Best East Village Wine Bar - 2011
Grape and Grain
Situated in the middle of a tree-lined East Village block between Avenues B and C, just down from a school, there is an old-fashioned-looking lamp post stationed outside a wine bar called Grape and Grain. Next to it is its sister/brother bar, Against the Grain, a smaller, beer-focused spot with 20 some brews and stools crowded around a high table in its center. (You can get wine there, too.) Both places feature a menu of booze-complimentary edibles, including pizzas, charcuterie and cheese plates, beer sausages, and chorizo, as well as salads, olives, ceviche, and a tasty white-bean dip. But the real thing of import here is the wine, served by the quarto and the bottle in unique but accessible selections chosen lovingly by the owners, who rotate the list according to their discretion (all priced to sell). Grape and Grain is a candle-lit brick-walled haven where you'll want to linger and sip, and then sip more. There's brunch, too, which, be forewarned, can easily turn into dinner, and after-dinner drinks. It's the kind of place where lingering comes naturally. 620 East 6th Street, 212-420-0002, grapeandgrain.