Saturday, February 11, 2006


- City Search

“...madly stylish...”
- The Daily News

“This is a terrific first-date restaurant. Not only will it display your total coolness, but your meal can be as long or short as your relationship promises to be.”
- Irene Sax, New York Daily News

“It was only a matter or time before NYC's resident vintners - Robert Ransom and Susan Wine, owners of the two Vintage New York stores - paired their bottles with food,” wrote Rachel Vecsey, in Time Out New York. “The two have opened Vintage New York WineBar, a bilevel space with overlooking the Soho shop, where the're pouring 200 local wines by the glass. Co-owner Wine has crafted a menu of vino-friendly tapas with a local bent: Long Island duck confit (pictured), Old Chatham Ewe's blue cheese souffle and New York cheesecake drizzled with raspberry wine. Design your own flight or try the daily wine special for just $5.”

In my book, I highly recommended the best regional wine shop on the east coast, Vintage New York. I have spent many an hour mulling over wines at the wine bar, taking in the fresh and vibrant flavors of the region’s best wines. Now, you can drink those wines paired with the foods they were meant to be tasted with, matched by one of the best restaurateurs in the city. And it’s an incredibly chic setting as well, with two floors, the second of which over looks the shop. This is a place to be impressed by, and you can use to impress others. And you can have lots of fun, as I did.

Robert and Susan offer the “pleasure of a well-paired food and wine combination; to support our region's small farmers and artisan producers.” But that’s not all. It’s simply an incredible treat. Now, I am only a blogster, but look what real writers in the genre have to say.

“The warm house-smoked salmon went nicely with the Lieb Pinot Blanc, and a floral Palmer Gewürztraminer made perfect spice- complementing sense with the Thai dipping sauce that accompanies moist Long Island–duck meatballs. But the biggest surprise was the Rivendell Cab, an unexpectedly perfect match for the gooey richness of the “chocolate fantasy,” an oversize take on the molten, flourless, soufflé-like staple of dessert lists everywhere,” reported Eat Cheap column of New York Magazine in August of 2005.

“The cafe is madly stylish, with mustard-and-white walls, a communal table filled with chattering SoHo-ites and a central twostory tower stacked with bottles. The short menu is a list of small but by no means too-small plates, all of them made of ingredients from guess where…If you remember co-owner Susan Wine's restaurant, the Quilted Giraffe, you won't be surprised to learn that the food here is good. After nibbling on roasted almonds ($3) and olives ($4), we shared duck meatballs with sweet and-hot Thai sauce ($9), a fat artichoke whose leaves we dipped in horseradish mayo ($9) and a Spanish tortilla, or frittata, that was baked in a thin pastry crust ($5). Two paninis were warm and crunchy in their flattened ciabatta rolls; we had both the vegetarian version filled with sheep's milk Camembert, mango chutney and roasted red peppers ($7) and the heftier one filled with slices of peppery venison sausage and touissant cheese ($8). And if a salad of duck confit and pistachio nuts ($10) sounds over-thetop rich, what would you say to "Chocolate Fantasy," a warm chocolate souffle into which the cook drops a big scoop of mocha ice cream?” wrote Irene Sax, for the New York Daily News.

Some friends of mine and I recently went unannounced for lunch. We shared four things: duck meatballs, Beggar's Purses of smoked trout mousse with Petrossian American caviar and salmon roe, Roasted Hudson Valley Foie Gras nuggets with waldorf salad, and Pumpkin custard. All were exceptional. Now, I’ve got to take my wife, or she’ll get jealous. And it’ll be a great way to score points.

Vintage New York™ WineBar
482 Broome Street ~ Entrance at 60 Wooster
SoHo, New York City
No Reservations