At Bar Majestic, live music can often be heard bouncing off the backdrop of darkly lit wood, shimmery walls, and wine racks so well stocked the place resembles a chateau wine cellar in the heart of Spain's countryside. Small, sharable portions of fresh tapas dance across tables and decorate the menu. Nibble decadent meats and cheeses, or bite bruschette such as spinach pesto, prosciutto, or mushroom tapenade ($3 each, $7 for three, $12 for five). Piping hot paninis pummel stubborn stomachs with comestibles including turkey breast, brie, romaine, and aioli ($8) or eggplant, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and balsamic ($9).
Lelabar earned a "critic's pick" from New York Magazine, bolstered by an extensive list of vintage wines such as a Bordeaux from 1970. Their sommeliers recommend selections from nearly 200 international wines, which are imported from the likes of Italy, France, and the moon. Patrons can also look to a central chalkboard, which details the daily wine and food specials. Food selections include meat plates, imported cheeses, and pressed sandwiches.
White linen tablecloths and wooden wine racks complement Savore's hearty Northern Italian fare profiled by New York Magazine. More than 220 wines wait to be paired with Tuscan recipes, whose ingredients—including cockle clams, roasted lamb chops, and buffalo mozzarella—date back to the days of Michelangelo. New York Magazine highlights the wine bar in the backroom, a.k.a. Boutique del Vino, where dinner guests can get to know Italian wines by tasting notes, smelling bouquets, and listening to the warble of wineglass-rim choruses.