ABV, East Harlem’s Latest Gem

ABV is a bright spot on the expanding uptown scene—it's a wine bar from the owners of Earl's, a hound hangout for good cheese happily matched with good beer.

In a recent Chowhound discussion, JungMann praises ABV's fusiony, delicious fish tacos (pictured), a generous portion of fried fish with guacamole and funky kimchi slaw tucked into corn tortillas, rivaling "those slung at the venerable taquerias farther up Lexington Avenue." Another highlight: an agreeably charred flatbread pizza topped with chopped beef tartare, anchovies, and briny black olives. And if the scallop crudo or egg-draped pork belly pocket burger return to the menu, get them, JungMann says. The brunch menu offers more traditional fare, such as well-executed eggs Benedict, crisp hash browns, and a rich, satisfying Monte Cristo sandwich.

Though it's been open since January, ABV has gotten little attention—"good news for me as a local," JungMann says, "but bad news for the hounds missing out on what is turning out to be one of the better mid-priced options on the Upper East Side."

ABV [East Harlem]
1504 Lexington Avenue (at E. 97th Street), Manhattan
212-722-8959

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Photo of fish tacos from ABV / Facebook

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