Terroir: This tiny East Village wine bar is a fun local spot. The food might not blow you away, but it is worth dropping by one evening. Sit at the end of the bar by the “kitchen” (it’s a tiny corner) and ask the chef what you should eat (this is generally how one should order. You don’t know what is best. Have you been prepping, cooking and assembling the dishes on the menu for over 10 hours a day everyday? I don’t think so. If you have any sense of adventure and have a desire to grow as a gastronome, which I hope you do since you are reading this, take my advice. When you are lucky enough to be in such a position, take advantage of it! You generally won’t be disappointed.) I recommend the Grilled Calamari Salad with Smoked Chick Peas, Olives and Celery. It’s light and smokey and rather delightful. As for the wine, yes with a name like Terroir you should have some expectations, they have an option of getting a decent selection of wine by the glass or…by the half glass. This is beautiful and rare. Here the half glass is half the price of the full glass and the bartender or sommelier tends to make it a generous pour. He’s pretty knowledgable and he’ll also let you try pretty much anything. It’s a wonderful way to get out of your comfort zone and try some new wines. I even had a sherry for dessert that paired beautifully with our Chocolate Budino with Candied Hazelnuts- it’s like a pudding for classy people. The whole experience was cozy and personal, not your average New York night, and so definitely worth a trip back.
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