Carroll Garden Wine Bars
520 Court St. 11231
Cross Streets: Huntington & Nelson St.
Hours: Sun-Thu 5pm-Midnight, Fri-Sat 5pm-1am
An edgy-esque wine and tapas joint from Alessandro Peluso (Bocca and Cacio e Pepe) and Alessandro Piliego (the House) is the newest comer onto this Carroll Cardens’ block. And, they are serving all things Spanish influenced, from the wine to the small plates to the design.
If you are interested in trying sherry, they have about a dozen. Affordable whites from the NorthWest, juicy reds from the SouthEast and maybe even a dense Garnacha from the NorthEast regions are on the list too. You will even find a few beers to pair with your nibbles. But, you won’t find any hard liquor on the menu; just order one of the wine cocktails instead.
No matter, you’ll have enough delectable elixirs to help wash down the the assortment of traditional tapas – a menu full of charcuterie, meatballs, and sandwiches. And just to keep things on edge, they’ll offer daily specials “with a little bit of flair,” such as today’s house-cured salmon carpaccio with watercress apples and horseradish.
Don’t forget to check out your surroundings… they built the 38-seat counter/ bar top with tiles from a 180-year-old church in Uruguay, the chandeliers are cast-iron, and there are even a few pieces by the Colombian artist Fernando Botero (yes, the same dude who created the large – undressed – Adam at the Time Warner Building). The seating is all bar height, with two communal tables up front and five or six two-tops in the back.