Aria Wine Bar

Bars, Wine bars West Village
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Aria Wine Bar

Chef-owner Roberto Passon (Bocca di Bacco, Roberto Passon) opens his first solo project—not a restaurant, but a West Village wine bar. Much of the international, 50-bottle (and growing) wine list is available in flights or by the glass, with many examples that are organic, biodynamic or produced by female vintners. Passon will pair the vino with cicchetti (Venetian-influenced small plates) like rabbit stew with polenta.


Venue name: Aria Wine Bar
Address: 117 Perry St
New York
Cross street: between Greenwich and Hudson Sts
Opening hours: Daily 4pm–1am
Transport: Subway: 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq
Price: Average glass of wine: $7. AmEx, MC, V
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Maybe it's because I always have a buzz on when I'm there, but wine bars always impress me with their non-vino menus as well. Aria is no different. Tucked away down one of those West Village blocks that is "ugh so adorable I wish I could afford a place here", there's a reason this place is so popular.

I'm no wine snob by any means, but there selection is pretty robust and diverse, so I doubt even your most difficult to please friend will be happy. What I'm here to talk about though, is the food. I know you're tempted to make this a date spot, but I highly suggest going with a group. The menu is entirely small plates (although the portions are surprisingly hefty), so order one of everything and sit back while you "bite, sip, bite, sip, repeat".

It will take a few more trips to sample every item they offer (and by God do I fully intend on doing so), but my favorites include the meatballs (because... meatballs), any of the carpacci offerings, and, if the night's specials include an octopus dish... make sure you order it. And save room for dessert, although I hope that by this point in the meal you've had enough glasses to be easily convinced to do so.

Izzy Astlee

The food is delicious here and it has a great atmosphere. However the place is completely let down by the service, which is very aloof and poor. From the girl at the door who didn't seem to care whether we came in or not, to our waiter who thought he was cooler than anyone else in there. The service completely ruined the experience for us, which is a shame as the food really is good. Avoid.