Ariel Arce is the Master of Ceremonies of two New York hotspots – Air’s Champagne Parlor and Tokyo Record Bar, but its her creator-instincts that take us on experiences way beyond a food and beverage menu.
After having spent time in Chicago working for The Office (star of chef Grant Achatz’ Alinea Group) and Pops for Champagne, the NYC native returned home to head up local beverage programs. Ariel is a true doyenne in the male-dominated restaurant industry who aptly couples her experience with her keen intuition in her first two solo endeavors.
Bring people together.
I’m lucky because every day is different and I love that- I have no routine. Some days are fully dedicated to being in the restaurants and doing everything from hauling wine boxes to administration work to DJing or popping bottles of champagne.
Other days are spent working on the business, new projects and day dreaming. I’m lucky and I get to travel for work- specifically to Champagne and rad wine regions.
I sometimes get to lunch and shop as my afternoon with friends-my life is great.
It’s been a dream for years but also a necessity. There just is no space outside of Europe that is completely dedicated to champagne and also tries to price it as fairly as possible. I want champagne for the people, as cheesy as it sounds and it was right time right place.
Girl, I got all day on this one- everything is a challenge every day- but many challenges are our own. We are generally the only thing holding us back, out of fear or the ability to give up at the first “no.”
There are days where it feels like everything will fall apart and it’s in those moments if your willing to cross the line and persevere you will get where you want to go eventually.
Champagne Charlie 1983- it was the first bottle of Champagne I tasted out of the cellar in actual Champagne.
Because desert is dumb and there’s always room for pizza.
A mix of highs and lows- also always buying what turns you on not what’s in style or a brand.
I think that if you have an idea and you can’t get it out of your head you owe it to yourself to try it out and if people don’t get it don’t worry about it- real change and success comes from an authentic truth and if you believe in yourself and what your doing you have already succeeded.