2022-11-25 10:00:15

What Is a Wine Bar, Anyway?

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By Eric Asimov

New York wine bars are booming, with great new options proliferating and old standbys excelling.

They seem to be popping up all over. Yet, no matter how many have opened, and despite how warm and inviting some of them might be, Im always faced with a nagging question: Exactly what is a wine bar, and what differentiates it from a restaurant?

Full-fledged restaurants like Claud, Contento and Chambers, where reservations are in high demand for superb food prepared by accomplished chefs, are habitually called wine bars. So are humble places where you might drop in on a whim for a drink and a bite that is served right out of the tin in which it was packaged.

Are they all wine bars? Or is the term so vague as to be meaningless? It might depend on who you ask.

Its something we wrestled with a lot, said Chase Sinzer, an owner and wine director at Claud in the East Village, a place I love that feels strongly like a restaurant. The answer is amorphous. We were very cognizant of people wanting to call places wine bars. Im open to what people want to call us, but from what I see, Claud is more of a restaurant.

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