framing each season.
Summer in particular has references from the Galapagos Islands, envisioned through a classic, naturalist's lens, and then reinterpreted with a modernist's sensibilities. Forty hand-cast tortoise shells are mounted throughout the space on high gloss lacquered panels as part of a custom steel frame system that will change seasonally. Cook's original maps are utilized as a departure point for the identity, menu graphics, and wine labels. Reclaimed, whitewashed wood from a coastal town also forms portions of the ceiling planes, doors and cabinets.
Each season at the restaurant is toasted with custom blends of wine, made for the Park Avenue project by esteemed winemakers. Park Avenue Summer will be fêted with an apropos summer rosé of locally grown Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc, made for the restaurant by Lieb Cellars on the North Fork of Long Island. The wine is available for purchase from Lieb or from selected local retailers, such as Finest Kind (Montauk), Herbert and Rist (Southampton), Morrell Wines (Easthampton), and Domaine Wines (Easthampton).
The seasonal transformation of the beverage program is not limited to wines: there will also be a vodka/Champagne bar that features seasonal mixers, developed by Richard Leach, an award-winning pastry chef. For summer, the mixers will be Rhubarb-Lime, Peach with Lemon, and Lychee. Additionally, the restaurant will feature a selection of house crafted libations like: Paris '72: Drusian Prosecco, Campari, Lillet Blanc, Dolin Rouge; and Dancing Days: Bombay Sapphire Gin, Velvet Felernum, Cucumber, Mint, Lime, Ginger Beer.
The Park Avenue wine list consists of 350 selections, drawn from wine regions around the world with a special offering of summer-inspired wines. White wines are divided into six major grape variety and style sections: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris, Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, and Rhone-style whites. Red wines focus on two main grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. The "Summer List" includes a list of rosés from France, Italy and Long Island, California and Oregon in the United States, all available by the bottle with eight by the glass. The Summer beverage program also features a selection of wheat beers that include classic wheat, summer ale and strawberry blonde. Pastry chef Richard Leach collaborated with sommelier Bryheim Al-Tayar to create two housemade sangrias: one white with peaches, lemongrass, kiwi, and blueberries and another rosé with strawberries, plums, raspberries and cherries.
Recognized by the New York Times, New York Magazine and New York Observer as one of the best new restaurants of 2007, the restaurant's phone number is 212-644-1900. The space is designed for 125 guests and has private dining rooms to accommodate 20 to 75. The Kitchen Table, located in a temperature-controlled room in the center of the kitchen, is available for private dining with a Chef's menu that highlights ingredients that are the essence of the season.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PARK AVENUE SUMMER, PLEASE CONTACT ALLISON GOOD AT 646-277-2379.