Is the Upper West Side morphing into “wine central”
There seems to be wine stores and wine bars popping up every other week in the
The good news is that Bin 71 is a cozy yet sophisticated place to taste wine and experience the Italian cooking of the owner’s father, who is apparently the one making your meatballs in the tiny basement kitchen. There is a nice sized list of by-the-glass pours as well as a long one-page list of wines by the bottle. The list is interesting if not extensive and includes wines from around the world with an emphasis on
The bad news is that I have spoken to folks who live on the
As far as ordering wine, we would recommend staying away from the 2004 Coturri Grenache from Mendocino. We chose it because red wine seemed the best choice on such a damp day, Grenache is something different that we usually drink, and Coturri has a pretty good name in
As an aside, there is a flat screen television (not something you find in most wine bars) if you want to catch the game!