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Posted by anon on 02/13/2008
I had to have a glass of wine at the bar while a table opened up. What a great start to an evening! The host told me it may be 35-40 minutes for a table for 2 and apologized to a group of 3 behind us that it would be more than an hour but 1 glass of wine at the bar and we were at our table... who cares. The entire staff was so friendly, the food is totally authentic, and the place is just really cool. Waiting is part of the experience since this place is so small and so lively. The bolognese and the chicken are worth the trip. I don't even like chicken but it is one of the sexiest dishes I have had in a while. Great wine list (as one would hope at a wine bar). Great service (and it has come a long way, it took them a month but the staff is fun, knowledgeable and polite). The only downside (besides needing double the space) is that I live in the west village and NONE of the wine bars rival this place as far as quality and value down here. Maybe one day... One other partial downer is that they only take rezzies for big groups but as the host told us the last time we were in "If I held that little table for 45 minutes with no one at it for a reservation, I'd be a dead man!" Fair enough!! We understand and will gladly have a glass of wine at the bar in the meantime.
Posted by waiting....forver on 01/24/2008
I was there twice, told both times the wait would be 15 minutes...45 minutes later, i had to walk out...After inquiring several times as to when my able would be ready...The waitress mumbled and walked away...I walked out...Once they get their stuff together, and i can get a seat before midnight, I will rate everything else...
Posted by jhova on 01/22/2008
In an area dominated by sports bars and frat bars, this italian wine bar newcomer is a incredible addition to the area. Nice rustic food [select]ion, great wine menu. One negative is not a abundance of great value wines in the 25-35 dollar range. I didn't find a bottle that I knew I would enjoy for under 55 dollars. All in all, I will go back, over and over again. Go, go, go.
Posted by UES rvwr on 01/14/2008
Really don't know what the hype is about this place. The food was blah - bland, boring menu, poorly executed. Would not go for the food - ambiance is ok.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/10/2008
We need more places like this in the area! They help with the wine [select]ion and let you enjoy... no annoying waiter/waitress hurrying you out the door. It can get a bit crowded, but a wonderful place to go with a friend/date or a group of people. You must check it out!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/04/2008
We were just passing by, and this restaurant/wine bar looked so inviting in such a chic-restaurant-challenged area that we stopped for an early dinner. Very nice job on this space, fair prices with a good wine list and delicious fresh (real type Italian) Italian food. We were glad we stopped early, as by the time we left the place was packed and they were turning people away. Long tapered candles make this hip, yet romantic place the perfect spot for a casual but special date. The only comment we would have is that the music choices are a little strange, and a little loud as this wine bar is really more of a restaurant and less of a "bar" of any kind. Cool lounge music would suit this place better - more towards Buddha Bar and less towards Babbo. Also, we wished they had something with truffle oil !!