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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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  1. Centovini on W. Houston.

    1. 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.

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

        1. Von - on Bleecker St between Lafayette & Bowery

          1. 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.)

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

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

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

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                  1. re: bluestone

                    do they serve food?

                    1. re: KNC

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

                      1. re: mengathon

                        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.

                        http://www.louis649.com/live/

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

                        1. re: bluestone

                          Blue,
                          thanks for the update

                  2. 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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                    1. re: cimui

                      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.

                      1. re: cimui

                        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?

                        1. re: kayonyc

                          i love hearth, hope they open a wine bar!

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

                        1. 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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                          1. re: EVchickadee

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

                            1. re: jsgjewels

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

                          2. Check out Dr. Vino at:

                            www.drvino.com/nycwinebars.php

                            1. 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.

                              1. 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.

                                1. 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:
                                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/304228