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Wine Bar/Casual non trendy in NY

First Time Chowhound. First Time in NY.
I am looking to enjoy a great atmosphere with some NY culture that is comfortable and non trendy. Does anything like this exist?? and yes this whole blogging thing is new too. (and no I am not 80!)

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  1. I would go to Divine Bar in Midtown East...it's on either 51st or 52nd between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Great wine list, AMAZING sangria and lovely small plates.

    1. I liked WineBar (yes, that's the name) in the East Village. It's small, cozy and if it's a nice day, you can sit outside and people-watch.

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      1. re: Melanie

        Inoteca and Centovini.

        No to Divine Bar. The New York culture consist mostly of mid-town worker drones.

        1. re: KTinNYC

          Disagree...Inoteca and Centovini are overpriced and overly trendy.

          1. re: LFeinberg

            Centovini is overly trendy? How so?

        2. re: Melanie

          I found WineBar to be very expensive and the cheaper (if $12 a glass is cheap) wine that I did order was really bad. The Tasting Room has opened a new wine bar in their former location not too far away from WineBar (1st St and 1st Ave). I haven't been yet but I do love their full restaurant on Elizabeth St.

          http://thetastingroomnyc.com/

          1. re: shane

            Veloce on 2nd ave and aboout 7th street

            1. re: princeofpork

              Bar Veloce is on 2nd btwn 10th and 11th.

              1. re: KTinNYC

                i second bar veloce. 2 locations - one on 2nd & 11th and one on the west side around 7th ave & 20th(?).
                i also like inoteca, although i think the 'scene-y'-ness is mostly over...or have i just not been there in a while?
                big fan of 'ino, on bedford, i think, close to houston.
                and vintage wine in soho as well, which serves only locally grown wines but has some really nice plates. it's nicely decorated but not too trendy.
                i definitely like von too, although they're more of a east-villagey bar and if you go during peak hours it can be hard to find a seat.
                good luck...

                1. re: emilia

                  The only days you will be guarenteed a table or a seat at the bar at Von is Sundays and Mondays every other day the bar can bet extremely crowded.

        3. Von is a relaxed wine bar, in the east village. Non-pretentious. And they'll let you order delivery from neighboring restaurants. That's a real NY experience.

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          1. re: mms

            turks and frogs(west village)
            bin 71(upper west side) very small

          2. i like anotherroom and the room. relaxed wine & beer bars.. small

            1. Since this is your first time in NY, you'll probably be hitting up Rockefeller Center. Morrell Wine Bar, at 1 Rockefeller Plaza might be exactly what you're looking for. They've got a great selection and it's not at all trendy.