120 E 15th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.734679 -73.988456
Neighborhoods: Gramercy Park, Midtown
Best Lobster Bisque I have ever had – This cozy place in the Union Sqaure area is my new favorite. I love it for drinks, food, hanging out, whatever. They never rush you out, and it is such a great place to sit and chat. Different from other places in the area... love it.
Absinthe Absinthe Absinthe – I heard about this place from a friend who went to their grand opening party and tried the absinthe drinks they make- I have never tried absinthe and I was really curious so I went on a Saturday night to try it- it was not what I expected but it was realllly good. I wasn't hallucinating or anything but I had a good time. This is a great, comfortable place to come and drink. Didn't try the food so I can't review it.
Love this place – I like this place so much, I'm 100% going back. It was delicious, unique, and overall a really great experience. I had the salad with tomato, and i think an olive spread of some kind-forget the name but it was very flavorful. Next I had some lobster bisque- very cool presentation. I had some drinks with the friends I was with and I thought they were priced fairly. I ordered absolut and sprite- but they didn't carry absolut. I had a lesser known vodka that I can't remember the name of either- it was great and I need to go back to find out what it was called so I get grab a bottle for myself. All in all, great time- nice staff. I'll be back this weekend.
Drinks were fine, food was a below average to absolutely awful – My friend and I both live in the neighbourhood so we thought we'd check it out one Friday a few weeks ago. I would never order food there again. It was so horrible. We started with a salad that had prosciutto wrapped around some lettuce. It was okay, though kind of random and definitely no special flavors or anything. Then we ordered a dish that was eggplant caponatina on bread. The eggplant topping was fine, but the same as you'd get out of a jar, again nothing special, and the bread was like a baguette that you would get in a small town grocery store in some rural po-dunk town -- i.e. basically a stick of wonder bread. I couldn't believe they'd serve this in a New York "wine bar." We got arancini-balls, which were the best thing we ordered but were still pretty average. The waitress also recommended the gnocchi, which was by far the worst. The sauce was totally bland and had chopped up uncooked flavorless tomato pieces in it. The actual gnocchi was barely warm and not cooked and tasted like flour and water mixed together and made into small flat squares. The whole food situation was just completely not up to the standard of any place I've been in New York except for one random awful place around Times Square.
The manager was super-nice and took the gnocchi off our bill since we barely ate any (we didn't have to complain, he just noticed it). He was friendly and nice, but sadly the food was still pretty horrible.
I would have been terribly embarrassed if I had brought someone here. Thank god my friend and I had both wanted to check it out so I wasn't responsible for us being there.
If you're looking for a wine bar vibe, try Bar Jamon (the best) or Bar Veloce instead.
ny chef needs a job here?!!?!? – I came here with my wife and everything was perfect. My wife started to annoy the waiter to bring out the chef and hire me. Unfortunately they didn't but I'll keep trying- in all seriousness here's my review
We had a meat and cheese plate to start paired with a nice pinot noir. The condiments served with the meat and cheese were excellent. We then tried the lobster bisque (presentation and taste were excellent), chikcen meatballs (decent...not the biggest fan of thyme but my wife loved them), rice b*lls *citysearch wouldnt let me write ricebals!!!!* (tomatillo sauce was an unbelievable compliment), the scallops served over a potato salad (the creme fraiche with caviar was a good choice to serve with), and finally the doughnuts which were recommended by the wait staff. WIth a glass of dessert wine, the doughnuts were the best thing we had.
The exeprience was worth posting a review about so I would recommend this place to the average person who wanted great food, ambiance and service.
I liked it a lot – I recently visited Vintage Irving with a group of friends after someone I work with told me to go. You could almost miss it because there wasn't a sign when I was there- but I'm happy I didn't. Right away, you feel a warm vibe in the place- it isn't overly trendy or anything like that. It has a nice feel. Good music was playing, which is probably more important to me than most. We sat down, tried some of the absinthe drinks that I was told to try by my friend, and shared different plates of interesting menu items. I thought it was more than reasonably priced for the quality of food, and anywhere you can try absinthe and banana bread beer in the same bar, works for me. I would absolutely go back and plan to so I can try some more.
Terrible – We went to Vintage Irving the other night with some friends from out of town, and I all I can say is I had to apologize 10 times after dinner. In a city where you can find great restaurants everywhere this place was terrible. It took nearly thirty minutes to get a bottle of wine and a beer, and the food was just awful. We all felt sick when we left. Never ever ever go there, its garbage. Crappy food, bad service, good luck keeping the doors open.
really, really, REALLY good – After leaving another local restaurant due to the wait on a rainy Saturday, my boyfriend and I opted for this place after I had read some reviews online. Best decision ever...it draws a good crowd, but isn't overly packed and the food is to die for (the chicken meatballs are insane). If you like tapas and wine, this is definately your spot. It was honestly one of the best meals I've had in a while. Their wine selection is also fantastic. GO!!!!
Spectacular Wining and Dining. – I was entertaining some out-of-town friends and came across Vintage Irving. After two bottles of wine and a bunch of delicious plates, we head over to the after party at SIDEbar, which is located right next door. The following day, we went back to Vintage to try more varieties of wine because we didn't have nearly enough time to do so during the first visit. I think it may take me many, many more weekends to try out everything. I'm excited I have a new place to hang out.. Great for dates and a fantastic joint overall. Most importantly, at the end of the weekend, my friends left the City smiling with content.. Thanks to Vintage, and me of course.
Great Grapes, Great Grain. – I was walking around my neighborhood last night when I stumbled across this wonderful Wine bar. I was kindly greeted by an extremely warm and friendly staff. I immediately called my girlfriends to come meet me for drinks.. I was pretty sure of myself that they wouldn't be able to turn down a menu of this caliber and I was right! If you love wine, this is the place to be. Extensive WINE/cocktail/beer selection, perfectly portioned food, a lovely, relaxed atmosphere and a real score. Discovering a place like Vintage Irving, rarely occurs. I suggest that once you get out of the office, head over!
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