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Wines from northern Spain and southern France take center stage at Chef Jose Garces’s tribute to Basque Country. While perched atop the orange lumber bar, you’ll gaze at a lattice-like display of wood that houses a staggering number of bottles—nearly 1,000. For a cozier ambience, head downstairs to the lounge, scattered with brown and mustard sofas. Garces, who is known for his unconventional spin on Spanish cuisine, serves up avant-garde pintxos (the Basque word for “finger foods”) like Kobe beef canapés and figs blanketed in Serrano ham.
Great Match: Duck montadito and a glass of 2009 Descendientes de J. Palacios “Petalos” Mencia-Bierzo (Spain), $24 total.