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Vintage New York Wine Bar (longish review)


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Vintage New York Wine Bar (longish review)

Jake | Sep 6, 2005 11:19 AM

Had dinner for two last night, mixed feelings about it.

The good: Awesome, unbelievable wine selection from the four main growing regions in NY. They have wines that I have only ever seen at the wineries themselves, so looking through the list (ask for the big list) was very fun. We had the Raphael first reserve Merlot (my all time favorite NY wine), the Marcari Sauvingon Blanc (not as good as Raphael's, but nice and grassy, refreshing), the Bubbly tasting flight and the Cabernet Sauvignon tasting flight (I strongly suggest the Paumonok Cabernet Sauvignon), and a couple other glasses that I can't remember now.

The not so good: Prepared food. The potato and onion frittata litterally tasted like nothing. I didn't know a well cooked (vis. good consistency) frittata could be so bland and utterly devoid of flavor. The duck meatballs were fine; sort of what you'd expect if you bought frozen meatballs and microwaved them. The sauce that comes with them however was very nicely flavored. The "Tom Cat Ciabatta of Old Chatham Camembert, Hampton Mango Chutney and Roasted Red Pepper" is just a panini, and a good one at that.

The cheese plate was good, but very small at $12. However, last night it included a Swiss cheese that was the very best I've ever had. It alone (almost) made the platter worth it's price.

Dessert: Chocolate Souffle - surprisingly large and light. The mocha icecream on the bottom was great, but there just wasn't enough of it! Fromage Blanc and Beehive Basswood Honey - excellent cheese and excellent honey. If the owners ever read this, I hope they'll try putting more of that honey on it. The cheese overpowered the thin drizzle of honey for the most part.

All of the above cost under $100 w/o tip.

Service was attentive (however, we shared the entire place with one other couple). It seems they have some kinks to work out, but overall they did the job just fine.

I would not return there again and attempt to have dinner. In fact, I'd actually suggest against it. However, I would absolutely come back for a glass of wine and maybe that panini (hard to beat at just $7).


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