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“So Da Vine You’ll Walk Out Feeling Royal”
Donna DaVine Wine BAr
378 Atlantic Avenue/ Brooklyn

Written and Photographed
by Mindy Hyman

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 had!

If you haven’t checked out this incognito treasure in Brooklyn, my advice is, “Do it tonight.”

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