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Posted by Lisa H on 07/29/2011
On a perfect summer night in NYC, we enjoyed the Duck Banh Mi, beet salad, wine and smores ! Great food, service and atmosphere! Enjoy!
Posted by WallFly on 08/05/2010
With the amount of press and local access exposure this place gets, you could be forgiven for expecting a snooty hangout for slumming yuppie types. I did, but still took the time to trudge on over. Once a restaurant's profile grows large enough, you can't call yourself a foodie if you don't go at least once, just so you can say you've been. Even the location is kind of cliche, over on tenth, just where things start to get a bit funky. What a revelation, though, when you actually do go. The vibe is trendy/chic, but not pretentious. The atmosphere is peaceful - could actually see myself reading, or using a laptop here. How many wine bars can you say that about? The wine list is eclectic and well put-together. Must admit I got a little greedy, and tried five by the glass selections, ranging from very good to oustanding. Even tried a Frappato for the first time, lovely light Sicilian red tasting of strawberries and pine needles. The menu is not large, but the snacks are carefully chosen, and artfully executed. The olives are perfect, plump, juicy, a nice little assortment, and cost next to nothing. The duck banh mi is daring and authentic enough to spread the bread with some pate to go with the breast and the five minute pickles. The beet salad? Never had beets done better. But the real revelation is the service. The owner is attractive and charming as she prowls the floor, engaging with patrons, exuding an air of genuine concern. The hipster bartender knows his wine, is patient with tipsy customers, and has just the right trace of a British accent to go with his scraggly beard. And the chef is sweet natured and personable, even with an adoring foody who's three sheets to the wind. If you like winebars, wine, or just need a nice place to hang, a place that toes the line between trendy and casual, you cannot go wrong. They just get everything exactly right. One of those rare places that does live up to the hype, at least within the price range of a normal person. Count me converted.
Posted by Yummy Duck Sandwich on 04/30/2010
Posted by F. Loren on 04/22/2010
A short 4-block walk from Terminal 5 and a good place to have a few glasses of wine before you rock & sweat. Our favorite bite was the burrata & ramp pesto on toast, garlicky & delicious. Pastrami & duck banh mi sandwiches are good, maybe a little pricey for the size--we liked both, the duck better (heat quotient). Did not get into the cheeses & will go back for those. Ice cream sandwich a clever idea; love home-made versions of desserts...chose dulce de leche filling...yum. Service was knowledgeable, helpful to us when choosing wines. A nice spot.
Posted by tmw on 11/23/2009
This place a great find. My friends and I were pleasantly surprised. Significantly cheaper than other wine bars in the area but with better atmosphere, better selection of wine and better service. I will definitely go back!
Posted by Anonymous on 11/20/2009
Highly recommend. Stopped by with a friend last evening and will definitely go back. Great wine selection and the food tasty -- pork belly bites delicious, but the cod cakes were slightly over salted! Atmosphere is industrial yet cozy, but perhaps they should consider dimming the lighting in the bar area. Staff well informed and accommodating with wine selection. Looking forward to a return visit and will absolutely encourage friends to check out.