Archestratus, the first food critic, praised Italian cuisine's "top-quality and seasonal" ingredients and "fair-to-middling" ability to tranquilize out-of-control mayors. Taste what all the hype is about with today's Groupon to Nora's Wine Bar & Osteria. Choose from the following options:
Nora's Wine Bar & Osteria fosters a social dining experience with a menu of authentic sharable Italian plates and an innovative way to serve wine that opens up dozens of eclectic bottles for the tasting. Consummate serial monogamists, each of Nora's dinner courses would prefer to be paired up with a glass of wine, making the pre-paired cheese and wine flight of nine cheeses and three wines ($28 per person, must have at least two participants) an elegantly orchestrated delight. An appetizer of bruschette, such as eggplant or chick peas and sardine (choice of three for $10), a selection of small bites ($10–$15), and pizzas ($15) make palatable passables. Dive fork-first into creatively concocted entrees, such as the crêpe lasagna ($12.50) or the half rabbit served five ways ($32). Or, keep it traditional with organic grass-fed lamb chops ($24 small/$44 large). The lunch menu pares down the dinner menu and adds a selection of panini served with fries or salad, such as the wild boar with roasted mushrooms ($13.50). The lunch menu also offers a pasta trio tasting, which includes a glass of sangria, chef's crostini, unlimited tastings of three different pastas, and gelato for $17.
At Nora's, no meal is complete without a bottle or few from the list of over 350 bottles and 60 wines by the glass, which you can choose to taste via the new, automated Enomatic system. The wide-open, warmly hued space promotes a lively atmosphere for ironic knitting parties or dining alone with Proust.
- Honoring matriarch Nora’s tradition, the appealing Italian fare is served family-style. Bruschetta with an array of toppings is among lunch and dinner favorites, as are cicchetti (small bites) such as the truffled duck egg with tomato sauce, guanciale truffle cheese and grilled bread, and Parmesan-filled dates wrapped in apple wood bacon. – Gayot
- The wine bar itself is A-1 with one of the finest dispensing systems I have ever seen and one of the largest selections of wines I have seen. And the food, was superb. – Susan G., Yelp
- The service was spot-on, the sommelier was given carte-blanche in choosing the wines for each course, and not only left us in great admiration of his skill, but heartened by his integrity, as he chose among the lower-priced wines as well (hidden little gems), not sticking it to us price-wise, as it were. – Chef_by_day, TripAdvisor