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25A Vin sur vingt is one of those charmers that feels like a ‘bar du vin’ plucked out of Le Marais in Paris. An oenophile’s dream, the proprietor Sebastian Auvet is a true Francophile who is passionate about his choices as a sommelier and eager to share them with the world. Offering a rotating menu of over 50 wines by the glass you can taste hard to find vintages as well as obscure wines from smaller vineyards from the famous French wine regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the Loire Valley which pair perfectly with his French bistro fare including a curated selection of charcuterie and cheeses. With three locations in Manhattan, you can relive the romance of Paris in their Flatiron, West Village or midtown locations. Vin sur Vingt 1140 Broadway, NYC, 646.922.7700

Savor the flavors of summer all year round at BKB in the Bohemian National Hall on the Upper East Side. Famous for their East Hampton sea to table restaurant, Bay Kitchen Bar and Sag Harbor’s Madison & Main, father and son owners Eric and Adam Miller have brought the same offerings to Manhattan so displaced Hamptonites can still fulfill their lobster roll cravings. Their seafood centric menu offers an array of fresh choices such as an extensive raw bar, marinated ceviche of fluke, scallop or yellowfin tuna, crab cakes, steamer clams, or salmon with a lobster glaze. Carnivores can also delve into scrumptious locally sourced meat dishes such as Long Island roasted duck or wagyu shortribs braised in cabernet making this a Manhattan institution for the fresh flavors from the East End. BKB 321 East 73 Street, NYC, 212.861.1038

More than just sushi, Executive Chef David Nunez brings Asian-Latino fusion to new heights melding the signature flavors of Japan and the Dominican Republic,. Their extensive menu exemplifies the melting pot of New York with unique culinary combinations such as the La Chichigua with crispy Muscovy duck, mango and dynamite Kani sauce or the Hot Mama with tuna tartar, smoked salmon, jalapeno & sweet plaintain. One of their new offerings is the El Tolete roll which is like a loaded sushi burrito filled with ingredients such as shrimp and onion tempura, bacon, fried cheese, steak, sweet plaintain topped with spicy kani and sofrito. An Inglewood neighborhood favorite, this may be one of Manhattan’s liveliest spots with Karaoke Tuesdays and Salsa Thursdays. Mama Sushi 237 Dyckman Avenue, NYC, 212.544.0003

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Profile for 25A magazine

Oct issue 2015  

Oct issue 2015