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wine bar for afternoon snack?

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david sprague Mar 2, 2008 11:22 AM

i have a handful of go-to wine bars, but none open until 6-ish. wondering if anyone had a recommendation for a place to go in mid-to-late afternoon for a nice glass and a small plate menu? prefer downtown -- as in LES, E or W Vill, Gramercy or Chelsea. Thanks in advance!

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    idia Mar 2, 2008 12:08 PM

    In midtown directly on Times Square is the neat Blue Fin which is fabulous for people watching while you scarf down some quality cheese plates and wine, etc.

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      david sprague Mar 2, 2008 12:59 PM

      thanks, that's a great idea!

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      roze Mar 2, 2008 03:45 PM

      The House on Gramercy, Otto, casa Mono are my favs

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        thegreekone Mar 2, 2008 05:40 PM

        I would take advantage of the time and duck into Tia Pol or The Spotted Pig and avoid the crowds.

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          stay off my farm Mar 2, 2008 07:47 PM

          Gottino on Greenwich Ave near Perry opens at 4pm, if that is early enough for you.

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            PhishFoodie Mar 3, 2008 08:38 AM

            inoteca's open, far as i know, on the LES

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              fhonmymind Mar 3, 2008 08:47 AM

              'ino on bedford st.

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                girllovesfood Mar 3, 2008 09:12 AM

                Casa Mono? 52 Irivng place

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                  butter and whiskey Mar 3, 2008 04:15 PM

                  Grace on Franklin (TriBeCa) opens at 11am & closes at 4am... Not a wine bar per se but, nice glasses avail & a fairly clever menu. Great cocktails.

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                    mrnyc Mar 4, 2008 09:03 AM

                    great thread david. i'm an earlybird, i wish the wine bars were open earlier.

                    all i got is: OTTO, 'INO, INOTECA & CASA MONO. they are open all day and are all great. i wish there were more.

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                      david sprague Mar 4, 2008 01:11 PM

                      well, am not usually an early bird, but my visiting friend had a dinner date lined up already. we ended up at otto -- one of the only earlier suggestions that filled the bill in terms of opening (most of the others open at five or later). she, being a vegetarian, was thrilled w/otto's selection of vegetable antipasti and we shared a pizza. am very familiar with the latter, and was pleasantly surprised at the variety of flavors/textures afforded by the veggies. thanks to all for the suggestions!

                    2. thievery Mar 4, 2008 10:54 AM

                      both tarallucci e vino locations (union square and east village) are open starting at breakfast hours.

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