Vinateria: Uptown Wine and Dine

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Today’s Harlem mixes modern sophistication with a neighborhood feel. Vinateria is a prime example, and it’s a great destination for romance in New York. Step inside and you and your date will immediately catch the high-style, low-pretense vibe. A zinc-topped bar beckons, where you can get loose with an exotic tipple like a house margarita tricked out with cilantro and pear nectar. Spend a moment taking in the well-dressed crowd. A corner herb garden and an open window to the kitchen fill the space with appetizing scents. It may be time to find a table. Repurposed church pews wait along the perimeter, where you and your sweetheart will be flattered by the light from vintage lamps. The menu offers the seasonal best of Italian and Spanish cuisine. Savor homemade pastas like black spaghetti, topped with breadcrumbs and meltingly tender octopus. For entrées, the chicken is organic, and the beef is grass-fed. The wine list synchs with both food and philosophy: the vintages come from small providers with big-time taste. Desserts change regularly, but hopefully your visit will be timed right for the scrumptious crème brûlée. It makes the perfect rich ending to an easygoing night.

Related: Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Favorite Places in Harlem

Vinateria

2221 Frederick Douglass Blvd New York NY 10026

(212) 662-8462

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