Sunday, March 25, 2012


26 Astor Place (Cooper Square entrance)

An intimate spot that is a welcome addition to the often grungy ST. Marks/East Village neighborhood- BAHR CHÉ serves carefully curated wines by the glass and bottle- and small plates (appetizers, cheese plates, pates,  charcuterie, desserts) a sophisticated atmosphere that's a good date night destination.

We met a pal there and each had the sparkling Raventos l"Hereu "de Nit" Cava Rose NV from Spain ($14 glass)-very tasty and a nice mid week choice .

There are other, more full and light bodied reds and whites from various global dessert wines to go with the dessert menu...with glasses starting at $11 (for dessert wines)----and the most expensive bottle, a Thienot Brut NV Champagne $136---though the list changes.

With soaring ceilings, shelves elegantly stacked with wine, candle lit tables with enough space between--- and a roomy bar----the atmosphere is grown-up, and though we were there on an uncrowded Wednesday night,  even when full ---Bahr Ché would be very civilized.

Eats wise, we had the tasty Lobster and Black Truffle Mac'n Cheese ($16) gently flavored with truffle oil....and the Grand Degustation Cheese Plate $25...with a good assortment of hard/soft pungent and mild cheeses from several countries including Swiss and French.  The portions are on the small size---so those with an appetite should probably order a few selections.

The service was attentive and unhurried...and a good reason why others sipping away seemed to be gal pals catching up on life.

WHAT ELSE: Wine flights including the "one array flight" a blind 3 glass wine tasting ...$19