Mon-Sat, 5:30pm-2am; Sun, 3:30pm-1am
1 at 79th St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Cava is a cozy little wine bar in a neighborhood where libations usually come cheaper: The quiet, intimate spot is a lovely antidote to nearby frat bars Bourbon Street and Brother Jimmy’s. The low lighting and colorful, semi-abstract nudes on the walls set a casually romantic mood, and the small plates are perfect for a light meal (try the standout Vieras—grilled scallops in a creamy coconut sauce). There are over twenty wines offered by the glass, and another eighty or so by the bottle; wines are culled from all over the world. Bottles start at around $30 and the steepest is around $200; most fall somewhere in the middle.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.