192 E 2nd St, New York, NY | Directions 1000940.722279 -73.984106
Neighborhoods: Alphabet City, Downtown, East Village
great food; great service – Davis, the bartender, knows EVERYTHING about the wines. Tell him what you like and he'll produce it. Food is consistently good - I am a neighborhood regular. My favorites are the oxtail ravioli, tuna, and the beef carpaccio.
One of my favorite spots – Excellent wine bar, great staff, cool vibe, and very good, well-priced food. Only drawbacks are when drunken uptown or non-East Village denizens arrive, or overflow from Il Bagatto next door and ruin the delicate vibe in there (it's small and it's easy to find oneself annoyed by loud, obnoxious lingerers who don't pick up on the enoteca vibe they're going for and treat the place like any other bar in the East Village. Best time to go is during the week for that reason.
What happened to the Enoteca, Mama? – By far, Il Posto Acanto has been the best kept wine bar secret in NY (and I fear sharing its name here may destroy that). No place could compare with its selection, its relatively mixed crowd (adults are often in attendance) and its civility. But something's happened. Lately, the bar has been loud and rowdy, something that belies its description on the wine bar menu ("We do not allow parties of more than 6, so that we may replicate the true Enoteca experience found in Rome..." or something like that). Former bar keep used to recommend wines (excellent in their choices), then leave one alone (very much alone, I add thankfully) to one's own devices. Now, a new addition to the bar staff in particular feels the need to intrude (persistently) between your peace and quiet and that glass of nice wine you've just purchased. Why? Mama (the gregarious owner and chef of the restaurant next door) -- are you listening?
i must respond to the review above – great wine, great food, great staff, great atmosphere...
as for the reviewer above -- seven credit cards -- did you ask for seperate checks to begin with?? i would have yelled at you too!
You couldn't pay me to go there again. – I went with a party of 7, all of whom just started working together. We had a nice dinner - nice wait staff, kind of small portions, but good wine - and at the end each of us put in a credit card (i.e. 7 cards) to split the bill. I'll admit, it can be a pain to split it that many ways, but every restaurant in NY will do it. They end up making out on the tip anyway. All of a sudden the owner aggresively charges out of the back of the restaurant to yell at us that there is no way we can pay with 7 cards. We mention that it is a group of colleagues, many in from out of town, so we had all planned to pay separately. As I was the one being most directly yelled at by him, I tried to explain this to him, and asked him why he was insulting us. He responded, "That wasn't me insulting you... THIS is me insulting you!" as he literally got in my face. Finally he said they would take the cards, but he never wanted to see any of us in his restaurant again. He kicked us outside as soon as everyone had signed.
At one point I asked one of the wait staff what the manager's problem was, and she responded that it was the owner, not the manager... I couldn't believer an owner would treat clientel like that. Never mind why someone would work for such a person, but I implore anyone who reads this to never, ever go to this place. People like this guy deserve to be out of business.
Italian Perfection – This is the best bar in New York City. It is awesome. The wine is fabulous and the sommiers are wonderful. They won't push the most expensive down your throat, but they'll help you get *good* stuff and they are super freindly. The atmosphere is perfect! It's causal, but nice. Not stuffy at all but not noisy and roudy. It is sooooooo great. It's my new favorite bar. If you like wine you *must* give it a go. You'll thank me.
Truly Italian – If you have travelled to Italy and find yourself yearning for the comfort of the country, then this place is for you. The wine list is fabulous and the bites to eat are wonderful. It's truly Italian -- so be ready for a cultural experience. If you are more comfortable with American versions of Italian life, this isn't for you. Also, this is a great place for a romantic date.
Not for everyone – You love wine, intense Italian cuisine and taking a back seat in decision making - this is for you. The flavors are unique and familiar which means - go with it. There is an attitude, but a respectible one. You respect food and wine then leave it to the prefessionals, its thats good.
A perfect Italian enoteca transplanted to the East Village. – The Scene
Friends chatting over a glass of Chianti; singles eating at the bar with only a book for company; Italian expats stopping in to catch up with the bartenders--Il Posto welcomes them all. The communal table seats 12 and the bar 9, so on weekends the place can fill up fast, particularly with the overflow from Il Bagatto. But the vibe is always casual, thanks to the low music, the abundance of tall, flickering candles and the cool-as-cucumber staff.
Il Posto's tasty snacks include a selection of pressed panini (try the sampler of four), cheese and meat plates, toasts with toppings and two hot greens, nuts, cheese and oil mixtures served with rustic bread and in little crock-pots. Everything is handmade, so service can be slow. To complement the food, red and white Italian wines are available by the bottle, 1/2 and 1/4 carafe, and a dozen or so can be had by the glass.
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