Mon-Wed, 5pm-midnight; Thu-Sat, 5pm-2am; Sun, 5pm-11pm
C, E at 50th St.
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Midtown West’s luxury-apartment boom has done more than transform the once tenement-lined side streets of Hell’s Kitchen. It’s paved the way for sleek new watering holes like Ardesia, the wine bar on the ground floor of the LEED-certified Archstone Clinton complex. There’s a 30-seat patio, a banquette-lined lounge, and a Venetian-marble bar backed by a two-story wine wall. The list emphasizes “mineral-driven” bottles expressive of terroir, with a by-the-glass selection ranging from a $8 Tramin Lagrein to a $20 Pommery. To accompany them, chef Amorette Casaus, late of El Quinto Pino, offers light bites like deviled eggs with chicharrones, goat milk ricotta crostini, and house-cured duck banh mi sandwich with pickled vegetables.