This wine bar-slash-restaurant and once aquarium is tucked away in the nether regions of Chinatown. Bacaro are what are known in Italy as workingman’s tapas or “cichetti” bars. The romantic and almost whimsical nooks and crannies in the low-lit bottom cellar are fun for wandering. You can even book their quasi secret and hidden private room. The look is very similar to Peasant’s cellar, a restaurant which is also owned by Bacaro’s owner/chef. The wine list, which is from Veneto and neighboring northern regions of Italy is a tad pricey. The “ombra” (the Venetian name for a tiny glass) start at $7 (nothing working-class about that).
Hours: Tue-Sun, 6pm-midnight; Mon, closed
136 Division St., nr. Ludlow St., NY 10002 212-941-5060
A delightful little place. They went for the cottage house look and pulled it off beautifully. The ambiance is nice and relaxed, after all the wine bar is situated in (yuppie, but not as stuffy as Park Slope and with nicer moms) Carroll Gardens, a block away from the bustling Smith St. The yummy small plates go quite well with the very decent wine list. A glass of wine starts at $6.50
Hours Daily, 5pm-midnight
415 Union St., at Hoyt St. Brooklyn, NY 11231 718-522-4340
I wondered in here one night when I was celebrating my promotion. I thought it was perfect. I love the decadent red velvety decoration that miraculously comes off as being in good taste rather than tacky. The place tries to bring french wines to American palates. But, they compromise and offer beer and wine derived cocktails too. A great place for a rainy afternoon, especially nice if you come with someone who cares to weigh in on Paul Krugman’s latest NYTs article and the general malaise of capitalistic society.
Hours: Sun-Thu, 5pm-2am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-3am
111 E. 7th St., nr. First Ave. 10009 212-475-2246