New York City-Lower East Manhattan
May 11, 2018
Owned by the chaps at Hearth, Marco Canora and Paul Grieco, this charming, cozy wine bar has an eclectic international list that will bring out your inner oenophile. These wines have been selected with care and passion, and the knowledgeable, friendly bar staff are always happy to answer questions about what’s on offer and offer guidance to the clueless but curious. Pick a bottle and pair it with some excellent Italian bar nibbles (Canora served time at Craftbar so you know these will be good, and if you find the extensive menu a little daunting, the waiters can be trusted to steer you right just make sure to leave room for the delicious desserts). The place seats just 24 so does tend to get very full and like the rest of this growing chain, they don’t take reservations, but the busyness is simply a testament to the winning formula these guys have on their hands as proven by the fact that there are now Terroirs at Tribeca, Murray Hill, Park Slope and on the High Line (though note the latter isn’t open all year round). There are plenty of unusual wines available to sample by the glass or try a nice quality sherry if you’re in the mood for something different. It’s intimate without being intimidating, so perfect for a casual date or catch up with friends (larger groups might struggle to find space unless you go when it’s quiet). The happy hour (or rather hours, since they run from 5-7) are popular and with food on offer till 1am most nights you have every excuse to linger and soak up the chilled out vibe of this lovely little neighbourhood gem.