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The not-so-new Epistrophy is darling on Sunday nights!

18 May

As we head into the weekend  I think back to where I was last Sunday, a sweet little spot that’s been around forever but is clearly loved just the right amount.

Epistrophy on Mott is an Italian-ish cafe/wine bar named after a Thelonious Monk/Kenny Clark jazz standard. Sundays are especially charming, when a lively jazz band sets the mood. We sat by large windows that opened onto outdoor tables and wished our lives were Midnight in Paris.

Comfy and rustic, Epistrophy feels lived in—but you won’t be grossed out. The table bread has the consistency of cupcakes.The wine list is reasonable ($25 carafes, $18 house carafes!). Small-ish plates. Low lighting. Some hipsters. Cash only. I went with friends but it would make a good date spot. Or you could just sit at the bar and get lost in the music. Although it would help if you had a few tats. And a backless, bra-less unitard.

Corkbuzz is for grown-ups

20 Mar


Despite all its conveniences (and I don’t mean TGIF), Union Square can be overwhelming for visitors, especially adults over 30 who may be confused by students sleeping under an Occupy Wall Street banner.

Luckily there is now a calm and sophisticated place to pop in for a drink and plan your next move. Tucked away on 13th Street, the newish Corkbuzz Wine Studio features inviting, stylish decor with rustic touches. Stop in for a nibble of cheese and an unusual glass of wine (I tried a Chinon from the Loire Valley); sit on the couch by the front window if it’s still light out. With pours priced around $15, this place is not for kids—and that’s exactly why I’ll be bringing my mom when she comes to the city in a few weeks.

PLUS! Corkbuzz is also a place to learn about wines. In addition to classes, other educational events include themed dinners, Bring Your Own Bottle Night and the weekly Blind Tasting Happy Hour (Fridays at 5pm).

Photo: Originally published in WSJ.