At Vino Levantino, a new wine bar and restaurant on 94th street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, the menu is filled with specialties inspired by the cuisine of the former Ottoman Empire. Menu items include fattoush salad, grilled lamb chops, and borekas, which are savory appetizers wrapped in phyllo dough. Yelp says they’re Kosher, but I couldn’t find that on the website.
West Side Rag reader Marion went on one of the first nights: “It’s cozy and has a great selection of wines, including Turkish wines. Their menu consists mostly of [very tasty] small plates but they do offer some entrees and excellent desserts.”
Here’s the restaurant’s description:
“Vino Levantino is first and foremost a wine bar. Our wines are imported from all over the world, mostly from boutique wineries in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Israel & the Americas.
Our menu reflects the diversity of the Ottoman Empire. It is also influenced by the cuisine of Sephardic Jews, many of whom journeyed to Israel through Turkey. Some of our recipes are over 500 years old, while others entered the Levant via travelers from different countries across the Middle East. The dishes at Vino Levantino are a celebration of ingredients, flavors, and colors, and will transport you to a time and place where food was simple, fresh, and tasty. Our goal is to create a local, friendly ambiance with professional service. You are always welcome at Vino Levantino, where quality wines and savory dishes await you.”
Photo via Vino Levantino.