There are no grapes growing at City Vineyard. That’s lucky for you, because the new wine bar and restaurant in Hudson River Park will need the space when it becomes New York City’s hottest new waterfront rooftop destination.
The new two-story property on Pier 26 from the team behind City Winery kept as much of its space outdoors as possible, with wide terraces bracketing the 75-seat upscale restaurant downstairs, and a more casual wine bar on the rooftop. City Vineyard also ties into the green park surrounding it with ivy and grapevines winding around the columns and walls to give the space “an Italian-esque” setting, says owner Michael Dorf.
“Our theme being wine and vines and green and leafs and grapes integrated well with the idea of a park setting,” he explains.
Unlike City Winery, there won’t be a stage for musical performances. The focus here is on the views — you can see straight to One World Trade in the south and all the way to Chelsea Piers to the north — and the food, which takes its inspiration from the location.
Dorf describes the menus (the outdoor spaces will serve more casual tapas) as “food that people like to drink wine with.” Think a little bit of everything from the people who know best about pairing food and wine: Italian, French, Spanish, Greek, with plenty of seafood to go with the setting.
Of the 150-strong wine list, which will tilt toward whites, about 15 will be from City Winery’s casks and served from taps.