Just one block west of the new Louisiana-Pearl light rail station, The Village Cork is one of my favorites. Admittedly I'm a regular, but i was hooked to this place almost right away by it's unique wine offerings, casual but dressy food selections, and it's great ambience. You can sip away the night in a fun conversation at the bar with the always colorful, friendly staff or tuck away in a cozy corner with soups made from scratch, imported cheeses or a decadent dessert. Once you go, you'll keep coming back. What better excuse to get out of that downtown hotel, apartment or loft, or plan your escape from the burbs to this "Old Pearl Street" neighborhood treat.
Pros: Easy parking around the area or take the light rail