Like voluntary tasings and constructive criticism, some meals are best when delivered in small doses. Snack in stride with today's Groupon to Cellar 58 Wine Bar/Enoteca. Choose between the following options:
For $25, you get a small-plates dinner and dessert for two (up to a $59 value). The dinner includes:
- Two orders of crostini or salads (up to a $22 value)
- Two small plates (up to a $30 value)
- One dessert (a $7 value)
For $45, you get a small-plates dinner and dessert for four (up to a $118 value). The dinner includes:
- Four orders of crostini or salads (up to a $44 value)
- Four small plates (up to a $60 value)
- Two desserts (a $14 value)
Italian-trained chef Fabio Bano, noted for his work at the exclusive Soho House, populates Cellar 58's menu with a range of traditional and inventive Italian small plates made with organic ingredients. Small-plate sleuths investigate a variety of crunchy crostini, adorned with verdant toppings such as tomato and basil or wild mushroom, before savoring a plate of polpette al sugo veal meatballs that splish and splash in a luscious tomato sauce. Bready bruschetta draped in buffalo mozzarella and truffle oil bestow tongues with more richness than a yacht-flavored cupcake, and delicate crab cakes set taste buds ablaze with zesty chipotle sauce. Small-plate treks come to an ambrosial end with warm tarragon-infused red-apple crumble or selections from a kaleidoscopic of artisanal gelato and sorbetto flavors. Although not included with the Groupon, guests can bolster their pintsize feasts with a selection from two dozen wines by the glass.
Diners savor their miniature morsels while perched atop high stools at marble-topped tables at the tables in the open-air dining area. Soft, subtle lighting illuminates accents of exposed brick as murals of reclining nudes blush for the restaurant's embarrassingly clothed guests and musicians pluck at appetite-strings with live flamenco music every Tuesday.
Like any good basement, Cellar 58 is full of secrets. Hidden in the back of the East Village eatery is a wine-tasting room that shelters more than 150 different bottles, including some that hail from overlooked countries, such as Greece and Bulgaria. In addition, the wine bar's frequently changing selection features more than 30 wines by the glass.
From the Press
- "Wine enthusiasts eager to explore new territory should take a seat at one of the long marble tables at this mural-adorned East Village wine bar." — Time Out New York
- "It makes for the ideal venue for lingering over the international wine list comprising the world's major, minor and up-and-coming varietals, vineyards and vintages." — Gayot
- "The pours come from all corners of the world, and not just the currently budget-friendly Chile and New Zealand- Greece, Austria, and Bulgaria all make an appearance." — New York magazine
Beyond the Wine List
There is also a surprising treasure in the front dining room. The marble-topped tables play host to entrees and small plates prepared by chef Fabio Bano, who comes to Cellar 58 from the ultraprivate Soho House. Using cooking methods that he learned and perfected in Italy, Bano handcrafts pastas and inventive desserts, which, like top-secret memos, melt satisfyingly upon entering the mouth.