65 2nd Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.726082 -73.989733
Sun-Thurs 3 pm-1 am, Fri-Sat 3 pm-3 am
Neighborhoods: Bowery, East Village, Downtown
Service and management is horrible – i went there 3 months ago and the service was pretty good. But I just went there a week ago and the server plopped a bottle down in front of us, poured the first pour and then was not seen again. I had to flag down the manager to take our order for food. When the manager brought our food he put it down and also walked away leaving our glasses empty and not asking if we needed anything else. My companion and I had to pour our own wine the rest of the time. Our server kept walking by us to go stand outside. I went up to the manager when we FINALLY got our check and told him that I was surprised that we had to pour our own wine. He said that that is their policy and they dont like to give their patrons the impression that they are hurrying them out. I mean come on, this is a WINE BAR. Plus we were 2 of 4 diners in the restaurant that night. I could understand if they were busy... the manager was actually very sarcastic when I spoke to him. I felt like he thought "I" had it all wrong and that I was just being rediculous. Needless to say there are plenty of "wine bars" in the city who want my money. If I wanted to pour my own wine, I would just buy a bottle (it would cost a lot less) and have it at home. Why have wait staff at a wine bar if you are going to make your customers do all of the work. Not recommended.
cozy atmosphere, great Malbec, good people-watching – Winebar is a really cute place for a drink. I had a delicious glass of Malbec, smooth and wonderful. I didn't eat, but everything looked absolutely delicious. The menu enticed my tastebuds, so I think I'll be back to eat soon. The atmosphere is chill and relaxed and I really like the high tables and comfortable stools. Also, if you sit by the window looking out on 2nd avenue, it's great people watching.
Horrible Service – On a positive note the food and wine was great. The service was herrendous, our friends waited on the street for 45 min for an extra chairs, we asked three people for a chair never got one. Then a table opened up and our friends sat down and they made them get up so another couple could use it. Then proceeded to ad a 20% gratuity to us when only three of us ate dinner 2 came for ten minutes and had drinks. The "owner" proceeded to engage us in an argument for 10 minutes saying that we should have asked for two checks and refused to re-do our bill, I've never had such horrible service ever. Beware of the crappy waiters and rude behavior.
Intimate Yet Friendly Room – Winebar occupies a comfortable space on 2nd Ave . . . inside, you can choose one of the high tables or take some space at the marble counter in an atmosphere that lends itself well to mingling with the other guest. The staff is very knowledgeable about their sometimes difficult wine list. The tables in front of Winebar provide an excellent spot to People Watch as folks make there way through the East Village.
Very disappointing – Looked forward to going to the Winebar on a friends recommendation and I had a Diner's Deck card for Winebar. I was told there was a mistake that Winebar never joined Diner's Deck and do not accept the coupons. It was $10. The cheapest glass of wine is $10. The owner came over to the table and said Diner's Deck put us in without our permission or request. Who cares. I came into the Wine Bar because of this card. I use Diner's Deck to introduce restaurants to my selection. It's a great way to find new places. The owner also said "Don't worry you will get something free." Our tap water was free. Wine Bar is just overpriced. There are many other restaurants and wine bars that would be happy if someone new was coming in and not stress over $10 for a happy customer that would have returned.
Cozy, communal tables create a scene set for intimacy, or a tete-a-tete with friends over wine and tapas. – In Short
Those looking for respite from a cacophonous neighborhood retreat to this bar's dark, candle-drenched coziness, where customers can appreciate a glass of wine and a tasty Mediterranean-style snack over audible conversation. The wine bottles arranged in rows along the walls are meant to remind patrons that the place prides itself on a long list of European varietals from Spain, Italy and France. An array of flatbreads featuring ingredients like spinach, porcini mushrooms and prosciutto are worth the steep $16 price tag.
Hits: As a fancier option among seedier East Village spots, it's unique.
Misses: When its crowded, the communal seating competes with the vibe, which is otherwise ideal for a romantic rendezvous.
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