Needed to do some shopping at the Indian Grocery on 1st and 5th and thought I'd check out Terroir. I got one of the only seats at the bar (right by the door). The place is small and narrow with a bar and one long table. Terroir has a great vibe and energy (and some interesting t-shirts for sale). The crowd was pretty young-ish. One other person in my age group realm. As long as you can sit on a bar stool or stand, the ambience will work and the food is really good. My server/bartender was excellent. Now on to the food:
I had a glass of Malbec and decided to start with my server's suggestion of the white anchovy, hard boiled egg and onion panini. Delicious.
Next I had the calamari with smoked chickpeas, garlic, lemon, parsley and chili. The flavors were very subtle and I might have preferred them to be a bit more pronounced. The calamari was cooked perfectly. PS the calamari was NOT fried.
I decided to have cheese next. I again asked my server for his recs and he suggested the Bucheron or ? I opted for the cheese I had not tried before and apologies for not remembering the name. I think it was a gouda?
Finally I could not resist the beet risotto balls with gorgonzola. Who would have thought to combine these ingredients? Crispy and delicious.
They have a recession special with 6 little snacks for $24. Wines were reasonable - my Malbec was $6. Calamari salad was $8. Very good food at value prices.
I'll definitely go back when I'm in the neighborhood in the evening.
Only downside was my clothes smelled like food when I left (reminded me of the days when smoking in bars and restaurants was not a crime) and my creative menu/wine list book was missing "A Stimulus Package as Proposed by Terroir."
Terroir is located at 413 E. 12th Street near 1st Avenue (turn down the street at Hearth). www.wineisterroir.com
Glad you enjoyed Terroir; it is my favorite wine bar in the City, and I've been to a bunch of them. I especially enjoyed a lentils, fried egg, and cotecchino sausage dish I had there. The best part, however, was the wonderful staff. I ordered a glass of wine that half-way through drinking I admitted to the bartender that I did not care for it. He suggested another wine which he brought to me free of charge; the best part was his reply to me when I told him he could take the original wine: "We're all just trying to have fun, here, man," and he let me keep it for my girlfriend to enjoy. And we certainly did have a fun time at Terroir.