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Need recommendations for pre-dinner drinks, LES

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Hi everyone, I am entertaining a group of Italians on Friday night, and would like to take them for a drink before dinner. Some of them do not eat burgers, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican or Indian... so I am taking them to Apizz! Our reservation is at 9 PM-- anyone know where we can meet up around 8 for a glass of wine that won't be too crazy on a Fri. night near Eldridge/Stanton/Rivington? Thank you, all recommendations are much appreciated.

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  1. There is a place across from Hotel on Rivington, starts with a V, Verlain? Virage? something like that - it's a good bar. Everything is crazy there though. If an LES place is not packet on a Friday night, it's a good sign to stay away.

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      1. re: LeahBaila

        Verlaine. As in Paul or Tom. Good choice.

    1. Thank you for the recs!

      1. I'd take them to In Vino for great wine. There is a recently opened spot called Noble Food & Wine that has an excellent wine selection. It's on Spring between Elizabeth and Bowery. There's also Frankie's Sputino on Clinton. Is SavorNY still open?

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        1. re: sharonm

          I will look into these, too. Thanks!

          1. re: sharonm

            I second In Vino, but would also look at Tapeo 29 on Clinton, pretty good Spanish wine and decent tapas.