1, 2, 3 at 96th St.
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The tall tables, inviting wraparound bar, and seductive red-paper lamps feel a bit too familiar, but this neighborhood wine bar has a surprisingly affordable list with a global purview. Offerings come from France, Italy, and Germany, in addition to the expected Spain and Latin America, and most quartinos are between $10 and $19. Two beers, Estrella and Alhambra, are served as an afterthought. Chef Misha Ryklin is behind inventive tapas like slow roasted Berkshire Pork Belly with pickled watermelon. Home-cured olives sit in a large glass jar next to the homemade sangria, and there's a strange pleasure in quietly contemplating the ingredients while sipping a caipirinha at the cool marble bar.
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