Tiny Bars & Bolognese In Gramercy Make For A Winning Combo
Tucked into a tiny (very tiny) space next door to Casa Mono, Bar Jamon is a wine and tapas bar that's been pouring out good wines and even better vibes for more than a decade. It's dark and sexy, and usually filled to the brim with locals grabbing quick drinks before dinner, or couples on dates—that's where you two come in. The pared-down, small plate menu scrawled on the mirror behind the bar in addition to a world-class, all-Spanish wine list and buzzy vibe make it the perfect pre-dinner drink spot.
Rezdora (which means “grandmother” in the Modenese dialect) is a rustic, Italian restaurant anchored in the culinary delights of Emilia-Romagna, a region that includes famous food cities like Bologna, Modena, Parma, and Piacenza. The chef, Stefano Secchi, worked at Michelin three-star Osteria Francescana in Modena—if you watched Master of None, you'll be very familiar. Sitting just a little below street level, the brick-walled room is simple but in the best Italian way, the marble bar is surrounded by plush stools, and a leather banquette running the length of the space serves as seating for a row of small tables. Bellisimo.
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