1 Petrossian restaurant and café is housed in the historic and ornate Alwyn Court Building at the corner of West 58th Street and Seventh Avenue. This is the restaurant entrance.
2 And this is the entrance to the café.
3 Completed in 1909, this 12-story building is covered top to bottom with molded terra cotta Renaissance and Gothic shapes and figures. The building is a designated landmark.
4 The profusion of intricate detail that covers the entire building is in the style of Francis I, of the French Renaissance, and his personal symbol was a crowned salamander.
5 Inside the restaurant, designed by Ion Oroveanu - This is the art deco style bar, featuring fabulous etched mirrors by Erté, a Russian-born French artist and designer.
6 A closeup
8 And another
9 This amazing chandelier is a Lanvin.
10 There are also Lalique crystal light fixtures.
11 Whimsical bronze sculptures from the 1930's are positioned in the windows.
13 And another
14 This is the interior of the cafe and boutique.
15 I absolutely love Petrossian's flaky, light, and buttery croissants.
16 This is an apricot Danish - essentially a croissant filled with almond paste, whole apricots, and garnished with pistachio nuts.
17 And this is an almond croissant filled with almond paste and drizzled with toasted almonds.
18 A perfect little raspberry tart
19 A tart of mixed berries
20 Cinnamon rolls
21 Raisin miam
22 Pain fromage
23 Loaves of oatmeal cranberry bread and apricot hazelnut bread
24 A roasted vegetable foccacia with zucchini, squash, sweet onion, red peppers, and cheese
25 Canele - a caramelized vanilla custard and assorted cookies
26 Madeleines are one of my favorite cookies - very small sponge cakes with a distinctive shell-like shape.
27 Double chocolate pecan cookies
28 Petrossian sells a lovely assortment of chocolates and candies, all handmade in a small confectionary in Paris using only the best ingredients.
29 Checkerboard praline
30 Cappuccino praline
31 Calvados hearts
32 Raspberry heart praline
33 Pistachio praline
34 Riverstones are assorted dried candied fruits, almond paste, and chocolate covered almonds.
35 A tin of Petrossian cognac pearls
36 But, what first made the Petrossian name so famous was caviar. For nearly ninety years, Petrossian caviar has stood for excellence.
37 Today, Petrossian works with sturgeon farms, providing gourmet sustainable options to wild sturgeon. Their caviar has a full and robust flavor.
38 They also sell light, little blini, or pancakes to serve the caviar on.
39 Of course, dolloped with delicious crème frâiche
40 And for more than 60 years, Petrossian has been making smoked salmon using a secret family recipe.
41 In addition to assorted varieties of smoked salmon, there is also smoked sturgeon, scallops, trout, black cod, mussels, and whitefish.
42 And also several varieties of pure foie gras
43 They also have a nice selection of bottled, jarred, and canned products like raspberry vinegar and truffle-flavored olive oil.
44 And eggplant caviar
45 And lobster bisque
46 A Petrossian Salmon Sampling of their Premier Smoked, Classic Tsar Cut, Tsar Cut Vodka Dill Spiced, and Tsar Black Sea Spiced
47 A traditional Caesar salad with Parmesan cheese and garlic croutons
48 The Petrossian Signature Cobb Salad - smoked salmon, tomatoes, avocado, fresh goat cheese, eggs, and crumbled apple smoked bacon
49 The Petrossian Club - toasted blini layered with lemon-sage aioli, smoked salmon, sturgeon, tomato, lettuce, and honey mustard