Opening on the ground level of the Park Avenue Mondrian in New York City’s NoMad neighborhood, The Vasper is a new American bistro created with the help of partners at Helios Hospitality [Sol, The DL, Dinner on Ludlow, Le Jardin, Apartment 13]. Inspired by the mid-twentieth century modern design movement, the restaurant pays homage to an era of opulent dining and deals made over lunchtime cocktails. Executive Chef Nick Koustefanou [Peak/Kissaki/Broken Shaker] has been tapped for food and Beverage Director Evan Hawkins [Soho House/Pouring Privateers] for drink. Open for lunch, dinner and private dining experiences, the 120-seat restaurant aims to be both a destination for the evenings and a new mainstay for the office power lunch crowd, offering a prix fixe two martini lunch sure to usher in feelings of nostalgia.
From the warm welcome of the lively bar to the dimly lit dining rooms, the three spaces of The Vasper, designed by Delphine Mauroit of DMDesign and Tom Mckay of Mckay Architecture, AIA, hold their own personality while flowing together for a seamless visual experience. Drawing from Mckay’s minimalism and DMDesign’s sophisticated aesthetic, The Vasper is both earthy and urban as well as upscale and inviting, inspired by the non-stop movement of the city it calls home. Upon entry to the bar space, guest’s eyes are pulled upwards to the lush greenery and unique chandelier, bathed in natural light during the day and city happenings at night. As guests move to the dining spaces, they will find sumptuous fabrics from Kravet and cozy booths. The art collection, a pictorial expression of movement, features works by French artist Silvere Jarrosson and minimalist painter Yaacov Agam.