Sun-Thu, 4pm-1am; Fri-Sat 4pm-2am
1 at Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq.
Cloistered between brownstones and boutiques, Turks and Frogs puts a surprisingly laid-back, Ottoman-tinged spin on the West Village’s antiquated wine-bar formula. Of the nine, unusual Turkish varieties scattered among the nearly 100 mainstay bottles, the fruity, medium-bodied Kalecik Karasi stands out but dryer options sync just as well with Mediterranean appetizers like dolma and hummus platters. The decor—square wooden tables and tea candles—evokes a cozy corner café, rather than the lush Turkish motherland. A cushioned, grandfatherly leather sofa and overstuffed den chairs in an anteroom in the back are perfect for sinking into with your glass. Some of the décor flourishes—iron chandeliers, Old World paintings—can be found elsewhere in the neighborhood. But few of Turks and Frog’s peers boast such a notable wine list.
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