Part restaurant, part art gallery, part performance venue. Pepela aims to capture the spirit of a contemporary European spot, with an emphasis on Georgian and Mediterranean influences. The two-story Park Avenue townhouse indulges visitors with a menu of hearty comfort foods inspired by Old World recipes. These dishes include thin slices of eggplant rolled in a walnut paste and orders of khinkali?traditional, meat-filled Georgian dumplings. To accompany the cuisine, bartenders pour wines from a list that includes several French and Italian options, but mainly highlights Georgian producers. The bartenders even make cocktails using chacha: an infused Georgian brandy.
In addition to the dining area?s white brick walls, large, banquet-worthy tables, and a stage area for the occasional live band, Pepela also includes sections with a bit more of an upscale touch. The lounge section?s marble-topped bar, glittering chandeliers, and ornately regal armchairs and loveseat demonstrate this air of refinement. Pepela also features an onsite art gallery, which routinely swaps out the collection to better feature new pieces and different colored exit signs.
Wyne a Bit aspires to be Greenpoint’s signature wine bar—an ambitious goal in this burgeoning Brooklyn neighborhood. To make this a reality, they have put in the necessary work, pairing a menu of crepes and charcuterie plates with an enviable wine list. Curated with fastidious taste, the lineup stars red, white, rose, and sparkling wines from around the world, all enjoyed by the bottle or the glass inside of a warmly lit dining space. A selection of craft beers rounds out the menu, with notables including Delirium Tremens, a Belgium strong-ale voted best in the world by some guy.
NeroDoro is bustling day and night. In the mornings, the staff is busy frying bacon to pair with banana pancakes, and late at night they're pouring imported reds and whites in a wine-bar setting. But the highlights are the meals in between. Try the signature piadine?house-made flat bread topped with anything from ham and fontina to Nutella and banana?or entrees of grilled salmon with quinoa and soft polenta with sausage stew. The eatery's grass-fed beef and organic eggs are sourced from Jersey supplier Fossil Farms, saving the hassle of finding local ingredients through newspaper ads.
A parade of bas-relief pastoral figures cavorts across the entryway of Delia?s Lounge, signaling both the spirit of revelry and the wealth of mesmerizing visual artifacts to be found inside. A fireplace warms a room stuffed to its plush gills with velvet sofas, leopard-print banquettes, wooden sculptures, and a giant reproduction of the Mona Lisa serenely surveying the cozy scene. Until the wee hours of the morning, the kitchen fills the small, candle-topped tables with a variety of appropriately shareable plates such as pan-seared crab-cakes, chicken quesadilla rolls, hamburger sliders, and shrimp cocktail with house-made horseradish sauce.
New York Magazine dubbed Delia?s a Critics? Pick, averring that ?you won't find tastier, or larger, cocktails in Manhattan.? Martinis range from the spare to the sweet: Hendrick's Gin bears a simple slice of cucumber, apple martinis blend liqueurs, vodka, and an apple slice garnish, and the Godiva white-chocolate martini presents vodka, cacao, and white-chocolate liqueur in a glass lined with a chocolate drizzle.
At Therapy Wine Bar, upscale bar fare and New World wines create the conditions for nightlife to thrive in the incubating glow of hanging lamps. Servers haul tapas and charcuterie past exposed-brick and lime-green walls en route to the bar, outdoor seating area, or private lounge area, which contains more pillows than an insomniac's trash can. A mishmash of tables and chairs populates the remaining floor space, where visitors can lounge while conversing or playing games of backgammon.
A trio of roughhewn Adirondack chairs sits outside an unassuming entrance, not far from a pile of freshly chopped firewood. If you imagine this an unlikely sight to stumble upon in the heart of brownstone Brooklyn, just one block east of Smith Street’s trendy stores and restaurants, you are right. But Black Mountain Wine House, with its unpretentious wine list and modest-sized menu of artisanal cheeses and charcuterie, is an unlikely wine bar. A crackling fireplace continues the rustic theme indoors, where crowds gather nightly to take part in lively conversations fueled by bottles of red, white, and sparkling wine. Though the dining room can get a little crowded on weekends, it’s never quite as cramped as the kitchen. Chefs make the most of their tiny space, squeezing past or leapfrogging one another as they prepare goat cheese tarts and plates of cured meats.