I first came in after I looked at their wine list- I'm a wine lover and I can find just the right amount of choices here, for a very good price.I recently moved in from Brooklyn Heights and I'm still reluctant to try food in local places ,it's just hard to find something to meet my taste, but this place looks more like Brooklyn to begin with , so I decided to give it a try with my BF one night and it exceeded my expectations - I tried the snapper with smoked eggplant and chive potato puree and it was fresh and flavorful, and a very inventive combination of flavors.My BFhad butternut sqash ravioli in sage butter and they really were homemade,just as the waiter had claimed. Prices are reasonable and entrees run around $16 , pastas ar around $12 and well worth it ,the portions are large but not huge.They claim to buy local seasonal produce and now (December) feature dishes such as Burger with Jersey Tomatoes and Sauteed Swiss Chard.It's the best place around for a couple's night out or you can hang out on the bar with singles, mostly Columbia medical students that live on Haven Avenue.
The place is packed for lunch, I haven't tried it yet, but they have more sandwiches and quick choices.
Since I became a regular there is always something going on beside the food and wine- I was there yesterday and a surprise jazz jam happened out of the blue at 9PM , and it was awesome!
They promote some parties on Saturday but they are more entertaining during the weekdays, it seems Saturday is still a struggle for them even though the bartender handed me a flier for (wow! )Gay Girls night every 4th saturday of a month , and another one for a revolving party every 3rd(?) Saturday featuring some DJ's that you can find downtown or in Brooklyn but not ever before in Washington Heights- like DJ Sabo and Nappy G from the Frying Pan summer gig , the Turntables on Hudson.
Definitely the best place in 160th and around for a night out.
Pros: really good food and wine list
Cons: relaxed service