Like choosing a prom date, choosing a favorite wine necessitates sampling a variety to determine which one will produce the nicest bouquet. Enjoy the fruits of competitive courting with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get a wine tasting for two at Firenze Ristorante (a $100 value). The tasting includes the following:
- Two glasses of red wine and two glasses of white wine per person
- An appetizer platter with olives, cheese, salami, and bruschetta
- Two take-home bottles of wine
Firenze Ristorante’s sommeliers curate a large collection of globe-spanning vintages, which are artfully displayed on wine racks within the restaurant’s cozy Italian-inspired interior. Tippling twosomes sniff, swirl, sip, and splash boring shirtfronts with samples of some of the restaurant’s best vinos, stopping only to compare each grownup grape juice’s complex aromas and bouquets or to balance the fermented fruits with salty bites of cheese, olives, and cured meat. After the last drop has been carefully considered, customers select two of their favorite wines to adopt, toting them home for enjoyment at a future happy hour or storing them away for use as an emergency aftershave.
Eclectic mirrors and dark wood furnishings imbue Firenze Ristorante with a cozy ambiance enhanced by warm lighting from wall sconces and tabletop candles. Draped fabrics soften the exposed brick walls and wooden pillars while also concealing cozy corners and hidden caches of after-dinner mints.
Firenze Ristorante unveils the virtues of a Tuscan village, from its vast selection of wines to the rustic, exposed-brick decor that accompanies each visit. Opened in 1981, Firenze beckons Upper East Side bellies through its doors daily for brunch, lunch, and dinner, capping off meals with complimentary limoncello or grappa that effectively trick tongues into thinking they’re in Italy. As waiters deliver still-steaming dishes of pasta and steak, diners chat at white-clothed tables flickering beneath a candle’s glow. Uniquely shaped mirrors adorn the walls and accent the restaurant’s dark wooden pillars, which brandish racks of wine and shriek a little bit every time they get a glimpse of their reflection.