Best New Wine Bar That Lives Up to the Hype - 2008
The rash of wine bars that opened in the last year felt like it should've happened a decade ago, but there's one new place we count as our favorite addition to the vino scene: Terroir, a 24-seater that's small on space but big on style. Helmed by the proprietors of Hearth down the block, Terroir has a charming menu (chef and co-owner Marco Canora will have you eating out of his hand--figuratively speaking, of course). Equally important, though, are the grapes, and we love that Terroir likes to go the unexpected route: This summer, sommelier Paul Grieco (Canora's partner) dedicated the white-wine list solely to Riesling, so ardently does he feel for the breed. And whaddaya know: We'e that way, too.