AK Blog

  • The Skylark Rooftop Terrace Now Open
    Posted: March 26, 2014 at 5:15 pm


    With the endless snow and polar vortex finally behind us, we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the warm weather. And we’re happy to announce that The Skylark is kicking off the season with the official opening of its rooftop terrace starting Wednesday, April 16.

    We invite you to stop up and enjoy the city’s most awe-inspiring views with Times Square to the north, Midtown to east, and the Hudson River to the west. Sip on one of the delicious, crafted drinks from our brand new spring cocktail menu while enjoying comfortable outdoor seating, full bar, and heaters. You can even catch a game on our outdoor TV.

    We look forward to seeing you soon.

  • Make This Drink: Citrus Carrot Spritzer
    Posted: March 19, 2014 at 12:09 pm

  • AK Debuts New Spring Menu!
    Posted: March 7, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    The snow may have kept coming, but that didn’t stop our talented team of chefs when it came time for creating our new spring menu! All of their hard work in creating, testing and retesting paid off as the team debuted nearly 70 innovate and delicious new dishes during our annual company tasting. Get look at some of our favorites below…


    The popularity of comfort foods is still going strong — as are their bite-sized counterparts. This year, we put our tiny twist on classics to create our one-bite Spaghetti & Meatballs (baked angel hair custard topped with mini meatballs) and Chix & Waffles (Sriracha fried chicken, herbed waffles & peach maple jam). Our Antipasti Bites with grilled pears, speck (an Italian cured ham similar to prosciutto), goat cheese & pistachio praline and Truffled Arborio Arancini with fontina parmesan cream and roasted wild mushrooms were also a huge hit!


    In the realm of drinks, our mixology team created a new assortment of cocktails, including our Strawberry Rhubarb Tea made with vodka, strawberry rhubarb puree and infused with earl grey tea and lime syrup. Meanwhile, our Blood Orange Jalapeño Margarita was so popular with our guests, we couldn’t resist making it into our newest flavor of granita.


    With so many wonderful new starters to the menu, it was tough picking which to highlight. But two standouts are our Shrimp, Asparagus & Tomatoes (in an asparagus horseradish foam with edible marigold petals) and Lemon Tarragon Lobster Salad (with asapargus, braised fennel, yellow beets, whipped goat cheese and an orange crema).


    We went even more out of the box this year with our plated desserts. Our All American Sampler offers a variety of true Americana treats: a warm nutella s’more, blueberry hand-pie and cherry coke granita. Our Urban Treat is quite the opposite featuring a white coconut angel cake served alongside a dark chocolate cremeux studded with candied pretzels, salted chips, caramel bacon, macaroons, tropical fruit cubes —all topped with a stout caramel sauce.


    And what event is complete without our fun and whimsical butlered treats. This year we did our own take on the ever-popular cronut with our mini Strawberry Mascarpone Kronuts. We also through in some rustic charm with warm Apple Pie Fries with strawberry caramel “ketchup” & vanilla bean anglaise “mayo” for dipping. There’s even some spins on childhood favorites included our Spiked Italian Ices (with flavors like strawberry daiquiri, piña colada, and green apple-tini) and Colorful Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches (pistachio coconut pineapple, carrot butter pecan caramel and raspberry black currant ganache).

    Toques off to our chefs for yet another stellar menu!


  • Featured Wedding: Liz & Cole
    Posted: February 26, 2014 at 2:03 pm








    Cole took Liz to the park they had gone to through the years since high school. The two enjoyed a picnic close to the tree they had carved their name into several years back. After having lunch and hanging out, Cole got down on one knee with the most beautiful ring, and, of course, Liz said yes! When the time came to choose a venue, both food and location were a top priority for both Liz and Cole. Since they both share a love for water and had been to several Abigail Kirsch events, The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers immediately was their first choice!





     “Our wedding theme was crystal and water,” says Liz. Crystals were used in the centerpieces and hung from the ceiling, along with a white billowing tent above the dance floor lit with warm amber lighting. “Water and crystals were also used in our escort card table which was placed in the front of the venue as the first thing guests saw upon entering,” says Liz.




    Pie-In-A-Jar, Butternut Squash Risotto Fritters, Artisan Steakhouse Beef







    “We were outside taking pictures before the ceremony, and a large sightseeing boat was pulling out of the marina,” says Liz. “When they saw us, the whole boat cheered and clapped for us.” Another unexpected moment was when Liz surprised Cole with the studio recording of her singing their first dance song. 






    “Still at this moment, our guests are continuing to talk about how amazing our wedding was. We have received so many compliments on the uniqueness of our venue, the décor, the food, the band, and the feeling they had in the space,” says Liz. 





    wedding planner : Joan Schecher, Setting the Scene Designs |  floral design: XQuisite Flowers | photography: Fred Marcus | entertainment: Faze 4- Project Madison | wedding dress: Oscar De La Renta | bridesmaid dresses: Monique Lhullier