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Report: Bin 26 Enoteca


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Report: Bin 26 Enoteca

wittlejosh | Jul 26, 2007 06:27 AM

First time at Bin 26. We liked it a lot. No reservations so we sat at the bar. Very cramped quarters. Despite my diminutive handle, I'm kind of a big guy, and the servers kept bumping me as they navigated the thin sliver of aisle between the bar and the tables.

Ordered a bottle of 2004 Weingut Bründlmeyer Grüner Veltliner, somewhat of a markup at $60, but I really like this wine. (I think B&G sells it also, but I can't remember the price. Probably more expensive.) Granny Smith apples, citrus, pepper...just my style of white wine.

DC ordered the tomato soup ($9), which wasn't that great. More of a marinara sauce than a soup. He ended up dipping his (very good) bread into it instead. Weird.

He also ordered the Mozzarella Wrapped and Roasted in Crispy Speck Served with Grilled Marinated Vegetables ($12). This was a very tasty variant on the usual prosciutto/mozz combo.

I ordered the Whole Fresh Mediterranean Sea Bass, Grilled with Lemon Thyme and Asparagus ($28). They offer to fillet the fish at the kitchen, but I'm always so wowed by a whole-fish presentation that I just did it myself. Perfectly cooked, nice charring---I drizzled some of the excellent olive oil that came with our bread onto the skin. Very good. The asparagus, by contrast, was pencil-thin and just OK. (I prefer peeled fatties.)

Bartender ("wine server"???) was a little scattered and was overzealous about filling our glasses. (Also: On weekdays, I'm the Designated Drinker while DC only has one glass.)

I thought the prices were reasonable, the vibe was cool, and I'd be interested in exploring it more.

One last thought: The wine menu is creatively organized but pretty confusing for the uninitiated.

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