Josh Levin (Babbo) and Suzaan Hauptfleisch (La Grenouille) trade European-style fine dining for a South African–inspired vino spot on the fringes of the Upper East Side. The bar's name means "home" in Zulu and it's reflected in the rustic 50-seat spot, which features cheery touches like canning jars filled with flowers. While the 50-bottle wine list highlights a variety of new-world vinos, the food offerings focus solely on South Africa with small plates like bunny chow (bread filled with chicken curry) and bobotie (spiced meat topped with egg custard).
Kaia Wine Bar
|Venue name:||Kaia Wine Bar|
1614 Third Ave
|Cross street:||between 90th and 91st Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Wed 5–11:30pm; Thu, Fri 5pm–midnight; Sat 11am–midnight; Sun noon–11:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St|
|Price:||Average glass of wine: $10. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|