[Photos: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
Sip Wine Bar & Kitchen opened yesterday in the former Bina Osteria location, bringing shareable plates and small wine tastes ("sips") to Downtown Crossing. Sip is the latest addition to the Legendary Restaurant Group family (Scollay Square, Papagayo, Andiamo, and more). Co-owners Brad Dalbeck and Chris Damian aim to fill "a void in the theatre district," providing diners with a place where "their food and drink turn into an experience." The experience centers around wine, which can be ordered in a variety of portions: sips, half glasses, full glasses, and bottles, and Sip will open any bottle if diners commit to ordering at least two glasses from it. The cocktail menu is standard except for the intriguing "mangria," a vodka-based sangria "for men."
While the menu is still under development, the current incarnation focuses on easy-to-share dishes like flatbreads, charcuterie and cheese plates, small plates such as mini kobe meatballs and tempura green beans with chipotle barbecue dipping sauce, and even a few sushi rolls. For diners who don't like to share, larger entrees are available, such as a grass-fed burger, Murray Hill cider-brined chicken, and beef short rib.
The large, open space is complemented by a 70-seat outdoor patio on one side and a "quick bite concept" food store, Avery Provision Co. (under the same ownership), on the other.