What this by-the-numbers wine bar lacks in personality, it makes up for in its smart, compact list. Roughly a dozen reds and whites by the glass include choices like a 2007 Shooting Star Aligoté, full of almond, grass and white peach notes; and the enjoyably leathery 2005 Château de Caladroy “Les Schistes.” Brook-vin does cocktails, too—patrons can match a house-infused vodka with a homemade flavored syrup and seltzer. It’s a fun idea, but not likely to produce drinks of any great quality. A much savvier gimmick is the wine list’s emphasis on half bottles. Sometimes it’s better to stick to what you know.
381 Seventh Ave
|Cross street:||between 11th and 12th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Daily 5pm–1am|
|Transport:||Subway: F, G to Seventh Ave|
|Price:||Average glass of wine: $9. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|