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Jun 3, 2007 08:36 PM

Wine Bar - E. Vil or LES

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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    1. re: elizabeththinks

      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)

      1. re: winebitch

        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

        1. re: winebitch

          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. 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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        1. re: lilnugget

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

          1. re: lilnugget

            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..

            1. 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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              1. re: emma9183

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

                1. re: emma9183

                  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.

                  1. re: synergy

                    Thanks, everyone for the wealth of responses!

                    1. re: synergy

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

                  2. 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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                    1. re: Sautrelle5

                      That was actually mentioned early on :)

                      1. re: elizabeththinks

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