Tucked away on busy Atlantic
Avenue, is a gem-of-a-wine bar called Donna
Da Vine. Exposed brick walls and elegant, clean
colors make for a cozy atmosphere that refreshes
your city soul. The back patio is serene in
nice weather and the candlelit space inside
is relaxing and inviting.
Oh yeah, and there’s
also wine - the wine. They have over thirty
wines by the glass and they’re all moderately
priced from $6-$12. Each of the selections at
Donna Da Vine has a superb backbone and a rich,
smooth style. The wines come from all over the
world. Each is handpicked for its unique and
exciting character. I don’t know how she
does it, but the owner finds these obscure,
gorgeous and vivacious wines that I haven’t
tried anywhere else in the city. They’re
a treat for the nose and palette.
Delicious tapas on the menu
are designed to accompany the bold structure
of the wines. These are no ordinary dishes.
Donna Da Vine’s chef is creative and talented.
My two favorites are the Truffle Mac and Cheese
and the French Toast Tapenade. The first dish
is orecchiette pasta baked with cheddar and
gruyere cheese and topped off with a touch of
truffle oil. The second tapa, is comprised of
three mini baguette French toasts with herbed
butter served with chili-honey and a savory,
sweet olive and fig tapenade. They’re
ridiculously good. If you’re still hungry,
you’ll have to try the Sirloin Sliders.
They are, hands down, the best I’ve ever
If you haven’t checked
out this incognito treasure in Brooklyn, my
advice is, “Do it tonight.”
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