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kam0424 Jul 2, 2007 06:46 AM

Does anyone have a recommendation on a good relaxed wine bar? Any neighborhood is good. So far I have tried Riposto in HK and it was good.

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    kenito799 Jul 28, 2007 08:34 PM

    I know this is the wrong board but if you really mean ANY neighborhood you should check out DB Wine Bar on Metropolitan Ave in Forest Hills. Here's a link:

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      kenito799 Jul 5, 2007 08:16 PM

      Las Ramblas on W 4 near 6th ave has a nice selection of well-priced Spanish wines and sherries. Tapas are quite good, too. The octopus was so good we got two orders.

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        katielp Jul 5, 2007 07:10 PM

        Jadis on Rivington and Forysth has a great selection of modestly priced French wines and excellent cheese and charcuterie plates (also salads and panini). There's a good amount of seating without compromising the intimate atmosphere.
        I also like V Bar, but it has been closed for the last few days.

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          DavidT Jul 5, 2007 12:01 PM

          Check out Dr. Vino at:


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            EVchickadee Jul 5, 2007 10:41 AM

            My new favorite is 10 degrees on st. marks between 1st and A. They have a pretty good selection of wines for around $9-10 a glass. The atmosphere is great.

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              jsgjewels Jul 5, 2007 11:41 AM

              Anyone heard anything about a new winebar on hudson that's so far been dubbed No Name?

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                kam0424 Jul 5, 2007 05:14 PM

                is that the one that opened in the old candy shoppe?

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              elizabeththinks Jul 5, 2007 09:51 AM

              Taralucci e Vino is very good. I also like Winebar, but that has been met with some hostility on this board...

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                cimui Jul 2, 2007 06:11 PM

                Bin 71 on the UWS is over-crowded, but cheery, and has a good selection of wines by the glass. It's also sort of over-priced. The same is true of its food: good, but overpriced for teeny portions.

                V-Bar in the village has a tendency towards over-crowding, as well, but the seating is much more plentiful. It's a nice, dark, wombish space with good wines (great super-Tuscans) that are often kept slightly too warm. It's probably my favorite wine bar for the atm, despite the temperature problem.

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                  cimui Jul 2, 2007 10:49 PM

                  One more: La Lanterna di Vittorio on MacDougal is a classy, romantic and charming place with great desserts and a garden out back. It might more properly be called a cafe than a bar, though.

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                    kayonyc Jul 5, 2007 11:22 AM

                    I did not love Bin 71 - where you have to fight to wrangle one of oh, maybe 20 seats available. It was tiny, over crowded and definitely not relaxing. The food was also mediocre and overpriced at best.

                    I'd suggest Centovini or Supper - the bar right next door to the restaurant. Also, how about grape and grain on 5th?

                    Haven't heard the latest but Hearth was supposed to open a wine bar. The announcement came prematurely a few weeks ago. Perhaps it's open by now?

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                      kam0424 Jul 5, 2007 05:14 PM

                      i love hearth, hope they open a wine bar!

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                    bluestone Jul 2, 2007 04:17 PM

                    Louis in the East Village. Live jazz, never too crowded, lots of good wines to try by the glass. Unpretentious.

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                      KNC Jul 2, 2007 06:21 PM

                      do they serve food?

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                        mengathon Jul 3, 2007 04:40 PM

                        From what I remember a few years ago, Louis did have a small selection of food. Very cute place.

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                          bluestone Jul 5, 2007 09:11 AM

                          Hmm. It seems like they have changed quite a bit since I've been there. They don't actually seem to be a wine bar anymore, and have a new emphasis on live music every single night.


                          Still seems like a good place, but probably not what you were looking for...

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                            mengathon Jul 6, 2007 07:11 PM

                            thanks for the update

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                      mengathon Jul 2, 2007 03:24 PM

                      There's been a couple of threads about Blue Ribbon Wine Bar on Downing and Bedford. So far, it seems like a good bet.

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                        jsgjewels Jul 2, 2007 11:42 AM

                        Barcibo Enoteca on 69th and Broadway, love the atmosphere. Casellula on 52nd just west of 9th if you want a great cheese pairing.

                        1. LNG212 Jul 2, 2007 10:39 AM

                          If you want to try NY wines, go to Vintage New York. There are something like 300 available for tasting, plus flights. The UWS location always has very knowledgeable staff and the place is a lot of fun. (I haven't been to the one in SoHo in a long time as we frequent the one on UWS. But the SoHo location has a better/larger selection of foods.)

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                            pslopeyumyum Jul 2, 2007 10:22 AM

                            Von - on Bleecker St between Lafayette & Bowery

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                              stella79cadente Jul 2, 2007 09:05 AM

                              Try Winebar on 2nd avenue (3rd st)- great European selection and a cool atmosphere with a nice outdoor cafe...

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                                KNC Jul 2, 2007 07:27 AM

                                Personally I like D.O.C. wine bar in Williamsburg. The staff is knowledgeable, the selection is big, and the little dishes are a nice addition.

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                                  pacz Jul 2, 2007 06:50 AM

                                  Centovini on W. Houston.

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