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The Tangled Vine Bar & Kitchen
Posted by DanKleiner on 03/20/2012
Last tuesday night, I had the pleasure of spending a night out at The Tangled Vine. The food was solid (the veal meatballs are absolutely to die for, but I wouldn't recommend the squid), but what intrigued me the most was the music. The Jeff Franzel trio, led by star pianist (apparently toured with Frank Sinatra Sammy Davis jr), provided a scintillating atmosphere that had the entire room tapping their feet and bobbing their heads up and down. The atmosphere and the food are good, but tonight, and every tuesday that Mr. Franzel and his band are there, I'm going back for the music. Its about time that the upper west side gets treated to some real Jazz...
Posted by UWS FOOD on 12/22/2011
Very comfortable space. Music too loud. The staff is super helpful and knowledgeable. The food is fantastic but over priced.
Posted by UpperWest Foodie on 11/15/2010
The first thing you need to know about this place is: do NOT bring a date here! I did and it was disastrous. I was so embarrassed. What others have said is true: Tangled Vine is a cacophony of clanging dishes, scraping chairs, loud cackling and even louder music, and bad music at that. I probably dine out twice a week, not unusual for a new yorker, so I can handle the louder than usual dining experience. But I cannot sit with a date and pretend to hear what she's saying for three hours what I really can't hear a word she is saying. I will say the food is good. By good, I mean it's decent, nothing to write home about, you won't shout for joy, but it's decent. I do think the wine list is expensive, and the service is slow slow slow. That being said, maybe it's a more pleasurable place to eat on a week night?
Posted by UWsider on 07/24/2010
Opened since March 2008, we had walked past it about a dozen times and it was always brimming with people. We knew they were doing something right. Tonight we went in. Great, small and intimate space with a L shaped bar of about 9-10 seats. There are a few tables as well. Adorable layout and flooded with light. Perfect. We always sit at the bar (better service, meeting people constantly, and they let you "try" the wines). I admit, their wine selection is a bit daunting. They hand you what feels like a book. The wines by the glass are somewhat limited though the bottle selection is endless. We had the French Sauv Blanc called "Attitude" ($11 per glass-but they pour a nice size glass) and it was divine. Speaking of attitude, don't let the facade and inner space decor fool you. This place has down to earth staff. Really approachable. Daniel, at the bar, let me taste a good 4 wines before I settled on one. They also have a cuvenee (very cool and wish they would catch on in NYC). We also had the oysters. Great. From 5-7pm daily you can get half off on select wines and food (as we did oysters). A steal. All in all, I would recommend this place highly, especially if you are a wine adventurer. I was new to the 'organic' wine world. I plan on revisiting it. A nice addition to the neighborhood.
Posted by JoeC on 07/16/2010
Very greasy & salty food. Very loud music. Servers not that knowledgeable. Will not go back.
Posted by Naomi on 05/05/2010
Heard about this place and had to check it out. Not many places in the neighborhood where you can say the food is amazing. Had the cauliflower crostini, pork montaditos, fideos, pea shoots, and clam pizza - all so well executed and an amazing value for the the portion size and quality. The wines were interesting and the staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Definitely a place I will revisit over and over again!
Posted by Jon on 03/28/2010
First time for us at this neighborhood tapas restaurant. It has an extensive wine list by the glass, and the food is excellent (Oysters, Veal Meatballs, Scallops). However, the meals was marred by uneven service. Near the end of the meal my plate was taken while my wife was still eating. Two hot courses were delivered simultaneously - meaning one went cold while we ate the other. As soon as we completed a course it was taken away (no lingering allowed). We were in and out in an hour. If we were to go again, we would not order everything at once, but pace our ordering to ensure there was time to enjoy the food, and to prevent food from "piling up" on the table.