Although Bastille day is not a holiday on the radar of Americans, it is telling that The Baccarat Hotel and Residences chose the French independence holiday as the perfect evening to celebrate the completion and launch of this rarified New York hotel. Baccarat is the French crystal company with a history that is older than the United States of America itself! The company was founded by King Louis XV in 1764. Why would a crystal brand open a hotel? Well the answer is evidenced upon entering the sitting room near the second floor reception. Lavish crystal chandeliers are pointedly placed and create a grand and sumptuous effect—but there is a balance of the contemporary and historical in all the public spaces. The hotel is set to reinvent luxury accommodations in New York and bring a French tradition of excellence to service, decor and food to the city. This New York jewel sits on 53rd Street right across from the Museum of Modern Art and the inauguration party was equal in grandeur to the space it was celebrating.
Last night’s coming out party was a glimpse into the service and accommodations, which The Baccarat will provide it’s well-heeled guests—pure decadence and, of course, the apex of refinement in all ways and manner. The elegant tea salon was filled with guests like Rosario Dawson and Martha Stewart who sipped Ruinart champagne ( just the oldest Champagne brand known to man!) in colorful crystal goblets and ate Petrossian caviar. A elaborate and colorful spread of petit fours covered a marble surface while several macaron sculptures decorated the table in honor of the French holiday. The bar room had a charcuterie buffet featured duck pate’ while sharply dressed and impeccably mannered waiters offered quail deviled eggs and mini-caviar sandwiches. As the evening progressed the guests spilled onto the outdoor terrace and enjoyed the evening air and view.
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