Caviar Kaspia, the iconic Parisian haunt that attracts a list of notable diners — Jay Z, Beyoncé, Rihanna — has made its way to New York. The restaurant, which has been serving up fish roe since 1927, has popped up inside of the members coworking club Spring Place. The original dining room has been re-created inside of the TriBeCa venue’s Sunken Living Room, where the full menu will be served through the end of February, a play for the New York fall fashion week crowd.
Caviar Kaspia and Spring Place hosted a VIP preview dinner on Tuesday night to celebrate the concept’s launch. Constance Jablonski, Liya Kebede, Anja Rubik, Wes Gordon and Allison Aston came out on an otherwise dreary, rainy evening to dine on passed caviar blinis and uni toast before a seated dinner featuring the restaurant’s iconic baked potato and caviar dish. Waris Ahluwalia embraced Diana Picasso, fresh off a week at Art Basel Miami Beach, as she made her way around the island bar dispensing glasses of Champagne.
Alexandre de Betak’s Bureau Betak was responsible for transforming the sunken space from its Seventies burgundy velvet iteration into a recreation of the Parisian dining room. “Caviar Kaspia’s got that hard to describe elegance, classicness, extreme refinement and extreme simplicity at the same time,” Betak said. “That’s what I love in Paris, and that’s what I wanted to try and create here. When you walk in the building, I think the contrast is quite shocking, and hopefully it will provide the setting for great intimate dinners, like in Paris.”
Spring Place cofounder Francesco Costa was impressed with the room’s transformation. “The first thing I thought is, it took me two years to do my house, and he did this in nine days,” Costa said. “Then I asked Betak, and Betak said, ‘No, I also took one year to do my house, don’t worry.'”