What To Drink Right Now: Coarse NYC

       An absolute gem in the west village, Coarse NYC at 306 West 13th St, is serving up "Spontaneous menus." Spontaneous, as in you've probably never had the dish before, and may never have it again. The food is prepared with the freshest ingredients the market has to offer. Brainchild of chef Vincent Chirico, he has employed a top notch staff, both in the front of the house and in the kitchen. Though Vincent is the creative force behind the restaurant, he wasn't present when we visited and our experience was still wonderful. You can taste it is really a team effort.

       They have vegan and vegetarian options and are conscious of food allergies. My mom is allergic to shellfish and strawberries and I'm a vegetarian. Think that might be a challenge? Not even close. The foods they prepared were by far the most creative and tasty dishes we've had. My mom agreed so I can say that, otherwise of course she is the best. Each course outdid the one before and the wine pairing was outstanding. I was caught up in the moment and only photographed one dish cauliflower that was like no other cauliflower you've ever had. We also both loved the white asparagus dish and our server Kyle, a vegan, truly made the experience there even more special.

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       The wine was fantastic as well. There were three that stood out above the rest. We opened with a Rosé Cava. Red current and strawberries highlight this lovely Rosé Cava. Cava is produced in the same method as Champagne, but from Spain. In stores for just $12? An amazing sparkler sure to be welcome at any celebration, even if you're just celebrating surviving the week.

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       The Crauford Sauvignon Blanc from Napa California at $24 retail was outstanding. This is the Sauvignon Blanc that has brought me back from a self imposed Sauvignon Blanc exile. I was tired of overly aggressive, highly citrus Sauvignon Blancs. This wine is unmistakably Sauvignon Blanc, but the citrus notes, while clear, are tempered and smooth. It's barrel aged for six months. And it's the most pleasingly Sauvignon Blanc I've had to date.

 Alorna Abafado Port. Only 5 years old this port is delicious. But beware it's 17.5% alcohol. Those familiar with ports know they are sweet, but even if you're not a sweet wine fan, give this a try. It's so we'll balanced with great accidity think of the most wonderful way to end a meal, this is it. At $11? A complete steal. It tastes like money.

Alorna Abafado Port. Only 5 years old this port is delicious. But beware it's 17.5% alcohol. Those familiar with ports know they are sweet, but even if you're not a sweet wine fan, give this a try. It's so we'll balanced with great accidity think of the most wonderful way to end a meal, this is it. At $11? A complete steal. It tastes like money.

       And for after dinner/dessert, Alorna Abafado Port. Only 5 years old this Port is delicious. But beware, it's 17.5% alcohol. Those familiar with Ports know they are sweet, but even if you're not a sweet wine fan, give this one a try. It's so we'll balanced with great acidity I think it's the most wonderful way to end a meal. And at $11 in stores? A complete steal. It tastes like money.

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