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Wine Tasting

Posted by on January 12, 2011 in Projects | 4 comments

For our Jan/Feb inspiration issue, I am writing a story exploring food trends for 2011. One that stands out: the increase in mom and pop shops.
    Interestingly enough, just before the holidays I had the chance to stop in one of our office neighborhood's newest, bahr|ché, housed in the Gwathmey Siegal glass residential tower on Astor Place in the East Village. French for "above wine cellar," the wine and cheese bar is the brainchild of Camille Glickman, a former Wall Streeter who has always loved to entertain people in her home and dreamed of turning her passion into a business. For it, she chose some of her favorite New York purveyors—Murray's Cheese, Tumbador Chocolate, Black Hound Cakes, Intelligentsia Coffees and Teas, D'Artagnan, and Bouchon Bakery. (Oh, did I mention, they also serve light fare, coffee and tea, and decadent desserts.)
    Designed by New York architect Richard Bloch (responsible for Dovetail, Masa, and Le Bernardin), the space is cozy, split into two areas: a small dining area with tables and chairs where three ply panels lay in random fashion on the walls, and a lounge area tucked within a curved window wall facing a small park. The space shimmers thanks to 14-foot ceilings covered in metal mesh with suspended crystals. Yet the focal point is the massive wine display (which holds roughly 1,500 bottles) that forms the backdrop of the 15-seat bar. "The wine wall draws your attention the minute you walk in the room," Bloch says. "There is a whimsy and liveliness to the design, which reflects the type of experience patrons will have at bahr|ché."
    I imagine and am excited for many after-work glasses of wine.


Photos by Christopher Moy