When deciding where to dine recently one night after work, I remembered my ever running list of restaurants. Ever since opening I have continuously had my eye on Vinateria, a small chic restaurant on Harlem's booming 8th avenue. This dark restaurant nestled on the corner, has outdoor seating during the summer, and a dark sexy vibe on the inside. With influences by way of Spain and Italy, the seasonal menu and sparkling tables, I knew we were in the right place for a great dinner after.
Starting the evening off with glasses of Lambrusco and Rose, my dining partner and I dove right into the menu. With the help of our server and our appetite for fabulous foods, we ordered several things in courses, because hey all we had was time. I love ordering large amounts of food with friends and having the kitchen send out food as its ready. It gives you time to savor the moment with friends and
Special Daily Flatbread x Figs
Grilled Octopus x Celery x Greens x Gigante Beans
Confit Denver Lamb Ribs x Yogurt x Herbs
Gnocchi Sardi x Homemade Sausage x Broccoli Rabe x Parmigiano
Grilled Pork Blade x Potato Puree x Braised Radicchio
Starting with the flat bread of the day, which was crispy, cheesy and laced with figs, the grilled octopus came next. I'm obsessed with tender octopus and this dish at Vinateria was what the doctor ordered. After eating everything on the table.. (sigh) we skipped the dessert and ordered a large entree to share. The star of the evening was the grilled pork blade, which we heard was the chef's favorite and we can see why. Perfectly grilled and heavily seasoned with salt and pepper, this juicy pork blade with creamy pureed potatoes and braised radicchio quickly became my comfort meal for the rest of the winter.
Vinateria has definitely left a mark on my fork and knife as I'm planning my next visit as I type. I really enjoyed everything, even down to sitting next to the kitchen. With beautifully prepared fresh food and great service, Vinateria will be seeing a lot of me.
Fab Tip - ask to sit at the communal table in the back by the kitchen for a sexy date night with your love.
2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, N.Y. 10026