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The Feed first look: Sayra's Wine Bar

The Rockaway food scene moves to terroir territory with the neighborhood's first wine bar, serving hang-ten varietals and tapas.

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Marinated olives and spicy meatballs at Sayra's Wine Bar

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Cheese plate at Sayra's Wine Bar

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Pepper turkey sandwich and paprika-rosemary chips at Sayra's Wine Bar

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Sayra's Wine Bar

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Sayra's Wine Bar

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Sayra's Wine Bar

Joining cool-kid spots Rockaway Taco and Rippers, the Rockaway’s first wine bar brings a bougie element to the ’hood’s shoreside culinary scene. The brainchild of local surfer Rashida Jackson and artist Patrick Flibotte, the 28-seat drinkery showcases seasonal vino from hang-ten regions around the world: chardonnay from Cali’s Sonoma Coast, sauvignon blanc from New Zealand’s Sandy Cove and cava from Catalonia, Spain. Along with the 13-bottle wine list, eight beers are available at the oak-and-steel bar: Sixpoint Crisp Lager and Lagunitas IPA on draft, Duval and Allagash White in bottles. Soak up the suds with tapas including smoked-paprika–rosemary chips, marinated olives and BBQ pulled-pork sandwiches, piled on silver-dollar brioche from Brooklyn Bread. Out back is a 1,200-square-foot garden fitted with beach rocks and wooden picnic tables. Settle under the tin canopy for live jazz on Thursday nights or black-and-white flicks on Saturdays. 91-11 Rockaway Beach Blvd between Beach 91st and 92nd Sts, The Rockaways, Queens (718-945-9463)

Patatas frita, $2
smoked paprika & rosemary chips

Marinated olives, $3
house mixed olives with lemon zest, crushed red pepper flakes and sea salt

Cheese plate, $11
chevre, blue, sheep and brie cheese served with sourdough toast & orange marmalade

BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, $9
on silver dollar brioche

Pepper turkey sandwich, $7
cranberry dressing, bried cheese and arugula on silver dollar brioche, served with chips.

Spicy homemade meatball, $7
in a tomato sauce served with sourdough toast

Peanut butter costini, $4
two slices

Pesto costini, $4
two slices

Pinot Grigio- Il Conti, Veneto, Italy 2012, $6/24
Chardonnay- Bacchus, Central & Sonoma Coasts, California '11, $7/28
Picpoul de Pinet- La Domitienne, Languedoc, France 2013, $8/32
Sauvignon Blanc- Sandy Cove, Marlborough, New Zealand '11, $9/36
Cava- Raventos Brut L'hereu, Penedes, Cataluna, Spain 2009, $7/28
Tempranillo- Garduno, Vino de la Mesa, La Mancha, Spain, $6
Cabernet Sauvignon- Jeanne Marie, Central Coast, Paso Robles, Napa Blend 2011, $7/28
Pinot Noir- Bacchus-Ginger's Cuvee, Monterey, California 2011, $10/40
Malbec- Ernesto Catena "Tahuan" Mendoza, Argentina 2011, $10/40
Tempranillo- Bodegas Volver, La Mancha, Spain 2012, $12/48
Lambrusco- Zucchi Sorbara, Italy 2013, $10/40


Steven Wine
Steven Wine

This place IS as cool as it looks! The interior was entirely hand made by one of the owners...all wood and found objects...the tapas are simple and cheap (the way tapas should be!) and the sandria is not sweet (also the way it should be!!!) I look for many more additions to the menu as the garden season progresses. Oh and the owners are very friendly and GORGEOUS!!!!