If grapes could talk, they'd recount their dreams, the first time they got plucked, and the first time they felt victimized by nature's rumor mill–the vine. Taste the tales of the grape with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a two-hour wine-tasting class (a $100 value) and a $20 gift certificate toward the next visit to Brasserie Julien (a total $120 value).
Led by Mollie Battenhouse, a professional wine lecturer and sommelier, Brasserie Julien's wine-tasting classes enlighten students with the fine details of fermented beverages required to craft exceptional wine pairings. Each two-hour class includes a five-course French menu of victuals that the instructor coordinates with 10 varietals carefully selected to tantalize Dionysian palates. With Battenhouse's guidance, students gain oenophilic insights into the fundamentals of tasting, learning the intricacies that distinguish a pinot blanc from a pinot noir, a dry white from a sweet white, and a vineyard from a preschool for raisins.
An upscale restaurant specializing in French cuisine, Brasserie Julien holds its wine courses in the romantic and relaxed dining room instead of a spartan classroom. Art-deco-inspired pendant lights illuminate the space's elegant columns, flowing curtains, and trumpet-playing silverware to create an authentic brasserie-style experience.
Brasserie Julien’s chefs pamper palates with gourmet French specialties, sea delicacies, and expertly crafted signature drinks in a romantic setting. New York magazine writes that “it’s impossible to dine at this Upper East side brasserie and not think of Paris.” Upscale small plates whet appetites and facilitate the enjoyment of French aperitifs, with selections such as 24 plain oysters or shells stuffed with misplaced pirate-chest keys. Endive salads, quiche lorraine, or an assortment of soups sate cravings for light fare, and steak, fondue, or filet mignon quell ampler appetites. During wine tours, accomplished sommelier Mollie Battenhouse regales guests with about 10 samples of varietals from around the globe, as well as portions of the eatery’s brasserie fare.
Inside Brasserie Julien’s romantic and relaxed dining room, art-deco-inspired pendant lights illuminate the space's elegant columns, flowing curtains, and trumpet-playing silverware to create an authentic brasserie-style experience.