Rosette at Brooklyn Winery
Founded in 2010, Brooklyn Winery makes wine in Williamsburg with grapes from small American growers, shipped upon harvest to the winery. The rest is left up to the winemaker, Chuck Gergley, and the wine director, Conor McCormack, whose efforts could be had at the winery’s bar. It has now moved to larger quarters nearby, permitting it to add a full-service restaurant to the premises, with a wine list that showcases 20 wines, sparkling, white, red, orange, and pink. Accompanying them in the tailored dining room with forest green upholstery and marble-topped tables are dishes, by the chef, Shaun Lafountain, that tap the tastes of the moment: lacinato kale salad with citrus; fluke ceviche; Wagyu beef tartare; vegan curry with tofu; blackened catfish; duck breast with duck confit and fruit; short rib braised in the winery’s red; and a deconstructed banana split. The new complex, with its working winery, also includes a gracious event space with exposed brick walls and greenery.
61 Guernsey Street (Nassau Avenue), 347-763-1506, bkwinery.com.
The stunning Art Deco space on the floor above Le Jardinier in Midtown Manhattan is now this elegant bar. (It previously housed a private event venue for Le Jardinier.) Rachel Prucha is in charge of the libations, in three categories: classics, with the usual suspects; seasonal creations like the Pampous Spritz with red grapefruit, mint and sparkling wine; and mocktails. To nibble are bites like lobster tartlets, beef tartare on toast, and charred avocado mousse on sweet potato chips by the chef de cuisine at Le Jardinier, Andrew Ayala, and the executive pastry chef, Salvatore Martone. (Opens Thursday)
610 Lexington Avenue (53rd Street), 212-451-9211, barbastion.com.
The restaurateur Shelly Fireman, whose Cafe Fiorello has been across from Lincoln Center for decades, is now also running a restaurant on the cultural campus, next to the Film at Lincoln Center screening room. It’s casual, no reservations; breakfast is served from 8 to 11:30 a.m., and the lunch and dinner menu is available until 5 p.m. Soon, evening hours will be extended until 8 p.m. The menu is partly Italian American. For breakfast, there will be egg and cheese sandwiches, waffles and smoked salmon on a bagel. For lunch and dinner, there’s an array of American sandwich classics like chicken salad, Italian items like meatball Parm, salads, some pastas, pizzas, and eggplant and chicken Parm main dishes.
144 West 65th Street, 212-869-8800, cafeparadisonyc.com.
The Wallace Lounge
In the Wallace Hotel on an Upper West Side side street, there’s now a piano bar and velvet-upholstered lounge showcasing live music, with luxury tidbits alongside. The creator and operator, Andrea Loscalzo, who has the well-established Salumeria Rosi nearby, offers Petrossian caviar service, Wagyu beef sliders, truffled potato croquettes, and smoked beef tartare garnished with gold leaf. There are more than a dozen wines poured by the glass. (Wednesday)
242 West 76th Street, 212-274-8839, thewallacelounge.com.