The Tangled Vine Wine Bar & Kitchen

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Tangled Vine

Copyright 2009 Marianne Rafter, Photograph: Marianne Rafter
Tangled Vine
Upper West Side

This UWS wine bar was conceived with the inquisitive drinker

in mind. Though the interior is generic, the wine—a mostly organic and biodynamic collection of Old World bottles—more than makes up for the setting. The eager sommelier-barkeeps steered us toward offbeat discoveries like a rare white Gravonia Rioja ($18) that was rich, raisiny and as viscous as sherry. There are also bargain gems like a crisp green-apple Chiorri Grechetto ($12). Snacks from former Mercat chef David Seigal round out the experience: a squid-ink fideos (paella made with short noodles) was exceptional.

Venue name: The Tangled Vine Wine Bar & Kitchen
Address: 434 Amsterdam Ave
New York

Cross street: at 81st St
Opening hours: Mon–Wed 5pm–1am; Thu, Fri 5pm–2am; Sat 11am–3pm, 5pm–2am; Sun 11am–3pm, 5pm–1am
Transport: Subway: 1 to 79th St
Price: Average drink: $11. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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