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Wine Bar - E. Vil or LES

ChowLad Jun 3, 2007 08:36 PM

Could you recommend a good wine bar for a date later this week? I do like inoteca but was thinking something a little more cosy.

How's In Vino?


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    elizabeththinks Jun 4, 2007 06:06 AM

    Winebar on 2nd & 4th.....

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      winebitch Jun 4, 2007 06:56 AM

      winebar is overrated, overpriced, and selection is mediocre. try:

      bar veloce (always a great standby for dates and such)
      grape and grain (great ambience, great music, nice people)
      jadis (great space, small but nicely selected wine list)
      the tasting room
      tarallucci e vino (there's one on 18th and one over on 1st ave, both are really mellow cute spaces, with nice food and nice selection of italian wines)

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        elizabeththinks Jun 4, 2007 07:56 AM

        i think that's a little harsh on winebar, it's just my opinion though.

        also, bar carrera (next to bar veloce - same people) is excellent with a spanish spin rather than italian

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          kicks82 Jun 4, 2007 11:36 AM

          Grape and Grain is my favorite place in the neighborhood. I was just on a date (or 3) and they have a bench in the back corner with a coffee table and it's a nice quiet place to chat.

      2. lilnugget Jun 4, 2007 07:41 AM

        these might not be as far east as you'd like, but they are good standbys:
        N on crosby b/t broome and grand
        Xicala on elizabeth and kenmare
        Von on bleecker and elizabeth

        i also second Jadis on rivington and forsyth. nice space and very affordable..

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          KTinNYC Jun 4, 2007 08:36 AM

          Von can get a little crowded and there aren't too many tables so you risk standing on your date.

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            lilnugget Jun 4, 2007 12:35 PM

            another nice spot is the Peasant winebar (down the flight of stairs to the right of the restaurant) on elizabeth b/t prince and spring. beware though, friday nights used to be hipstered out, i don't know if they still are..

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            Lucia Jun 4, 2007 09:13 AM

            Bar Veloce

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              emma9183 Jun 4, 2007 09:19 AM

              I personally think In Vino is the snottiest wine bar around! They are so haughty about their wines and they do not make you feel at home. I like WineBar much better, as well as Cacio y Vino across the street. I also have to second the Jadis recommendation. Love that place.

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                Peter Cherches Jun 4, 2007 10:17 AM

                I wasn't very happy with the food at either In Vino or Cacio y Vino, but the staff at Cacio are very nice.

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                  synergy Jun 4, 2007 11:21 AM

                  I'm so surprised and sorry to hear of the attitude you experienced at In Vino. We've been there a good handful of times, just the bar and munchies at the bar, and have had the completely opposite experience. We've found the waitstaff to be open, friendly, giving good advice, tastes of wines and even helpful with restaurants in the neighborhood. We've only had crustini's at the bar, each time different toppings, all very good...but I can't comment on there other food. I highly recommend it.

                  I also recommend Perbacco right across the street from In Vino. Another lovely place, wonderful, friendly, helpful staff and a good wine list. Food is terrific too.

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                    ChowLad Jun 4, 2007 04:25 PM

                    Thanks, everyone for the wealth of responses!

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                      synergy Jun 5, 2007 11:15 AM

                      I just re-read my own post above. Sorry for all the spelling mistakes and terrible grammer. :-)

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                    Sautrelle5 Jun 5, 2007 11:32 AM

                    You guys are all missing a really quaint and cozy place called Jadis on Rivington. It is an all French wine list but just an awesome Atmosphere with leather couches in the back. You will not be disappointed

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                      elizabeththinks Jun 5, 2007 11:34 AM

                      That was actually mentioned early on :)

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                        lalagirl Jun 5, 2007 02:46 PM

                        I second Jadis! Great, cozy little spot--and never too, too crowded, so you'll be able to hear each other.

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                      vegansusan Jun 5, 2007 01:28 PM

                      I second Grape and Grain...It's my fave place on the hood. Great wines, great food, great atmosphere. No loud house music!!!!!
                      it's a great place to go with a large grou (had my birthday there) or with one or two folks for a nice night out. The owners/staff are by far some of the nicest people.

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                        emma9183 Jun 7, 2007 02:09 PM

                        I forgot the Bourgeois Pig! Its on 6th St I think between 1st Ave and Ave A. Tiny tiny but very comfy couches and good cheeses. The owner is very nice as well.

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                          elizabeththinks Jun 7, 2007 02:11 PM

                          is there another one on MacDougal?

                      2. ronoc Jun 8, 2007 08:05 AM

                        I stumbled into Jadis a few weeks ago after dinner at Freemans. Great, great place. The sliced meat cheese and veggie platters looked awesome as well.

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