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Bin 36--a brief review

Gypsy Boy | Feb 16, 200507:28 AM

On the advice of some posters to my query, I tried Bin 36 last night. Bottom line: though the entire staff was friendly and helpful, I'm not sure I'm returning. The place has a bit of a cavernous feel and, unless you have a booth, the seating (at least for wine tasting, as opposed to dining) is at small four tops with metal chairs--without padding. We got a booth, right next to a cash register that spent a lot of time printing something.

The wine choices appear to be reasonable--I didn't spend a lot of time reviewing them because of the nature of the meeting (business) and the fact that my companion wasn't a "wine person." That said, I had a flight of Italian reds and a flight of Italian cheeses to accompany it. The presentation was good, complete with a small memo describing each wine briefly and paper and pencil to take notes. So, too, the cheeses, which were accompanied by a very small orange, apple, and olive salad (mediocre) and crostata. The bread was replenished as often as asked, but never a very generous portion.

It would also have inspired a bit more comfort/confidence if the server were more familiar with the wines and/or cheeses than she seemed. The very large menu has nice descriptions, as does the accompanying memo I mentioned. No real reason, then, for her to describe things verbally yet again. Especially when she had little to add and, at one point--somewhat embarrassingly--seemed to forget the standard line (improvisation was not her strong suit).

Prices were reasonable (about $12 for my four wines and in that vicinity for the four cheeses) and service generally commendable. I guess I may be partly responsible for my disaffection; I tend to think of wine bars in a different (more Cru-like) setting. That location was out for a couple of reasons and I ought not, in retrospect, have expected Bin 36 to be the same kind of place.

Still: a pleasant time was had and thanks to the posters who helped me choose.

Gypsy Boy

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