Sunday, July 26, 2009

Casellula Cheese & Wine Cafe 07-23-2009

Location: 401 West 52nd Street
Time: 5:30pm
People: FF, AP and myself

Feelings: There is a cute little wine bar in Hell's Kitchen. This seemed so out of place for the area that I had to stop with FF and AP. Its cozy and rustic atmosphere was decorated tastefully. This seems to be the opposite of midtown aesthetic, but for me it is a welcomed addition to the neighborhood known for its flashy, but uninteresting tourists' spots.

We were overwhelmed by the large selection of wine, beer, cheese and meat, but our friendly waiter was eager to help. He was extremely knowledgeable and professional without being pushy or pretentious. Our waiter's casual attitude and attire helped us feel at ease, and we were able to enjoy our time completely.

One may think ovo-pescatarian such as myself with lactose intolerance issue does not belong in a place known for cheese and meat spreads, but there were indeed plenty of salad and sandwich dishes. I am usually not a fan of salad, or salad as a meal, but I may be a convert after tasting their amazing almond and goat cheese mixed green salad. The creaminess of goat cheese (which has no lactose) and fresh tomatoes with sweet and tangy vinaigrette created the perfect harmony of dense, layered flavor.

FF ordered B.F.M. La Meule beer which had creamy aroma with sweet and spicy taste. FF and AP thoroughly enjoyed their cheese and meat plates that our waiter chose, and we had a fun evening out with good conversations over tasty food and drinks all around. Who knew this was possible without taking a cab downtown?

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