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Hours: Dinner: seven days
Open late: Tuesday-Saturday till 11, bar on Saturday till 3

Price: $$$$

Alpana Singh's multilevel cellar, bar, and wine-centric dining room.

Restaurant Details

Alpana Singh, a master sommelier perhaps better known for her ten years on Check, Please!, may be just the person to bring wine to the everyman. Her quadruple-decker restaurant comprises a rollicking ground-floor bar overshadowed by an extraordinary ceiling fixture (imagine God dumping an ocean of pinot noir on your head) and a third-floor dining room with a mezzanine. The 30-page wine list has options at most price points, bottoming out at $38 and including many in the $40-$60 range. Old World wines are in the majority, classic grapes abound, and though it's slight on Australians and South Africans, the west coast and South America make their mark. And if the search for the right bottle is too exhausting, there are 14 "top wines of the moment" and the same number of options by the glass. The menu is likewise manifold: in the bar you'll find cheese and charcuterie, pizzas, fries, oysters; upstairs are snacky, drunky, deep-fried things—lobster poutine, battered cauliflower nuggets—along with a series of formulaic entrees. It could be a stringy brick of short rib blanketed in crushed hazelnuts and paired with sweet potato puree or lukewarm slabs of red venison and poached persimmons resting in pureed parsnip—the effect is the same. You're eating meat and potatoes, and the more you eat the more difficult it'll be to heave yourself out of your chair. There are some vibrant smaller plates—linguine with spicy linguica sausage, steak tartare glazed with caper aioli—but the bulk of the menu fails to match the sense of discovery that the wine list inspires. Read the full review >>

Mike Sula

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Price: $$$$

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Alpana Singh, a master sommelier best known for her ten years on Check, Please!, may be just the person to bring wine to everyman. Her quadruple-level restaurant features a late-night rathskeller and a rollicking ground-floor bar overshadowed by an extraordinary ceiling fixture built with nearly 10,000 inverted stem glasses (imagine God dumping an ocean of pinot noir on your head). It's loud and it's packed with one of the most age-diverse crowds in the city, washing down unapologetically trashy bar food like pizza, poutine, and pork-stuffed tater tots to a soundtrack that veers from AC/DC and Def Leppard to Nicki Minaj and Rihanna. The 30-page wine list has options at most price points, bottoming out at $38 and including many in the $40-$60 range. Old World wines are in the majority, classic grapes abound, and though it's slight on Australians and South Africans, the west coast and South America make their mark. And if the search for the right bottle is too exhausting, there are 14 "top wines of the moment" and the same number of options by the glass. —Mike Sula

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