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) ...in 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 destinations...plus 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.
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