The Wine Bar At Cafe 1912
Update: Because this is the way life is, on the same day I published this post about the li’l 1912 wine bar, they announce that they’re going to totally change the concept. Sorry for that letdown, folks! I’ll be sure to update the new concept. Unfortunately I’m still working on my fortune-telling skills.
In the meantime, check out a few other of my favorite food posts:
Cafe 1912 restaurant opened in 2002, but it feels like it’s been in its little spot on Cooper forever. The cozy restaurant has an eclectic menu (I recommend the goat cheese ravioli, the mussels, and the burger) and an adorable, semi-secret patio.
But this post is not about Cafe 1912. It’s about their new wine and tapas bar, The Wine Bar at Cafe 1912. The Wine Bar is on the corner of Cooper and in the red and black building (most recently there was a nail salon there).
I went by a few weeks ago to give it a try.
First things first: if you want to go Cafe 1912, you’ll need to enter through the door facing Cooper (across from Midtown yoga) under the red and black striped awning, not at the corner. If you’re looking for The Wine Bar, that’s when you enter at the corner. More on this later.
The Wine Bar offers a cocktail and wine list, and small plates/tapas. I could write a treatise about the small plates/tapas concept, and maybe I will in the future, but for now, I’ll just say that I thought the portions and price at the Wine Bar were a good value compared to other “small plates” places in town.
My friend and I got a bottle of sauvignon blanc and a cheese plate (see above) which had your standard harder cheese, softer cheese, and blue cheese. They were all awesome (especially for $6) and I appreciated our server’s help in choosing a wine. Those little yellow things on the end of the plate are some kind of onion jam.
We also ordered deviled eggs ($8) which were good, but the jalapeño, bacon, and blue cheese flavors described on the menu didn’t pop as much as I’d hoped. I’d still order it again if I had three or four people with me.
We also got the ratatouille. If the only thing that means to you is “cartoon rat chef”… know that it’s a French vegetable dish, usually made with tomatoes, eggplant, squash, and other vegetables. The Wine Bar’s version was quite lovely. I’d recommend it to anyone who’s a veggie fan.
My very favorite thing we had – and the main reason I’ll go back – was the chicken salad “bocadillo” aka a sandwich made with the most delicious bread ever ($6).
I want to try the some of the other dishes – the paninis, meat plates, and mac ‘n’ cheese all sounded promising – but it’s going to be hard for me to not order this again. Whatever this chicken salad recipe is, I want it.
More on the confusion about Cafe 1912 v. The Wine Bar: While we were sitting there (at the Wine Bar) about seven couples came in looking for Cafe 1912. It was funny at first, but since we were sitting by the door, it eventually became a little distracting. There’s no interior door connecting the two, so we found ourselves explaining to nearly everyone who came in that they needed to go next door.
People were also confused about what to do, since there’s no hostess stand. Just go in and sit anywhere and they’ll come to you. Also, they do have some classic cocktails, but I’d probably stick with the wine. The atmosphere is pretty no-frills, but for some good wine and good snacks or sandwiches to share with a friend
Overall, I liked it. I’ll be back for that chicken salad bocadilla and to see what scrumptious things are on the cheese plate that day.
The Wine Bar at Cafe 1912 is opens at 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. They close at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, at 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 9 p.m. on Sunday.
The Wine Bar at Cafe 1912
243 Cooper Street