New Tapas in SoNo?
I'm not sure if it's because I've been in hibernation all winter, but I noticed a tapas place on the main drag in SoNo when I was walking around on Saturday. I don't recall the name (helpful, I know) - has anyone been there yet?
Yes, that's Rouge Wine Bar. They do have tapas/mezes/small plates on the menu...
So my wife and I decided to duck into Rouge last night after walking into Chocopologie for dinner, to a group of screaming teenage girls - then promptly walking out. (When did turning 30 make me an old man?)
Anyway, I've had my reservations about going to Rouge as the name itself is quite corny and from the outside, it looks like management picked "Trendy Bar" out of a restaurant supply catalog. BUT, the menu actually looked REALLY good and hey, it's another new restaurant in SoNo and I'm gonna have to try it at some point.
So the inside of Rouge is very nice. Nice bar, decorated well, dimly lit, I loved the ceilings and the back area almost reminds me of a Hookah bar. (I'm not a very descriptive person)
Rouge can pretty much be whatever you want it to be. Lounge, Bar, Tapas/Mezes Bar or full on restaurant. I was surprised to see they not only had a full menu, but some very interesting items. They have a full list of small plates and entrees as well as cheese and charcuterie plates. We just stuck to the Mediterranean tasting plate for an app and I had the duck entree and my wife had the lamb chops. Both meals were very good, however the spinach/veggie sides were completely doused in butter and we couldn't eat them. I'm talking submerged in butter here. When the waitress asked how it was I said it was great, but couldn't help but let her know about the vegetables. She seemed to take it constructively.
My dessert was very good as I had the coffee sponge cake in a martini glass. Highly recommended.
All in all I was impressed with Rouge and would definitely go back, if only for some drinks and small plates. There was one small snafu though. After my usual Prosecco to start, I ordered a a glass of Pinot Noir. As you could imagine, I was surprised when a glass of white wine showed up...but honestly, for some reason, at that point I was in the mood for white and let the Noir/Grigio mixup slide.