Greenwich Village is often referred to as the Paris of this side of the Atlantic. I’m not sure I would go quite that far, but truly the Village is glorious and unique in its own way. The look, the feel, and most importantly, the boîtes are a real draw for native New Yorkers and visitors alike. Looking for a lovely wine bar in the Village? We have some fabulous finds for you. Since the Village abounds with many très chic boîtes to imbibe, this is really only an entré.
Of course, we went out into the field to do some research! (avec plaisir, bien sur…) We discovered some truly enticing Village haunts and you will have some serious decision making to do about where you would most like to spend an evening whiling away the hours. Or try them all! Pourquoi pas?
Carroll Place at 157 Bleecker Street is an Italian spot that is sure to delight. Chalkboard menus offer a mostly Italian wine selection. Fans of the old tenant, Kenny’s Castaways, take heart: There’s live music downstairs. You’ll find a subdued cocktail lounge upstairs.
If you prefer a more refined respite, check out the gastroteque that’s getting all the well-deserved attention: Buvette. Buvette has managed to be so romantically and authentically Parisian that its American owner, Jody Williams, has actually opened an outpost in the city of love, in the 9th arrondissement. It’s a kind of reverse import, if you will. The food is scrumptious and the wine list is impressive. Most of all, the charming atmosphere will allow you to forget that it’s August in the city and you are not on the beach somewhere….
The Upholstery Store might seem an odd name for a wine bar/restaurant, but given that the spot was formerly a real upholstery store, it fits. The décor features comfortable couches and leather touches in keeping with its name. The place is cozy and romantic. Created by Kurt Gutenbrunner and Leo Schneemann of Walse, another Village all-star, it carries a wide variety of wines to please every palate. The mixologists at the bar craft bespoke cocktails for those who wish to be creative with their liquid intake.
If you are looking to be transported to the turn-of-last-century Paris, there is no need for a time machine. Go no further than West 11th Street to Vin Sur Vingt at #201. They have a selection of fifty wines by the glass, many of them small production bottles not found elsewhere in the city. If Provencal roses are your thing, this is the perfect time to visit. You’ll go on a tour de France in a wine glass.
Let us know your favorite places in the Village to escape!