Sommeliers and former Hidden Vine managers Nikki Goddard and Sarah Trubnick will be the first to admit the little wine bar languished on 1/2 Cosmo Place, across the street from Le Colonial, for the past few years. (The Tender offers some insight as to what happened.) Tonight, the (literally) underground wine bar will turn over a new leaf when it opens at 5 p.m. as The Barrel Room. Take a peek inside here and see the ladies have made the space look new again, ironically, with the addition of lots of vintage Victorian furnishings. They also touched up the various surfaces of the space, gave it a chocolate and cream paint job (to match the logo) and pasted the walls with pages from a Swiss wine book published in 1969.
In addition to much-expanded bite options curated by Alison McQuade, the wine list has been expanded considerably to appease "everyone from the wine novice to die-hard oenephiles." The list's focus will rotate from the current region of France to a new region every month. Note the space isn't totally done yet either. There's a temporary sign outside, an electric fireplace is still en route and they're eventually bringing in a private chef to expand the menu even further. Also, look for the Hidden Vine to be reborn at 408 Merchant St. in the Financial District some time later this summer or early fall. In the meantime, feel free to tell us if The Barrel Room's flat breads are any good.
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