Tumblers of wine and cellars of sea salt by candlelight–the modern wine bar. In this case, the Upholstery Shop in the West Village.
Stepchild of the ’90s, restaurant growth industry of the new century, wine bars are dining establishments that allow alcohol to be front and center, sometimes with huge markups, while small exquisite dishes stand in for supper. Yet, we can’t deny that they’re some of the brighest spots on the dining and drinking horizon. We pick our top 10 in the city, tomorrow morning at 8.
Meanwhile, a couple of earlier Top 10s:
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 1, 2009