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Wine Bars NYC and Boston

Original post by mfriedensohn, Oct 28, 2008.

Having been seriously drinking wine for only 4 years -- I only started drinking wines once I could afford them -- and being back in graduate school, I found the best way for me to try and find new wines without buying a whole bottle (and consequently drinking by myself) is to hit up wine bars and try a flight, or a few...

It seems a lot of you Snoothiacs are located in NYC, so do you have any recommendations? I was so sad to see that Vintage in Soho closed! Anyone know why? Any other places you've tried?

Anyone recommend any in Boston?



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Reply by ChipDWood, Nov 13, 2008.

Regarding the Morrell Wine Bar:

I used to work for another department within Morrell, so I may be biased (in several directions)- but wanted to mention a couple things to keep in mind:

The Wine Bar chef Edwin Bellanco is dramatically underrated. He's dramatically intuitive when it comes to preparing food that shines in pairing combinations. Try the seafood crepes with any of Zind Humbrecht's wine. Change ya LIFE.

2) The location: STAY CLEAR when you think Rock Center will be busy: ie: lighting of the Christmas tree, beautiful Friday or Saturday nights in spring/autumn, etc. DO NOT HESITATE, however, to head over there during the week, particularly for lunches. They have a VERY nice street side cafe partitioned off that is directly facing Rock Center, the Tree, the Rink, & 30 Rock. The location and the atmosphere is really tough to beat, anywhere in the city.

3) Prices. Considering that the very AIR YOU BREATH costs twice what you expect for that location, the prices at Morrell (to anyone living outside of midtown itself) are a BIT high- but I think for the most part are appropriate for what is received.

Specially the uhh... Seafood crepes & Zind.

Underrated chef, GREAT selection of wines (probably top five in the city for its size at least), and a location that allows you to sip your Sancere as a light breeze blows through the trees of Rock Center a mere ten feet from your table...

K that's enough.

PS: The braised veal cheeks are the best this side of Michael Symon. K. Nuff.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Nov 13, 2008.

Hey Stella, Monday will be tough for me. I've got wine dinners already scheduled for Sat, Sun, Tues, Weds, and thursday of next week! Any interest in joining us for the Pinot Blind tasting panel on thursday with a possible dinner after?

Reply by dmcker, Aug 19, 2009.

Have heard extremely positive reviews this month from multiple friends and relatives about this place on Boylston, right across from Boston Commons:

Yquem and Krug by the glass? Sounds good to me...

Reply by Doctor Bob, Aug 19, 2009.

I came across a very nice wine bar in Hells Kitchen

Xai Xai Wine Bar
365 W 51st

Specialize in South African Wines.

Very Unique

Recommend it to all

Reply by fsesusan, Aug 23, 2009.

The places mentioned for wine in Boston are really restaurants with a strong wine program more than "wine bars," i would say. I suspect the one on Boylston St across from the Common is Troquet. There are many restaurants doing a good job with wine. As for actual wine bars, Les Zygomates in the Leather District may come closest to that genre.

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Aug 26, 2009.

Perhaps it's time to start a list of retailer not worth using?

Really poorly done spam that lacks any originality.

its too bad too since they are a store close to me.

I guess it's time to cross them off my list, I will not support people who abuse their membership with Snooth.

We will work on getting rid of these posts but for the time being they remain as a mark of shame.

Reply by dmcker, Aug 26, 2009.

I know you can delete threads of spam. Is it that difficult to delete individual posts within a thread?

They sure are annoying, and disrespectful--as well as being aesthetically just plain ugly...

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Aug 26, 2009.

I agree.

In a certain way though it's nice to leave it for awhile.

It's an ugly mark and reminder of who has abused the system.

Reply by marriowag, Jun 11, 2010.

There is Wine and Chocolate Bar in NY name is Ayza Wine and Chocolate Bar in Midtown Manahattan. I would recommend it,good for couple dates and aftework spot.

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