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Wine Bars Invade the Upper West Side

Wine Bottles. Photo: Tarallucci E Vino

Leslie Albrecht of DNA Info put together a great piece about the influx of chi-chi wine bars on the Upper West Side. Want to know where to go?  Leslie will guide you up and down the avenues.

Leslie called me to get my take on the trend. As I said to her: “They started out in the so-called cool neighborhoods and then business is good and they want to expand…. “Instead of going to Teaneck, [restaurants] go to the closest ‘burb, the Upper West Side.

Conventional wisdom among the city’s fooderati is that Upper West Siders singularly favor those old yiddishe standbys, lox and chocolate babka.

But maybe restaurateurs are waking up to the broader food tastes in the nabe. Food sophisticates do exist above 14th Street. Really.

What do you think? Is the Upper West Side becoming hip??

Here are some of the wine bars that Leslie singled out:

Tarallucci e Vino

The Tangled Vine

Bar Luna

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