Waterfront. Rooftop. Wine bar. Need we say more?
The team behind City Winery has a new project now open on the Hudson waterfront. City Vineyard is your new wine bar and restaurant destination hitting both of the warm-weather musts: cooling breezes off the river and rooftop views. The team has transformed Pier 26 in Hudson River Park into an Italy-inspired setting with grapevines and ivy climbing the walls and Mediterranean tapas chosen specifically to pair with the wines.
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We asked owner Michael Dorf to share some of his favorite spots around the neighborhood — after all, he’s lived there for 25 years.
Best for late night:“My favorite spot — and I’m not a super late-night person anymore — is on my walk home from City Winery, The Greek. It’s a small restaurant, they have one of the greatest Greek salads I’ve ever had, and a really fun wine list.” 458 Greenwich St.
Catching up with friends:“When I go for a group meal, I like going to Tribeca Grill — you can’t go wrong. They can usually accommodate, it’s consistent food quality, always a good wine list, and you can talk. They do a tuna burger that’s really great.” 375 Greenwich St.
Favorite under $10 meal: "I am so miserly and such a cheapskate, I will do everything possible to eat at City Winery consistently. It’s sometimes embarrassing — people say, ‘You’ve had lunch here 32 days in a row, don’t you want to go somewhere else?’ And I go, ‘Yeah, but who’s treating?’”
Out-of-town guests:“Nobu is always a hands-down winner if you’re in the mood to spend a lot of money and have a really unique dinner. Get the chef’s special — they just keep bringing [food] out, and drinking sake out of a bamboo pitcher is always just incredible.” 105 Hudson St.
Hidden gem:“I like Giorgione — no one gives it its due, but it’s a really good Italian restaurant. I like their clam pizza, their basic penne pomodoro, and they work hard to get some real truffles and incorporate it into all kinds of things.” 307 Spring St.
Date night:“I’m a big fan of Colicchio & Sons, I think that’s a fun and lovely date night place. The place I’ve gone to the most for date night though, if I were to add it up over 20 years of date nights, is Babbo. We love Babbo — I think it has the finest pasta in all of the city.” 110 Waverly Place
Going solo:“When I’m alone and I’m in the mood, I’ll walk into Chinatown. I don’t have a favorite Chinese restaurant but I’ll check out different places. I love that kind of experience.”