Best Bar to Spirit Yourself Away to the Adirondacks - 2009
Black Mountain Wine House
415 Union St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231
With its wooden façade and pile of firewood out front, the Black Mountain Wine House looks like a charming mountain lodge plunked down in the middle of brownstone Brooklyn. Just pretend that the nearby Gowanus Canal is actually a pristine babbling brook, kick back in one of the Adirondack chairs on the outdoor patio, and you'll instantly get that relaxed I'm-on-vacation feeling. In the wintertime, it's just as nice inside—with a cozy, rustic décor and a crackling fire in the fireplace that makes you want to curl up beside it with a glass of wine ($6.50 to $13) from their excellent list and never leave. You'll also want to sample their menu of cheeses (try the Spanish goat cheese Cana de Cabra, $4), paninis, salads, and—the greatest comfort food of all—the Black Mountain Mac-'n'-Cheese with wild mushrooms and truffle oil ($10). The kitchen is open till midnight. Too bad they don't offer beds to pass out on.