October 16, 2011

Wine in the Lower East Side

Following our slightly disappointing dinner at Prune, my husband Jonathan and I decided to check out one or two wine bars in the Lower East Side neighborhood. After consulting Yelp we headed to The Ten Bells. Located on Broome Street, this wine bar has a romantic atmosphere. The wine and food menus are all listed on a large chalkboard along the wall.

We sat down at a table near the back of the bar and ordered a couple glasses of wine. We also got some cheese, a radish and fennel salad, and an order of chorizo (for Jonathan). As we waited for our food and wine we looked around the bar. The crowded appeared to be mostly local and everyone was gathered in groups enjoying the evening. It was relaxing and comfortable.

Soon our food and wine arrived. My first wine was a Burgundy and it was lovely - medium bodied and perfect for sipping. The cheeses were nutty and paired were perfect with my wine. The radish and fennel salad was served with an anchovy dressing and was also good. And Jonathan said the chorizo was not only excellent, it was better than anything he ate at Prune.

The Ten Bells is a perfect place to sit, have a glass of wine, and enjoy a relaxing evening with (or without) friends. There is a sort of romantic, moody atmosphere that is well suited for philosophical conversation or quiet contemplation.

After enjoying a couple glasses of wine at The Ten Bells we decided to check out more of the neighborhood.

A few blocks away is Jadis, wine bar with a different vibe. Here the music was more upbeat and the sound of people talking and laughing set the tone for the atmosphere. We sat at the bar in the front room and ordered two glasses of wine and some snacks. Jonathan ordered charcuterie and I got some roquefort & mascarpone cheese puffs and chocolat fondant for dessert. The cheese puffs were served warm and the strong flavor of the roquefort cheese paired well with my wine. Jonathan enjoyed his pâté, sausage, and wine - again rating it above his meal at Prune. And then my dessert arrived. The warm chocolate cake had a gooey center and was delicious! And what a perfect way to end the evening - with chocolate and wine...

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