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Oct 29, 2007 06:12 AM

Best Wine Bar

My fiance and are very into wine bars with good food--small plates or appetizers. I'd love to hear your favorite places.

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  1. Grape & Grain in the East Village is really laid back and cute. I also love In Vino for that cozy rustic kind of wine bar.

    1. Sit at the bar at OTTO around 3PM on a Sunday and order up some cheese and salumi and try a couple of quartinos. Sit at Las Ramblas in the W. Village with a few tapas and their great, esoteric Spanish wine list. Order Txacoli and watch them pour it accurately, from high above, splashing into the glass below.

      Blue Ribbon Bar across the street from the Bakery in the W. Village, great variety of interesting wines alongside the more well known.

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      1. re: chow_gal

        I would also highly recommend Otto. The wine list is outstanding (and surprisingly affordable) and the cheese selection, while small, comes with superb accompanimenti.

        A friend and I also thoroughly enjoyed an evening at Centro Vinoteca and we thought the wine selection was good and gently priced. We did not order food there, so I can't speak to that.

        1. re: LNG212

          I've been to Otto and I like the food and wine but it's not a romantic place. It's always so crowded and it's not very intimate.

          1. re: jackieparis

            to be fair you didn't list romantic as one of your requirements :)

      2. Use to really like Morrell's because the incredible selection by the glass but overall quality of the place (not the wine selection) has really gone down. If you can get a seat at the bar it's still enjoyable until it gets crowded.

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        1. re: Spiritchaser

          Hi Everyone, I forgot to mention that I'd like a cozy place and a like candle lit wine bars. Thanks a lot for any suggestions that you may have!

          1. re: jackieparis

            You might also want to look into Casa Mono and/or Bar Jamon - cozy and dark - haven't been at night so I can't speak to the candles. Also, Casa Mono has a fantastic Spanish wine list, but I don't recall the offerings by the glass, so you might want to call and ask. Delicious small plates.

            1. re: MMRuth

              i second bar jamon. very small with tons of atmosphere. if you are looking for something intimate however, do not go here, but if you are willing to chat it up with all the people that are packed in with you, its fun times. the waiters/bar tenders are great resources especially if you are new to spanish wine.

              1. re: artfuldestruct

                I second Casa Mono-- great food and great ambience.

            2. re: jackieparis

              candle lit? that would be VON on bleecker at bowery.

              1. re: jackieparis

                VinoVino in Tribeca on W. Broadway. Quiet, comfortable and romantic. Never too crowded. Its set up with couches w small tables and candles all around....
                Or Terroir is nice too, but sometimes hard to find a seat.

            3. Bin 71 on 71st and Columbus is really nice if you're on the UWS. If you're on the UES...try Pudding Stones on 3rd between 82nd and 83rd (I think...). Both have nice wines and good food, including small plates and entrees.

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              1. re: Jill

                bin 71 is tiny and can get really crowded but they are good. bin no. 220 at south street seaport is fun.

                1. re: TBird

                  What is the name of the wine bar in The LES that specializes in French Wine? Sorry not trying to highjack this thread.

                  1. re: Sweatshirt Guy

                    Are you talking about Jadis? Its a really cozy spot with decent sandwiches and other snacks.
                    I haven't drank at Casellula,so can't comment on the drinks menu. but i love the cheese platters and other dishes in this Hell's Kitchen cheese and wine bar.


                    1. re: xigua

                      Thank You!

                      Casellula is fun and the wine list is alright. Good cheese selection's though

                    2. re: TBird

                      Bin 220 has nice ambience (dark, candles). Seems overpriced. Apps left a lot to be desired last time I went. Do they still serve only Italian wines?

                          1. re: financialdistrictresident

                            just some cheese, so i can't chime in on the quality of their food.

                        1. re: financialdistrictresident

                          Bin 220 is the worst wine bar in Manhattan if not the world, primarily because of the attitude of the owner/server but also because of the mediocre food and drink offerings relative to the tourist-trap prices.

                      1. re: Jill

                        I should add Aroma on 5th I think and the Bowery. Really nice space...candle-lit and cozy with good small plates.

                      2. My vote for Grape and Grain....
                        8th Street Wine Cellar is really great too...The guys at In Vino are great and love to chat about the wines. Ara Wine Bar over in the meat packing district was a really nice treat one afternoon, but i imagine it gets crazy at night. Il Posto Accanto too.
               is agreat website to check out

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                          1. re: vegansusan

                            In SoHo I've been to the wine bar at Broome and, I think, Wooster, behind the wine store. It's exclusively NY State wine, but some of it is very good...I was impressed with the small food plate I had too. Sometimes it gets crowded, though.

                            That said, I haven't been to many wine bars, so I'm no authority.

                            1. re: comestible

                              Thanks so much everyone. I'm interested in wines by the glass, cozy candle lit atmosphere and good food is a plus. Small plates are fine but the food has to be good.

                              1. re: jackieparis

                                Riposo 46 on 9th ave. and 46th street is a fun, casual, cozy place to get some good vino and good food. Menu is limited, but small dishes are tasty and well executed. Its a an intimate space with a relaxed and approachable staff... brick walls, candles, only about four tables and the bar. I live in the neighborhood and find myself there often...

                                1. re: catewats

                                  Second Riposo, the flatbreads are delicious. Love Casellula, though the best part is the cheese and composed plates (salads with cheese, tartines) since the selection of wines by the glass is a little limited. A cute new place in the neighborhood is Xai Xai, a South African wine bar with a large selection of wines by the glass (all south african) and a menu of south african themed small plates. I can't really comment on the food as we just had a cheese plate, but it's really cute (though a little bit more room to breathe than Riposo), so I'd definitely check it out again.

                                      1. re: chow_gal

                                        Thanks! given its only 1 block away, I'll give it a try and report back.

                                        1. re: xigua

                                          xiqua, after you try XAI XAI i hope you check out XICALA on elizabeth too. ya just gotta!

                                    1. re: jsgjewels

                                      I went to check out Xai Xai the other night, and while it definitely has a pleasant ambience, an interesting wine list and some nice small plates, it suffers from a near-fatal flaw: scented candles. And not just a few of them. They're all over the place, and on every table (we blew ours out). As soon as you walk in the door you're overwhelmed by an odiferous wall of Glade vanilla candle stench. Needless to say, it's distracting (at best) from the wine and food. It's a shame really, because the place has a lot of potential. It's a pretty easy thing to remedy, so hopefully they'll switch over to unscented candles before they stink away all the customers.

                                      1. re: eboges

                                        That does sound like a bad move, but I was there last night and there were no scented candles in sight, so the coast is clear!

                              2. re: vegansusan

                                Though i haven't been in quite some time, I used to really enjoy going to Il Posto Accanto.