Here / Now With Ariel Arce
Here / Now With Ariel Arce
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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.


We were fully charmed by Art-deco themed Air’s, quickly becoming regulars because her female-led team demystified champagne for us- bubbles are no longer only for special occasions or the standard bottle of Moet and Veuve. We basically lost it when she announced that Tokyo Record Bar, Ariel’s homage to the jewelry-box sized vinyl speakeasies, was opening downstairs. Just a few steps away, we’re treated to another unique sensory indulgence of bites and booze grounded in music. Both spots are less than a year old. Props, babe!
From the concept to the interiors, to the glassware and menu, Ariel is hands-on through every single element you see, taste and hear. A visit is always filled with whimsy and fun, yet the seriously specialized and though out details are why we keep coming back. And that is Ariel in a nutshell – she shows us that owning our skills and acting on our passions truly pays off and are so excited for what she has in store for us later this year.
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You're listening to Ariel's playlist for going on a walk
  • I was put on this Earth to:
  • Bring people together.

  • A normal day in my life:
  • 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.

  • What inspired me to open Air's Champagne Parlor:
  • 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.

  • A challenge I faced as a woman in this male-dominated industry:
  • 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.

Ariel Arce photographed by Jae Eun Seok in New York HERE / NOW WITH MORE AMAZING WOMEN