Between 200 wines by the bottle and 30 by the glass, we're happy to report there still wasn't ever one ounce of intimidation.When you call your place Winebar, you know you've got to bring the goods, and this beloved East Village spot has been doing just that for the better part of a decade. The first of its kind in the neighborhood, Winebar serves over 200 wines by the bottle and more than 30 by the glass, featuring producers and varietals from all over the globe. After pulling up a chair, we flipped through the maps in the menu and making our choice from Italy, Spain, France, and beyond; everything here is priced to encourage adventure. But not recklessly. The staff is extremely helpful here in making decisions. In fact, we're prett sure Winebar was set up to remove all of the unnecessary intimidation standing between would-be oenophiles and the world of amazing grapes that awaits them. No matter what we were drinking, Winebar made sure we were doing it with the proper equipment: every pour is served in gorgeous Riedel stemware (trust us, it makes a world of difference). It's as pretty as it is effective, and it looked great along all the tapas we ended up ordering later. We started with the flatbreads, the Albondigas and a glass of something Spanish, but we won't let it end there. Winebar is just too good.
Crotini with Assorted Purees, $8
Patatas Bravas, $9
Lamb en Croute, $12
Flat Bread Porcini, $18
Sunday - Thursday, 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Friday & Saturday, 3 p.m. to 3 a.m.