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Fun and Funky Wine List on UES?

Fat and Happy Food Slut Dec 5, 2007 10:30 AM

Hearth's, Trestle on Tenth's and Tia Pol's lists are a few of my favorites. Something along those lines would be great.

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    rossinyc Dec 6, 2007 09:00 AM

    Bottega Del Vino on 59th and 5th has an impressive wine list, although it is hardly funky, but all the Italian tourists are fun to watch.

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    1. re: rossinyc
      Fat and Happy Food Slut Dec 7, 2007 09:23 AM

      I gues I'm looking for the kind of places where I had my first bottles of Gruner Veltliner, Pinotage or straight Cabernet Franc, back when they were obscure or unpopular. In each case, I had to trust a sommelier past the first sip, and even past the second. The idea was that the wine's flavors would come through and the risk would be rewarded. I'd love to do a bit more of this exploration without starting the meal with a subway or cab ride, or, in Daniel and Bottega del Vino's case, a second mortgage.

      1. re: Fat and Happy Food Slut
        Vinous Dec 7, 2007 11:19 AM

        You're not going to find that sort of a creative wine list on the Upper East Side (unless maybe you come to my apartment), with the possible exception of Etats Unis and its wine bar. Uva is decent, and I'm sure you'll be able to find a good bottle of Nero or Aglianico or some other under-the-radar varietal, but Uva's list will not be anything like Hearth's.

    2. LeahBaila Dec 5, 2007 11:00 AM

      Have you been to Uva? I wouldn't call it funky...but they've got a solid wine list and the atmosphere is charming, lively and warm.
      77th and 2nd

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      1. re: LeahBaila
        Fat and Happy Food Slut Dec 5, 2007 01:31 PM

        Yes, thanks. Uva's list is indeed "solid" and the atmosphere is convivial, but I've never wanted to go buy a bottle of anything I've drunk there. I also like Café Sabarsky's all-Austrian super committed approach, but they close too early. I guess I'm looking for the kind of surprises and obscure discoveries that I find when someone like Paul Grieco or Juliette Pope is making the calls. Perhaps that's too much to ask up here.

        1. re: Fat and Happy Food Slut
          TipsyMcStagger Dec 5, 2007 04:28 PM

          The owners of Vespa have opened a new wine bar on 2nd and 83rd called Bar Vespa. Haven't been yet but it looks nice.

          Also, I think there's a new wine bar in the former Sabor location on 2nd and 89th.


          1. re: Fat and Happy Food Slut
            gutsofsteel Dec 5, 2007 05:23 PM

            There is absolutely nothing in that league on the UES.

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