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Where To Go Now that 'Inoteca is No More?

Just learned the news. Will be in NYC in the not too distant future and I am distraught over this news, I tell you! Loved my late nights there of rustic, interesting and substantial small plates coupled with a long, (Italian) well thought out, well-priced wine list including some great by-the-glass selections.

Looking for suggestions that will meet the needs my old friend did.

Small plates isn't necessary, though obviously welcome; high quality rustic north Mediterranean is necessary (eg. Greek, Croatian, Italian, Provencal, Basque, Spanish, Portugese, etc). Casual. Tia Pol also fits the casual and food requirements for my purposes, but not....

Also, great rustic (eg. non fruit bomb) wine list, with plenty of wines by the glass.

Open late.

Re-asserting casual -- also, that means not a "scene".


P.S. I'm reasonably flexible with specific location.

P.P.S. A little spendy is fine if necessary, though by no means a requirement! But hopefully food cost (before tax, tip and wine) would be $55ish or less pp.

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  1. Corsino (same people) is still open.

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    1. re: kathryn

      I don't think it's the same people any more.

      1. re: foodwhisperer

        Let me say up front that Louro is a far better, far more ambitious restaurant than 'Inoteca ever was.

        But the prices are an order of magnitude higher than 'Inoteca. Something to keep in mind.

        1. re: Bob Martinez

          Louro certainly fits all requirements of the OP. Casual, right type of food, small and large dishes, Casual :), and Food at $55 a person before tax and not inc wine and tip.
          Louro large dishes are in $20 range, small dishes are cheaper. They can do 2 small and 2 large , even 3 or 4 small and one large each. Definitely do the octopus bolognese. More expensive than Inoteca, yes. Better, Yes.
          A perfect choice

          1. re: foodwhisperer

            So 'Innotecca was serving food in the same price range as Louro?

            Where are the $11 paninis? I don't see them.

            And the mains at Innotecca averaged $16 bucks. Don't take my word for it. the menu is still around.

            Look. Louro is a much better restaurant than Inotecca but the prices are significantly higher.

            You may *like* Louro more. So do I. But lets not pretend the prices are the same.

            1. re: Bob Martinez

              Thanks for looking out for my wallet, but the prices at Louro are fine. :)

              I loved 'Inoteca whenever I was in town for a while because I could go late at night with a couple of friends, not dress up or worry about anything resembling pretension, have a great meal and some nice wine and have it all be *easy*.

              In fact, the only real problem I might have with Louro, looking over their website, is that it would be nice if it were open a bit later, especially on weekends -- we are talking about the possibility of 10:30 or 11:00 (or even a few minutes later) dinners.

          2. re: Bob Martinez

            There's plebny of love here for Louro, but I'll dissent and I don't think it's better than inoteca.

        2. Otto and Lupa for esoteric wine list served by quartino and house-cured salumi. Frankies 570 (but they don't cure their own salumi).

          Salumeria Rosi - meat is spectacular.

          1. El Quinto Pino or Bar Jamon for spanish. Note bar jamon is very small, going closest to when they open is best.

            1. Virgola. Basically oysters and salumi with a little cooked. All small plates. Small but decent wine list. Run by two young italian guys.

                1. re: mitchleeny

                  havent been to racines but isnt the menu filled with $30-40+ entrees? not entirely a wine bar menu.

                  terroir has an underrated food menu for small plates with an italian bent to it. and their wine list is my favorite in the city.

                  1. re: sam1

                    You know, after going to Bar Primi, it might not be a half-bad choice. Great pastas. 15 Italian wines btg.

                    Terroir - yes. I was gonna say the bar at Hearth, but only open until 10 or 11.

                    1. re: sam1

                      +1 for terrior, love the wine selection and one of the few wine bars with good food, generous portions for the price too

                      1. re: sam1

                        When I was at Racines they had a bar menu as well with items more in the $10-$15 range. I didn't eat, so have no idea what the portions were like.

                        1. re: Alan Henderson

                          My friend and I tried to go but they were packed, around 8 on a wed, and it was insanely loud.... I still want to go but will wait a while longer and arrive earlier..

                    2. Does it have to be an Italian-focused wine list? If not, I highly recommend Ten Bells on Broome. Although I see a few Italian bottles, all of the wines by the glass are French. Just went here last week for the first time and loved it. The txipirones en su tinta made me want to cry - in a good way. Felt like I was back in Spain.

                      1. Thanks for the replies so far! To answer VaPaula: no, it does not need to be an all Italian wine list.

                        Mitchleeny: definitely on the right track mentioning Hearth -- I like it a lot on nights where dinner is the primary event / able to be had at a "normal" time. Never been to Terroir, strangely enough. They have a great wine list including by the glass, but did not know about food... also, always got the impression it might be a little bit of a scene as opposed to a place to grab dinner and a nice glass of wine with a friend or several friends later in the evening.

                        Bar Primi looks very interesting, thanks!

                        thegforceny, I love Esca, so Lupa may be perfect!

                        Also, does anyone know of / have an opinion of: Alta or Txikito?


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                        1. re: whiner

                          alta was pretty good years ago when it opened but lately, comes across as dated. so many small plates and tapas-inspired food has surpassed alta. wine list is also mediocre.

                          txikito...i dunno. used to be great but im hard pressed to go again. i also dont love el quinto pino after their expansion. their menu hasnt changed in years and doesnt interest me much.

                          terroir is very relaxed. east village is small and can get cramped but they do a good job keeping people at bay. tribeca is larger and has an afterwork crowd from citi across the street but otherwise, pretty spacious. murray hill branch still has a murray hill crowd but its still very good.

                        2. I would have suggested Supper, which is at a similar price point to Inoteca, with dependably good food and similarly good wine and grappa lists, but since you actually seem to be considering restaurants in a different price point than Inoteca, nevermind. :-) (My point of view is that Inoteca, like Supper, was comfortingly dependable and good and a fair value, but nothing exceptional. Lupa is in a different category, in my opinion. I eventually concluded, though, that Hearth was overpriced.)