Mon-Fri, 5pm-2am; Sat-Sun, 6pm-2am
A, C, E at 14th St.; L at Eighth Ave.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
At Ara Wine Bar, comfort exists in the intimate, earth-toned backspace, where highly-polished loungers chat it up on the cushy, U-shaped banquette piled with brightly-colored, over-stuffed pillows. The bar staff has as laidback an attitude as the patrons, and they are happy to help navigate the long, eclectic list of mid-priced wines offered by the glass or bottle. A modest beer and specialty drink selection complements light, crisp, red-berry sangria potently spiked with Brandy and Triple Sec. Moderately priced “small bites” appease your hunger with mini tandoori chicken pizzas and Mediterranean and cheese sampler plates.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.