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8th Street Winecellar
Posted by Helen O on 12/18/2012
I was essentially obligated to attend a colleague's soirée here. Her fiancé lives in Bergen County, N.J., and rarely goes out anywhere in the city outside of Tribeca where she lives. He chose 8th St. because the location suited most people and he'd read positive reviews on Yelp. I will spare you my tasting notes on the wines selected by the staff, and say only that one red was quaffable, at best. I must, however, warn future victims of the food offerings. Since we were a large group, we ordered most items on the limited menu. Claim: Grilled Gulf shrimp and chorizo with golden potatoes, red peppers-garlic puree. Experience: the pre-cooked shrimp were floating in a pool of grease from some cheap spicy bulk pork sausage. The potatoes were grey, the peppers green and the puree putrid. Claim: Wild mushroom quesadilla with goat cheese, chipotle, tomato, cilantro, sour cream. Reality: Canned white button mushroom stems and pieces with some type of Tex-Mex cheese food spread, to create the appearance and flavor of goat cheese, chipotle, tomato, cilantro, sour cream. Claim: Grilled panini Italian "Super Hero" with cured meats, artichoke, provolone, chianti vinaigrette. Reality: Clearly a pre-made, frozen generic "Hot Pockets" type food product, most likely from Walmart. I wouldn't doubt, however, that the Chianti vinaigrette is made in house, and may just be straight from the wine bottle which already tastes like salad dressing. Claim: Pulled pork sandwich with pickled jalapeno mayo, cucumber-radish relish. Reality: There was mayo. Lots of mayo. So much mayo you'd have no idea there was pork buried in that soggy, stale bun. As for pickled jalapeno, there was no spice to speak of.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/30/2012
I went here with a friend last night for the first time and really loved it. They have great happy hour deals that include $18 bottles of wine. The atmosphere is very cozy, and the wine selection is wonderful. We had a couple of appetizers, and my only complaint was that the oysters we ordered were not very cold and tasted a little fishy. Otherwise, we loved it and will definitely come back soon.
Posted by this guy on 09/24/2009
Visited 8th street last night after having not been for a year and was glad to see they still live up to what I remembered. It's a fun, chill, good value wine bar, perfect for a couple drinks with friends, a date or a dinner. Plenty of good, affordable bottles (many bottles under $35 which is a bargain)though not much on the high end of the wine spectrum if that's your style. Great cheese, great meat, great mac n cheese. Service is fine but can be a little chaotic at time. All in all a great spot, def worth a visit of you're in the area.
Posted by Carolyn Bild on 07/05/2009
Tapas + merlot =Manna from Heaven. Top-heavy with journos, and that's how we like it. Rainbow hour Sangria is a real pleasure. Eddie Murphy bought us a round in June; he was a bit blotto, but a gentleman for certain. St.Émilions, and Pomerols debate was hysterical.
Posted by anonymous on 05/29/2009
Went here for the first time with a friend for drinks, ended up getting dinner too. The wine list is fairly extensive for such a small place (had a delicious Malbec) and although I had been served a glass or two before the food arrived, the food was great too. Split Tuna Sliders and an Eggplant Panino; finished it off with the cheese plate. They certainly get their money with the prices for wine by the glass (like all wine bars), but it was such an enjoyable experience I didn't mind.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/29/2008
This place has a pretty good wine list and the staff is always helpful with choosing the wine. The tapas type menu has some amazing stuff. The yellowfin sliders and meatballs are out of this world. It's a small place but a great spot to meet up for a few drinks and apps.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/06/2008
My girlfriend had her birthday party at 8th Street and it was amazing. Tables were saved for us, we had our own personal bar tender who was very nice and knowledgeable about different wines. I had one bite of the mac & cheese and it was delicious. The prices for bottles of wine were very reasonable. They also had a great selection of beers and whiskey. Overall, they did a fantastic job providing us with a great night. I would highly recommend for a small party or after work drinks.