Nestled in a row of Astoria townhouses, this intimate—think the size of an East Village studio—wine bar is ideal for choosy locals with Manhattan tastes and Ditmars addresses. With its ultralow lighting, exposed brick walls, and restored tin ceiling that hangs almost low enough to touch, the space exudes speakeasy glam with a low-maintenance vibe. The carefully selected rotating wine list (available by the quartino or bottle) includes Spanish reds and Super Tuscans. The less-pricey nibbles include Italian cheese plates and a range of frilly panini with fior di latte cheese and truffle oil, while the beer list offers a selection of a dozen rotating craft drafts and a variety of rare bottles. Thursday through Saturday, the place is packed with date-night couples and pregaming singles on their way to the city, but on quieter nights you’re likely to find locals talking politics or aspiring musicians on their way to the nearest open mike.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.