Displaced from its digs on Lexington Avenue, Sharz is now hidden in a cozy duplex on a residential block. Because the East Side regulars are swooning over Atkins, chef Sharleen Cowan revamped the menu, adding a mishmash of homey protein-laden treats. Her endive-and-cheese salad, shrimp curry and rich meat loaf topped with Dijon mustard sauce join the few pasta holdouts, such as penne in a creamy pink fennel sauce. Desserts are worth the carb splurge: a terrific butterscotch bread pudding; a biscuit-based strawberry shortcake. Many of the 60 bottles on the smartly chosen wine list are less than $30, and servers offer doubters a money-back guarantee on their recommendations.
Sharz Café & Wine Bar
|Venue name:||Sharz Café & Wine Bar||Contact:|
435 E 86th St
|Cross street:||between First and York Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30–10pm; Fri, Sat 4:30–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $16. AmEx, DC, MC, V|