December 15th, 2014 by HarlemGuy

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I finally had a chance to dine at Barawine in Harlem one chilly quiet weekday evening.  I had an incredible experience.

Barawine is located in the space formerly occupied by Harlem’s first and short-lived caviar bar.   The venue is beautifully laid out and visually stunning.  I loved what felt like three different spaces each with unique feel and charm.  The display of wine bottles is particularly beautiful.  We were greeted by friendly attentive staff, all of whom spoke French.  The owner greeted us warmly and identified recommended dishes all of which I tried.  My dishes pictured below were warm and savory, the portions filling, and the prices right.

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The wine selected by the owner was terrific.  The Spicy Corn and Poblano Cheese Soup was silky smooth and just spicy enough.  Every bite of the The Branzino Provencal was as flavorful and as unique as the last – truly delicious.

What I particularly like about this corner of Harlem, this particular Harlem restaurant row as it were, is that there is a decidedly french feel to it with newcomer Cheri up the block and across the street (stay tuned for our review of Cheri) and Chez Lucienne adjacent to Red Rooster up the block on the same side of the Street where Barawine is located.  I love the French influence in Harlem, being of French-Canadian and Haitian descent.

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Barawine Harlem is located on 200 Lenox Avenue, at the corner of 120th Street.

ADDRESS
200 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10027

PHONE NUMBER
+1 646 756 4154

EMAIL
info@barawine.com

Also available via Seamless and Opentable.

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April 30th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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The highly anticipated Vinateria was well worth the wait.  We enjoyed dinner there on a very crowded Saturday night a week ago.  We sat at the bar for a quick 15 minutes and visited with Antoinette (the lovely bartender mentioned in our previous post) until our table was ready.  A lot of familiar faces in Harlem were there curious to check out Vinateria’s first Saturday night.  We did not notice many people eating dinner at first, only having drinks.  But we arrived around 9:30 pm and our delightful server Ashley explained more people were having dinner earlier and that we arrived more towards the second shift.  After we sat down a large table of 10 sat next to us who all ordered dinner as well as many others.  I definitely recommend that you try their food along with their wine selection.  I wasn’t disappointed at all.  Actually I was thrilled!  As we wrote about Vinateria back in December the owner (Yvette) teamed up with Gabriela and Gustavo Lopez who have worked at many downtown hotspots (see our previous post) in the past.  Gustavo developed the menu and Gabriela developed their wine and beverage program.

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The menu (above) is a great compilment to the wine and beverages.  We enjoyed the simplicity of it though it was a little limited with dinner options.  That being said, what we had we loved.  They have divided the menu up by small, medium and large along with a cheese & charcuterie section and desserts.  It is very resonably priced.  Espeically the Large section entrees which are not huge portions but priced accordingly.  A perfectly cooked NY strip steak (below) at $20 that my friends enjoyed.

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I was very pleased with their sauteed striped bass at $18 (above) with sides of mustard greens and mashed potatoes.  The bass was beautifully cooked with a nice crisp skin.  Very flavorful and well executed.  The hand-cut beef tartare (below) with cornichon, capers and fried quail egg… wow!  I was fighting my friends off with my fork, unsuccessfully.  It was perfect.  I highly recommend it.  They have a homemade spaghetti with fava beans in a tomato sauce that looked very good and a nice vegetarian option.  We also started with a selection of various cheeses which set the dinner off to nice start especially with the wines recomended by Gabriela.  We tried the Ostatu (a rose) and the Lurra and a Carmenere.  Wine lovers and connoisseurs will be happy here.  You are in good hands.  Whether you choose to sit in the wine bar area of Vinateria or the restaurant side, after being there twice I can say both sections are comfortable and enjoyable.  Please see part one of our review Harlem Welcomes Vinateria On Their Opening Night from last week with more wine recommendations and additional information.  I think for the wine, food, atmosphere, customer service, location and  how well run this place is by the owner (Yvette), along with the unbeatable team of Gabriella and Gustavo that Vinateria will leave customers wanting to come back for more.  A very welcome addition to Harlem.

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(above) Freshly grown Herbs in a window planter at Vinateria to help Gustavo flavor the food prepared in the kitchen.

Vinateria
2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd. (corner of 119th St)
New York, NY 10026
(212)662-8462

They will have a website and twitter account soon but you can follow them now on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/vinaterianyc

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April 19th, 2013 by harlemhouse
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It was a warm welcome at Vinateria in Harlem on opening night.  I showed up early with friends and there were a few people there but by an hour later the place was full with a lot of activity and all the tables were occupied.  The layout offers dinning tables to the left and the wine bar to the right.

As you can see the final execution of the interior came out nicely.  And quite a difference from the very first interior photos that we posted last week.  Above is a picture of the lovely owner (Yvette) with her father (both are residents of Harlem) in front of the beautiful custom made entrance doors.  They were the first two people that I met when I walked in and it started the evening off with a welcoming vibe.

I only had drinks on opening night but plan on going back for dinner soon.  I can say that I was impressed with the wine selection and presentation.  Open etched glass school house pendants illuminate the distressed metal bar which I thought was an effective look.  It’s informal rustic with a bit of modern chic when you take in the whole decor.  Almost a Mediterranean, European feel to it.  Antoinette who was helping us at the bar, was inviting and very informative with her recommendations.   A few of the wines that I would recommend are…

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Gaba do Xil at Vinateria

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“Arcese – White Wine” with Antoinette at Vinateria

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Jelu Malbec Rose at Vinateria

I would suggest that you have a conversation about the wine before choosing one as this really made a difference for me and my experience.

I look forward to writing part two to this review after dinning at Vinateria very soon.  I spoke with Yvette briefly about the menu and she did mention that it was Italian based with a global, mediterranean flair.  Sounds good to me.  First impressions I’d say this place was very well thought out and if opening night was any indication it was well received and the neighborhood seemed to approve.

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Vinateria
2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd. (corner of 119th St.)
New York, New York 10026
212-662-8462

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April 7th, 2013 by tharealharlemista

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We’re getting very excited about the imminent opening of Vinateria  in about a week and a half.  Harlemcondolife has exclusive pictures!

The patterned metal door opens into a cool grey space with accents of blue. We love the mix of traditional and industrial modern. Pendant lamps hang over the tables and the sleek stainless steel bar.

We can’t wait for this welcome addition to Harlem’s restaurant row. The countdown begins!

(VINATERIA – located on Frederick Douglass Boulevard at 119th Street)

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March 1st, 2013 by harlemhouse

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Looks like very soon and hopefully any day now Vinateria will be opening their door to New York in Harlem.  After speaking with one of the owners recently about what we can expect from them, it remains pretty much the same as what we posted a few months back (see previous post) Vinateria Coming Along In Harlem.  Gustavo Lopez will be developing Vinateria’s menu and daily specials, and Gabriela Davogustto will be developing their wine and beverage program.

The concept behind Vinateria is expected to be a full food and wine offerings with an Italian/global influence.  Sounds good to me.  A corner location for a new restaurant is always a plus , Melba’s, Lido, Chocolàt, Maison Harlem and now soon Vinateria. Stay tuned for our menu review and opening announcements coming soon.

Find them on their Facebook page for updates and additional information.

https://www.facebook.com/vinaterianyc

Vinateria Harlem
2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, New York

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June 10th, 2011 by harlemhouse

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By HarlemHouse                                                                                                                           This Saturday stop by Nectar as they continue to celebrate their Outdoor Cafe with Saturday Spin.   They will have $3 Drink Specials all night long and you can chill and enjoy music by DJ Sharee. (see the flyer below)

As a longtime HarlemCondoLife favorite, see review NECTAR, we are happy to see these great changes and new events scheduled just in time for summer.

See you there!

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Saturday, June 11

 7PM – 1AM   

The celebration for our 3 year anniversary continues this Saturday

as we celebrate the Grand Opening of our Outdoor Cafe with

$3 Drink Special all night long and music by DJ Sharee.

Sip, Mix and Mingle under the Stars!    

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ALSO NOT TO BE MISSED…

events

Cocktails with Belle  

June 15th   8PM – 10 PM

 

Book Signing at Hueman Bookstore from 6 – 8 PM

immediately followed by Cocktail & Conversation @ Nectar 

with Essence Magazine relationship editor, Demetria L. Lucas

To RSVP email: BellesinHarlem@gmail.com

 A Belle in Brooklyn celebrates the joys of singlehood, encourages personal development, and offers tools to help woman increase their odds of finding a suitable mate when they are ready for one.


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June 10th, 2011 by harlemhouse

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By HarlemHouse                                                                                                                           This Saturday stop by Nectar as they continue to celebrate their Outdoor Cafe with Saturday Spin.   They will have $3 Drink Specials all night long and you can chill and enjoy music by DJ Sharee. (see the flyer below)

As a longtime HarlemCondoLife favorite, see review NECTAR, we are happy to see these great changes and new events scheduled just in time for summer.

See you there!

sharee image  

Saturday, June 11

 7PM – 1AM   

The celebration for our 3 year anniversary continues this Saturday

as we celebrate the Grand Opening of our Outdoor Cafe with

$3 Drink Special all night long and music by DJ Sharee.

Sip, Mix and Mingle under the Stars!    

———————————————————————————

ALSO NOT TO BE MISSED…

events

Cocktails with Belle  

June 15th   8PM – 10 PM

 

Book Signing at Hueman Bookstore from 6 – 8 PM

immediately followed by Cocktail & Conversation @ Nectar 

with Essence Magazine relationship editor, Demetria L. Lucas

To RSVP email: BellesinHarlem@gmail.com

 A Belle in Brooklyn celebrates the joys of singlehood, encourages personal development, and offers tools to help woman increase their odds of finding a suitable mate when they are ready for one.


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September 16th, 2010 by harlemhouse

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January 15th, 2009 by harlemhouse
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What can I say about Nectar Wine Bar.  This new hot spot created by owners Eric Woods & Jai Jai Greenfield has created a gathering for those of us uptown, and everywhere, that have been craving a good wine bar.  It has been crowded since it opened April 2008 offering a wide range of wines from their sister shop Harlem Vintage located next door.  They provide a minimal menu of cheeses, meats & hummus to accent their wines.  This is a very nice touch without distracting from this Bar’s main purpose, which of course is the wine.  This place is great for relaxing after work to chillout music as well as keeping you entertained on Saturday nights with House music until closing.  When I asked why did you decide on the location of Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Eric who has been a resident of Harlem for 11 years, said “Frederick Douglass Boulevard is going to be the new area for restaurants, bars, & nightlife and we wanted to provide a place for the people in the neighborhood to enjoy themselves.” They truly have succeeded in their goal with Nectar and its friendly staff, diverse wines, great crowd, and an overall welcoming vibe that has made it a favorite destination in the neighborhood.

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Nectar Wine Bar

2235 Frederick Douglass Blvd.

New York, NY 10027

(212) 961-9622

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