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Leela May 18, 2006 07:10 PM

I'm looking for a wine bar that serves food, pref. tapas / small plates, with a good atmosphere but not a lot of attitude and isn't expensive. I'd rather go somewhere downtown (E / W village, chelsea, LES, tribeca, soho) but could go further uptown for a good place.

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    fritz May 18, 2006 08:01 PM

    Tia Pol (22nd & 10th) - great, lively bar area
    Bin 71 - (237 Columbus at 71st

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      Sue V. May 18, 2006 08:17 PM

      Tia Pol is great.

      Link: http://www.tiapol.com/

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        dkstar1 May 18, 2006 09:11 PM

        I just got back from having a quick bite to eat and drink (wine of course) at I Trulli...now, that's not the recommendation I was planning on giving...but I met a guy there and talking...he suggested I check out Solero on E. 53rd. Street.

        Haven't been...but might be a good option for what you are looking for according to his description.

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          bickel May 19, 2006 11:39 AM

          It's "Solera," and it's not exactly a low-key wine bar. It has tapas but it has a fairly formal mid-town vibe. They do have a decent selection of sherry.

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          filis May 18, 2006 10:01 PM

          The Portuguese wine bar Tintol on 46th off of Broadway is surprisingly low-key, low-lit and friendly. I had a small plate of fried devilled eggs that was quite enjoyable. Also had a Portuguese sparking wine, not something that's available at many places! What a find right in Times Square.

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            Billy Bob May 18, 2006 10:26 PM

            You should check out Bar Carerra (wine & tapas bar)at 175 2nd avenue in the east village...that's around 10 or 12th street...friendly staff, great food ..tapas are $3.50 a plate, nice spanish wines etc...
            After you are done there you should go and check out Room 4 Dessert...that's a dessert and wine bar in Nolita, great atmosphere, affordable...definetly worth the stop.

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              djk May 19, 2006 12:03 AM

              aroma wine bar on east 4th between bowery and lafayette. it's lovely, delicious and very atmospheric - partic if you get to sit in the cellar room downstairs. excellent wine choices, lovely hosts and service. in fact - just got home from there......really great.

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                BB May 19, 2006 07:56 AM

                Divine Bar East, depending on the time, is low key. They have a large bar downstairs and a nice seating area upstairs.

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                  freddie May 19, 2006 09:04 AM

                  kashkaval is a cozy friendly space at the back of a wine and cheese shop. the staff is lovely, and they offer medditeranean dips (both the red pepper dip and the adjvar are great), fondue, cheeses/meats and okay wine.
                  it's on 9th ave btwn 55-56th

                  Link: http://www.kashkavalfoods.com/

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                    CDB May 23, 2006 04:41 PM

                    Seconded.

                    I wouldn't necessarily travel from downtown to go to Kashkaval, but if you are in the neighborhood, I definitely recommend it. very reasonably priced food.

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                    ghw May 19, 2006 09:15 AM

                    Degustation has really great food and low-key ambience. Small plates and wine bar. 5th street and 2nd avenue. A true find

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                      mrnyc May 19, 2006 04:33 PM

                      the new modern greek PAREA on e20th right next to GRAMERCY TAVERN will fill your bill perfectly. nice selection of greek wines and the small plates are stunningly good, esp at $7 per. its beautiful and has a great layout and atmosphere, you can sit in the front on couches, at the bar or communal tables.

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