|Alwyn Court houses Petrossian on the ground floor.|
If you’ve ever wandered away from Central Park and walked south on Seventh Avenue, you’ve probably noticed one of the loveliest structures in all of New York City. On the southeast corner of 58th Street is historic Alwyn Court, a glorious example of French Renaissance architecture with its ornate terra cotta facade. Step up and enter through a tiny vestibule and you’ll discover Art Deco-styled Petrossian, New York’s caviar headquarters since 1984.
I’ve adored this building since the early 1980s, and wanted to dine in the restaurant since before I moved to the city in 2007. From the moment I spotted the blue and gray awnings and the black and gold doors, I wanted to step inside, and finally, I did, and my visit was pretty spectacular.
|Petrossian has been NYC’s caviar headquarters since 1984.|
Since 1920, the Petrossian family has excelled in the business of luxury and decadence. From foie gras to truffles and tapenade to Beluga, an evening at the restaurant promises indulgence, yet with a humble approach. The owners and staff are friendly and welcoming –– you’ll feel more like you’ve gone to a good friend’s home for dinner in the 60-seat space, than to an upscale restaurant in Midtown Manhattan.
|Indulge in items like smoked salmon tartare and caviar at Petrossian.|
I had the pleasure of chatting with Armen and Alexandre Petrossian, the father and son team behind the French-inspired institution. Armen explained how Alex plans to introduce new ideas and put his personal twist on the almost century-old business. Alex seems eager and enthusiastic about Petrossian’s future, which will, of course, include caviar!
|Lyndsey Gavin of Public, Alex Petrossian, Armen Petrossian, and I pose for a photo last night.|
|The Caviar Girl served caviar all night during the 30th Anniversary party at Petrossian.|
A surprise guest popped in for a short visit to pose for a few photos and savor a sampling. I find it no surprise that Martha Stewart would be a fan of Petrossian’s epicurean food and spirits.
|I grab a quick photo with Martha Stewart, who briefly popped in to celebrate.|
Beyond caviar, Petrossian is recognized for smoked fish and other in-house delicacies such as its toothsome, creamy seafood risotto. If you’re far from New York, you can order much of Petrossian’s finest online. And if you’re not a caviar connoisseur, not to worry. There’s a specialist available to answer questions and help guide your choices.
|The seafood risotto is heavenly.|
|Petrossian’s vodka dill-spiced salmon is one of my favorites.|
Perhaps you’d like an artisan sandwich, duck leg confit, borscht, or a croque monsieur for brunch, or simply some smoked fish to accompany your caviar? The Petrossian Cafe & Boutique is located just next to the restaurant. I suggest ordering the vodka dill-spiced salmon, smoked trout, and smoked sardines, all of which are equally scrumptious. Dine in or grab a selection to go and devour your edibles with a bottle of bubbly at home.
Takeout never tasted so good.
182 W 58th St
New York, NY 10019