Vintry is a cozy wine & whiskey bar located on one of Manhattan’s oldest roads, Stone Street (named after its cobblestone paving). The extensive menu (it’s actually a book) contains 18 pages of wines and whiskeys from all over the world. Since I gave up whiskey for Lent, I stuck with wine during this visit, starting with a sweet Muscat-Gewurtztraminer (Vina Esmeralda 2010) and finishing with a floral Sauvignon Blanc-Sancerre (Roger Neveu 2010). Even though I had just eaten dinner an hour before, I took one look at the food menu and couldn’t resist ordering a few dishes — an arugula salad with lemon-thyme vinaigrette, asparagus, and prosciutto (which I reluctantly handed over to a friend to eat since my Lenten sacrifices also included pork); a tuna tartare trio with mango and micro arugula on crispy taro chips; and truffle mushroom cavatelli with mascarpone and sage. The food was sensational! There are so many other dishes containing meat that I am dying to try (veal meatballs, short rib sliders, Kobe beef burgers, the list goes on) — I can’t wait to come back for a full-on meat and whiskey fest. Vintry is an absolute gem!
Vintry: 57 Stone Street
Muscat-Gewurztraminer, Vina Esmeralda, Torres, Catalunya, 2010
Arugula salad with asparagus, prosciutto, and lemon-thyme vinaigrette
Truffle mushroom cavatelli, sage & mascarpone
Tuna tartare, mango, micro arugula & crispy taro root
Sauvignon Blanc, Sancerre, Roger Neveu, Clos de Bouffantes, 2010