Vintage Wine Bar just below Sansom on 13th Street, the area was not known for its restaurants - Stephen Starr's El Vez was a lone bright spot, Marcie Turney’s Lolita had opened just a year prior, and check cashing stores, laundromats and cheap pizza lined the block. Fast forward to 2012, and Midtown Village is one of the hottest restaurant zones in the city. The culinary bar in the neighborhood is now higher than ever, and Vintage is getting into the game with its first menu overhaul in six and a half years of operation.
Chef Dan James trained in Napa Valley and recently worked in kitchens at Brasserie Perrier, Southwark and Pub & Kitchen. At Vintage, he’ll keep the focus on French-inspired bistro fare, adding classics such as pot-au-feu, a croque monsieur and salad Niçoise, each with his signature touch. Additionally, the brick-and-burgundy wine bar will offer a brand new burger, chosen by popular vote during a monthlong trial. The winning patty comes topped with bacon, Cabot cheddar, cornichon aïoli, bibb lettuce and pickled onion, with a side of house fries.
The wine list was also revised for the fall season, and the bar is offering its first-ever list of signature cocktails, with sips like the Manhattan Port Authority (Makers Mark, ruby port, orange bitters) and the French 22 (Ketel One, Luxardo Maraschino, lemon, Lillet). There’s also a large selection of beers from Europe and around the world and several local crafts on tap.