Branch-offs can often snap under pressure, but Le Bernardin has sprung a stem as strong as its base. Sitting across the galleria from that vaulted seafood restaurant, Aldo Sohm’s annexed vino-hub is far less buttoned-up than its big brother—no reservations or suit jackets required—but the level of detail here proves this apple didn’t fall far from the tree.
ORDER THIS: By-the-glass options give sippers the room to try a number of varietals. Spain’s terra-cotta–colored Hermanos Peciña rioja ($18) gets its faint smokiness from earthy tobacco, balancing out light but potentially cloying coconut. Pulling from his homeland, Sohm highlights Austrian options, like a very oaky Grüner Veltliner ($20), which opens creamy and ends crisp.
GOOD FOR: Impressing your significant other with a night of luxury that’s fairly soft on the pocket. The elegant living-room space hints at ritz (glittering globe lights, rare Keith Haring canvases), but a plush sectional at its center welcomes you to sink in and unwind. Share wallet-friendly small plates, the best of which is a succulent skewered short rib ($12), soaked in a red-wine reduction and laid atop silky, buttered potato puree.
THE CLINCHER: The sommelier service is first-rate. Toss out any preference—bold and spicy, sweet and bubbly—and the dedicated servers will cater to your every wino whim. Between pours, you can get schooled on the ins and outs of grapes and regions—without the sniff-and-swirl snootiness.
|Venue name:||Aldo Sohm Wine Bar|
151 W 51st St
|Cross street:||between Sixth and Seventh Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 11:30am–3pm, 4:30–11:30pm; Fri 11:30am–3pm, 4:30pm–midnight; Sat 5pm–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: B, D, E, to Seventh Ave; N, Q, R to 49th St; 1 to 50th St|
|Price:||Average glass of wine: $20. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|
|Do you own this business?|
Average User Rating
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Aldo Sohm is my Midtown-West wine bar go-to. Their in-house sommeliers are extremely knowledgeable and always impart a bit of their knowledge and expertise. Their small plates are delicious. I would recommend grabbing a couple with your wine.
The only downside is this venue does not accept reservations, so keep your fingers crossed as your walking in that a spot will open.
The wine was excellent. The food was mediocre, but ok for a wine bar. Nothing to write home about, but not so bad to make me write a bad review. We were 8 people for dinner, and we tasted most things on the menu. Out of the 8 of us, 2 (including me) got food poisoning. Apparently, even though the restaurant claims they keep the highest sanitary measures, they don't. When I called to complain, they took my number and never called back. After a few more tries, I eventually managed to talk a manager named Ben who basically ignored my complaints and did not take any responsibility. (He did offer to refund me the price of one particular dish out of the whole meal which seemed the most likely suspect for causing the food poisoning; I thought this was ridiculous and insulting.)
I was very surprised and disappointed. If 2 guests in my house would have gotten food poisoning I would be mortified. Not the people of Aldo Sohm....