Mon-Thu, 4pm-1am; Fri, 4pm-2am; Sat, 2pm-2am; Sun, 2pm-1am
1, 2, 3 at 72nd St.; B, C at 72nd St.
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Wine and Roses is not shy about employing its namesake flower in as many ways as possible: roses on tables, and petals are scattered on the ground in the outside seating area. The sort-of-cheesy romantic vibe continues through to the bar’s back story: the place itself was a gift to the previous owner from her husband on their 25th wedding anniversary. Otherwise, the focus is on wine–each selection on the menu is described quasi-poetically (think phrases like “layers of iron” and “dried flowers and blackberry”) and offerings change monthly. But the knowledgeable, decidedly unpretentious staff will not dissuade you from ordering a Pinot Grigio with your plate of assorted meats. A moderate food menu (small plates, rich chocolate desserts) is also available, as well as a small selection of beers. The cozy space steadily fills with pairs of after-work corporate casuals starting around seven in the evening, but rarely feels too crowded.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.