Terroir

Wine Bar
Terroir A charming combination of intense wine knowledge and tongue-in-cheek geek humor awaits wine lovers at Terroir, a cozy twenty-four-seat wine bar run by the owners of the nearby intimate Hearth restaurant. New York United States 40.729778 -73.9827314
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Terroir - Wine Bar in New York.
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Party Earth Review A charming combination of intense wine knowledge and tongue-in-cheek geek humor awaits wine lovers at Terroir, a cozy twenty-four-seat wine bar run by the owners of the nearby intimate Hearth restaurant. Billing itself... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Sa 5pm–2am, Su 5pm–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Terroir Review

The Scene

A charming combination of intense wine knowledge and tongue-in-cheek geek humor awaits wine lovers at Terroir, a cozy twenty-four-seat wine bar run by the owners of the nearby intimate Hearth restaurant.

A charming combination of intense wine knowledge and tongue-in-cheek geek humor awaits wine lovers at Terroir, a cozy twenty-four-seat wine bar run by the owners of the nearby intimate Hearth restaurant.

Billing itself as “the elitist wine bar for everyone,” this tiny space does indeed offer an unpretentious and inviting respite from the typical artsy wine bar.

A sleek and simple décor of polished light wood and gunmetal gray barstools adds to the relaxing vibe, as groups of hip young financial types, couples, and East Villagers gather at the bar or the single long table to peruse the huge menu of global selections.

The drink-filled tome is ripe with witty and sarcastic jokes that combine wine and pop culture, including gems like the comparison of a Riesling’s acidity with Lady Gaga or the White Wine in a Box song dedicated to Lindsay Lohan, à la Justin Timberlake’s SNL Digital Short.

Knowledgeable bartenders are happy to offer advice and samples to help lost patrons find the perfect glass to go with the Italian nibbles prepared in the open kitchen.

While communal seating encourages friendly banter among patrons, the soft music and low lighting is better suited for romantic dates or groups of friends out for after-work drinks.

And in keeping with its own name – which refers to the environment in which a vine is grown – Terroir gives an amusing nod to its neighborhood by offering specials like Heavy Metal Night, when it features iron-rich wines.

Boasting a quirky, good-natured atmosphere and a fantastic selection, Terroir is a must for both connoisseurs and neophytes looking for good wine without the attitude.

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Tip from Emma:

Stop by for Happy Hour and take advantage of the $6 glasses of wine! It’s such a good deal that if you can’t decide between red and white, you can just have one of each – and a plate of charcuterie to boot.

  • Crowd

    East Village residents, couples, dates, financial types, new New Yorkers, and wine lovers, late 20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient music. Wine menu doubles as a humorous coffee table book. Sponsored events include the Riesling Crawl.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Small plates of Italian food including charcuterie, cheese, and panini. Happy Hour daily 5–6pm. Seasonal featured wines.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $4+, cheese plates $24+, panini $8+. Beer $6.50+, wine $5+/tastings, $9+/glass, or $34+/bottle.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Neat casual: slacks, button-downs, nice jeans, t-shirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Happy Hour Mondays through Thursdays for a busy but not overcrowded scene, so it’s still easy to get a seat.

  • Close By

    Ninth Ward (180 Second Avenue) is a great option for patrons who want a little southern charm with their whiskey.

Terroir User Reviews

Average rating:
Unpretentious Wine Bar
Risa C. Dec 11, 2012
I haven't tried the food here, but I came for drinks with a few friends and had a really great experience. During the summer they have the "Summer of Riesling" where the waiter took time from the busy room to explain to me that Riesling always being sweet is a common misconception and we only associate it as such since German's sent us a large amount of crappy Riesling back in the 70's which took off for some reason. See - free education with your wine! And the dry sparkling Riesling was delicious. The menus are also quite interesting with their humorous interjection pages between the wine menus - if you want to drink wine with knowledgeable sommeliers without having to dress up and drop a ton of money on dinner, Terroir is a great choice!
Just couldn't get into it
Chris K. Nov 20, 2012
Terroir isn't at all a bad restaurant, and the people who run it aren't bad people. There's plenty of good strange craft food available for the distinguished palate to nosh on, and the atmosphere is generally charming but laid-back. It's just that something about this place gets your snark up. Maybe it's the menu, which appears to list lots of items but simultaneously has nothing on it. Maybe it's the lame pop- and counter-cultural made on the menu, which really screams of some too-cool-for-school dude who believes saying something straight-forwardly is psychic death. Whatever the case, it's just hard to give yourself over 100% to this place, and that's a shame, given that it has a nice atmosphere and, when you can decode the menu, decent food.
Friendly and Helpful Staff!
Nicole H. Oct 8, 2012
I came here for a mid-week drink with a friend. The place is tiny and it was packed, but we managed to snag two seats at the bar almost immediately. The bartender (although I'd call him a sommelier because he was so knowledgeable) couldn’t have been more helpful. He let my friend and I taste a variety of wines before ordering a delicious chardonnay. Terroir is comfortable and cozy. The noise level is manageable so that you can actually have a conversation. Will definitely revisit!
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