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Vanguard Wine Bar

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530 Second Ave., New York, NY 10016 40.741925 -73.977752
nr. 30th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-447-9463 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: American Nouveau, French
  • Price Range: $$

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Daily, 5pm-2am

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 28th St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Great Desserts
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Reservations Not Required


  • Beer and Wine Only


Not Accepted


Despite its location next to a movie theater on a busy Second Avenue block, Vanguard is that ever-sought-after idyllic wine bar that balances good drinks with approachable, contemporary small plates. The American food has French influences, which goes nicely with the cozy, wooden tables and low lighting. The wine list speaks directly to casual drinkers; it’s broken up by color, body, and taste. The food is creative without being pretentious; standouts include the straight-forward pimento cheese served with crispy toasts, and mushroom tarte with ricotta cheese and truffle oil. For dessert, the Champagne float, served in a coupe glass, has just enough Champagne to keep your buzz going, with a sweet scoop of vanilla ice cream thrown in for good measure. 


Kitchen closes at midnight.

Recommended Dishes

Kale tartine, $7; mushroom tarte, $12; pimento cheese, $7; Champagne float, $10