Next door to the ever popular Austrian restaurant and bar Wallsé, is The Upholstery Shop, named such as that's what the space used to be. This is a quaint and comfortable wine and cocktail bar of high excellence. It is so romantic, set on quiet Washington Street in the West Village, a great neighborhood for strolling on a mild fall night.
We stopped by to celebrate October 26th, our wedding aniversary, and Austria Day which celebrates the signing of the treaty that restored Austria's national sovereignty and the end WWII.
Upholstery Shop offers a great list of international wines with an emphasis on Austrian and very interesting cocktails as well as small bar snacks.
The Austrian was a Neuburger, a beautiful wine uinque to Austria. The grape arises out of a natural crossing of Roter Veltliner and Sylvaner. This one Wallsé has made special for them so you can only find it here or next door at the restaurant. It has a wonderful delicate nature that is very flavorful.
The Italian was another unusual wine. Frecciarossa Riesling Frizzante. A blend of 75% Rhine Riesling, 25% Pinot Nero. Only 1,700 cases are made in Oltrepò Pavese an area of the Province of Pavia in the north-west Lombardy by Frecciarossa (Red Arrow) a winery, run by Margherita Odero and her family, that is making a name of itself around the world.
My friend Constance Chamberlain, consummate marketing and PR professional and perpetual promoter of Austrian wine, recommended Upholstery Store to us. Her blog Austrian Wine USA is a great place to learn more about the fabulous wines of this country.
The place has a distinctly old world feel and how often do you get a check like this.
713 Washington St., New York, NY 10014
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