Like the other locations of Vin Sur Vingt around the city, this UWS outpost is a good early-in-the-game date spot. It’s a small, brick-walled wine bar filled with good smells from the food being made behind the bar, like tartines and shareable charcuterie plates. The long, all-French wine list has over 50 options available by the glass, and you can also try things in flights of three or five glasses.
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Excuse My French
A funny little French tapas bar on the Lower East Side, with some really tasty food.
An Upper East Side French restaurant from Michael White with very good food. It's fancy, without being too formal.
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If you’re looking for a place to hang out, drink, and play board games on the UWS, e’s Bar is your very best option. Added bonus: they serve food.
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The Dead Poet is a solid neighborhood bar with both daytime and late-night Happy Hours.
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