I have to admit, part of me wants to keep this little jewel to myself, but I am so eager for it to succeed that I thought better of my selfishness. It's located at 626 Vanderbilt Avenue between Park and Prospect, and it's a cozy, warm, perfect place for a great bottle of wine or beer and some tapas-style bar food. I could easily envision a small group of friends gathering in the little room in the back, but my partner and I just sat at the bar, talking with the two extremely friendly bartenders and one of the owners.
At their recommendation, we tried a half bottle of a Ridge Cabernet, which we loved from the minute it was poured into our glasses to taste (I think it's terrific when both people are asked to taste the wine to see if they like it). We shared two dishes: a "meat plate" which consisted of serrano ham, dry salame, and chorizo; and goat cheese with honey and walnuts. Both were outstanding: the meats flavorful and quite different from one another in flavor and texture, and the goat cheese was sprinkled with coarse black pepper, then drizzled with honey and walnuts (okay, you can't exactly drizzle walnuts, but it's 7:45am and that's the best I can do). They gave us lightly toasted peasant bread for both.
Even though the weather these days is so conducive to staying home, we will definitely be back here soon to try another bottle of wine and some more of their food. I feel like we've found the local spot we've been wanting for years.
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