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Posted by Anonymous on 03/26/2006
This place is amazing. It is so comfortable while still being trendy and cool and intimate. The decor is perfect, with dark wood tables and bar, and gorgeous chandeliers on the ceiling. The staff is great, they pick out cheeses to compliment your wine (which is really reasonably priced), and pay enough attention to you that you always have what you need but never feel smothered. This is really the best place to go if you want to have a long drawn out dinner with a lot of little courses and split a bottle of wine. Get a cheese plate and split an appetizer and a pizza. The food is all really good!
Posted by Heather on 02/18/2006
What a gem this place is! The atmosphere is cozy and intimate without the tables being right on top of another. The food is delicious! Meatballs are a must try and the white bean dip is quite tasty, perfectly seasoned pita chips accompany the dip. The proscuitto and salami pizza was loaded with meat. Our server was extremely attentive and recommended a great red wine to us since they were out of the Ona. Good music played in the background to add to the evening. Can't wait to go back!
Posted by ds on 02/12/2006
Incredible service, amazing wine, delicious food, great atmosphere. perfect for a date or to sit alone or w/ a group. very low key, but totally classy. if you dont live in the neighborhood, it is worth the trip. i have mixed feelings about their potential success - i want them to do as well as possible, but i love the fact that it is not crowded like a sardine can. check them out before the entire hip planet catches on...
Posted by tim on 01/30/2006
Threw a surprise party for my girlfriend here, and I can't say enough good things about the place. Chose the location on recommendation from friends, and they made a great call. The proprietors treated me like an old friend, and gave very attentive & friendly service without being intrusive. The wine was excellent, and very reasonably priced for NYC standards. The atmosphere is perfect- exposed brick, nice wood bar & furniture, and just the right size. Didn't get a chance to try the food as me & my girlfriend arrived after dinner (part of the surprise plan), but my friends said it was excellent as well. All in all- a little out of the way, but absolutely worth the trip- probably the best experience I've had with any establishment in NYC. I'll be recommending Grape & Grain to all my friends and coworkers, and I'll be back for sure.
Posted by AlliDT on 01/25/2006
A friend recommended this place and I've since brought a client after a dinner in the area, my husband on another visit, friends from out of town on a third visit, and girls from the office on a 4th. They all continue to rave about it! It's very cozy without feeling cramped. The decor is fantastic. The service is incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and down-to-earth. They welcome a novice wine question and answer it without even a hint of being condescending. You can actually leave knowing more than you did when you walked in...if you want to. Or you can just eat yummy food and drink from a wonderful wine selection and chill. The worst thing about the place is that you want to tell everyone and nobody about it at the same time...keep the secret or be the one to get the credit for 'discovering it' among your friends?
Posted by Anonymous on 01/16/2006
Had dinner there recently, and it does not seem to have been discovered yet...very warm and inviting interior- - rustic wood, but with chandeliers, great service, wonderful cheese menu- and you can choose a 1, 3, or 5 cheese plate, and they pair it with the wine for you...small, but wonderful, selection of wine and beer. I had the olive and goat cheese pizza, amazing. Not sure why this place isn't packed yet, maybe b/c they dont' have a hard liquor license? Definitely worth checking out.
Posted by ben on 01/12/2006
I love this place. the former Drink-Me Cafe has really grown up by dimming the lights and creating a truly cozy space that makes you feel like you spent all day skiing on the Swiss Alps and now are wining and dining at a fine little venue nestled into the mountains. Seriously though, their bread is all sorts of crusty-delicious and their wine is fantastic. I recommend the Ona and the delicious chicken sandwich. i've heard mixed reviews on the pizza, but i have yet to try it. regardless, the atmosphere is enough to keep you there for hours and the wonderful staff (including the red haired vixen who manages it) are friendly, welcoming, and everything one could ask for when dining out.