As we all know, in every area, corner, and side street in Manhattan, restaurants and bars fill up the streets and extend personal “must go-to lists” daily since they are literally everywhere. Last week was a week of new beginnings, bon voyages, and a much needed celebration of summertime which has finally graced it’s presence upon us, YAY! It also was a week spent in the Flatiron area where I was able to get a sense of two great restaurants with fitting wine lists from both ends of the spectrum. Both selections even paired well with their interior.
Roberto Zero Otto Nove: Stepping into a new Italian restaurant, I met a few friends at Zero Otto Nove Manhattan on 15 West 21st street and enjoyed a night filled with luxurious Italian wines from all over Italy. The wine list starts with a variety of Champagne/Sparkling and then goes right into regions that offer white wines – Piemonte, Veneto, Alto Adige, Umbria, Friuli, Toscana etc. The next section offers white wines from Southern Italy SICILIA, SARDEGNA, and Campania. It then goes into a nice red selection that suggests regions such as Abruzzo, Puglia, Chianti, Amarone, etc. Some of us opted for a white wine from Fruili (Pinot Grigio Ca’ BolaniAquileia)) and others (including myself) went the red D’Abruzzo (Cataldi Madonna Montepulciano d’Abruzzo) route. They offer a blended selection of their full menu by the glass, probably about 20 options and have a moderately – high priced wine list. The cheapest bottle is about $31 and the most expensive is about $855 so choose wisely! As you can tell, you experience a wonderful wine journey through Italy with this list. (Go for the Nutella pizza for dessert!)
Sagaponack: The next night I met up with a friend at Sagaponack on 4 West 22nd street for a lighter meal and a catch up! We sat at the bar and ordered a few light seafood apps and enjoyed a night of crisp white wines. We felt as though we were in Martha’s Vineyard or the Hamptons… not New York which certainly felt like a breath of fresh air. My friend likes the sweeter wines and chose the Rex Goliath Pinot Grigio California, 2009. “It was super light and was very sweet. Perfect drink for apps so you don’t get full.” I chose a crisper, zestier, ‘bittery’ white, Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand, 2008 which was also perfect to enjoy with apps and great for a hot summer’s night! The wine list offers a classic selection of wines from California, France, Italy, Australia, Spain even one from the Hamptons! You can tell this list was handpicked and sought after very strategically and gracefully. The red headed bartender was very nice and extremely personable which always makes for a great experience. Overall, a wonderful hidden gem with great wines for summer in the Flatiron District.