Best Wine Bar - 2001
Il Posto Accanto
At IL POSTO ACCANTOsister bar of the popular East Village eatery Il Baggatothe focus is on, you guessed it, Italian wines, whether by the glass, quarter- or half-carafe, or bottle. The full-bodied Chianti Classico (La Sala '98, $36 bottle) and olive-hinted Barbera d'Alba (Bric La Ginestra '97, $36 bottle) paired nicely with a salami-and-cheese plate ($14), but best of all is the atmosphere: the hunk of cured beef laid out behind the L-shaped bar, the careful inspection of every glass for spots, the stamped-tin ceiling and the grapevines that hug it, and the fresh-cut flowers and candelabras that grace the communal table. Unfortunately, there's no beernot even a single Peronito be found.