Papilles is a purveyor of fine French dining helmed by 23-year old Chef Andrea Calstier. Classically trained in France and formerly of multiple Michelin-starred restaurants, Chef Calstier has created an innovative menu pushing the boundaries and interpretations of classic French fare, he calls “cuisine vagabonde.”
Meaning “taste buds”, Papilles is a collaboration between Andrea Calstier, his wife Elena Oliver, and fellow French expat and close friend, Nicolas Thoni.
Calstier’s classical training and restaurant experience allow him to explore new avenues and take an elevated approach with the Papilles menu. He has been working in the kitchen since the age of 16 under the tutelage of several Michelin-starred restaurants, most recently at Daniel in New York.
Prior to moving to New York, Calstier worked at Chef Stephane Raimbault’s L’Oasis in Côte d'Azur, Chef Emmanuel Hebrard’s Abbaye de la Bussière in Burgundy, and Chef Christophe Bacquié’s namesake restaurant at the Hôtel du Castellet in Provence. At 18, Calstier won a medal for Meilleurs Apprentis de France (Best Apprentice of France) of the prestigious Un des Meilleur Ouvrier de France (One of the Best Craftsmen of France) competition.
Nicolas is a French-Italian mixologist and restaurant manager who grew up in Lyon, the capital of food. Along with a thoughtful wine list, Nicolas creates specialty cocktails using fresh herbs, spices, and flowers to complement the seasonal ingredients of the menu.
Papilles’ intimate interior is designed by Elena to reflect the natural environment of the team’s French-Mediterranean roots while paying tribute to the charming sensibilities of the surrounding neighborhood. With direct views of the open kitchen, guests can catch a glimpse of Chef Calstier and his Sous-Chef Dale Kester, adding to a memorable dining experience.
Papilles partners with local farmers to source all organic, non-GMO, fresh and seasonal ingredients. The meats are grass-fed from humanely-raised, cage-free, antibiotic-free farms and the fish are wild caught.
Please reach out to Sunny@magmagt.com to make a reservation.