By Jerry Del Priore
If lower Manhattan’s isn’t your first thought when it comes to getting your drink on, Vintry Wine & Whiskey Bar could possibly change your mind. Offering a plethora of Whiskeys (the only hard alcohol they serve) from around the world and 80 wines (normally served by the bottle) available in two and five ounce tastings, Vintry will make even the stuffiest of Wall Street executives forget about the volatile stock market.
You won’t find the silver bullet on the menu, but you can indulge on brews such as Farmhouse Saisson Ale and Chimay Blue.
If sparkling wines are more your taste and price is not an issue, two ounces of the Taittinger, Cuvée Prestige Brut, Rosé, Reims, or N.V. ($10) will suit your blue-blooded palate well.
However, if you want the best bang for your buck, a two-ounce tasting of sparkling wine such as Paul Cheneau, Blanc de Blancs, Cava, Brut, or Spain, N.V. ($4.50) are a lot more comforting to your wallet, and the results are pretty much the same.
If you’re not man enough for whiskey straight up, you can put your training wheels on and try the Flaming Bubinga (named after the stylish redwood from which the bar is made), a mix of Highland Park 12-year-old single malt scotch (I have ties older than that), Blume Marillen apricot eau-de-vie, lemon and blood orange. Or you can sip on a Vintry GQ—a concoction of Bushmills “black bush” Irish whiskey, white peach, lime and fresh mint.
As for its fare, the Lobster Stuffed Mushrooms and the Mozzarella di Bufala with basil and olive oil are great appetizer options. The Apple Tarte Tatin dessert, followed by Vintry Hot Cider laced with cinnamon and spiked with Dewar’s, is the perfect way to cap and evening and prepare to brave New York City’s harsh elements on a frigid night.
Note: Vintry utilizes Napa Technology wine stations high-tech wine dispensers that control the amount of wine poured on certain vintages to help preserve its freshness once a bottle is uncorked.
Vintry is located at 57 Stone Street between Coenties & Mill.