Winter Hobnobbing at the Bar: Cut by Wolfgang Puck, The Modern, Union Square Cafe

Cut by Wolfgang Puck

Who to Take: someone who appreciates very fine things or meet your friend that works downtown. Cut by Wolfgang Puck is an elegant place indeed. I popped in here after the Louis Vuitton exhibit for a glass of bubbly and light bite. Cut delivered beautifully on each count, first with the adorably styled Tuna Tartare which sat between two very thin and crispy rye crackers. The bubbly, Ca’ del Bosco Cuvee Prestige, comes from the hills of Northern Italy and had the type of little bubbles that just tickle the tongue. Loved the drama of high celings and slashes of red neon in the bar. Thanks for coming to NYC Wolfgang!

Cut by Wolfgang Puck, inside the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, 99 Church St (betw Barclay St and Park Pl)

The Modern

Who to Take: a foodie buddy or someone in from out of town to show off NYC A mighty taste sensation—the Carrot Rillettes, are served on house-made rye toast with comte cheese and mustard. We sat next to a corporate gang having a blast, and they offered us a taste. It’s nice to share. This paired nicely with glasses of Harper’s Trail Pioneer Block Riesling. The Modern is the midtown restaurant with a downtown, edgy international vibe. Always love stopping in here and getting a bite at the bar.

The Modern, 9 w 53rd St (betw 5th and 6th Aves)

Union Square Cafe

Who to Take: a date or just go by yourself and chat up your neighbors (show up early to gain a seat at the bar) I’ve yet to sit at a table in this Gramercy spot, but that’s alright by me. On this visit, we first indulged in some oysters, then moved on to pasta: the Tagliatelle with roasted artichokes and maitake mushrooms in a garlic broth. The Duck Country Pâté is a nice small portion served with St. Stephen triple cream cheese, an apple butter, pickled squash, and some crunchy toasts and raw jicama. All this paired nicely with Bourgogne Blanc white burgundy. I feel so spoiled living in New York sometimes.

Union Square Cafe, 101 e 19th St (Park Ave S)