Don’t get us wrong: Club Waziema, Mini Bar, and Lion Pub are all crucial NoPa gathering spots—for those who were toddlers in the Clinton years. But now, there’s a place for people who drink their grapes in the proper glassware. Wine Kitchen matches mourvèdre and rosé to a cheese plate—dodging menu of sweetbreads, grilled scallops, and the like—so you can skip the subpar stemware and soggy nachos just down the street. 507 Divisadero St. (near Hayes St.), 415-525-3485
Yesterday we alerted you to the soft opening ofWine Kitchen (507 Divisadero), the new NoPa restaurant and wine bar from a pair of chefs who've put in time at Bar Tartine, Spruce, and Commonwealth to name a few. Today we bring you a look inside the space, which makes it's official debut tomorrow night, January 10, at which point the full menu will be in place. (We'll link you to that shortly.) For now they're serving a slightly limited menu, as well as an international list of 50 wines, with about half of those by the glass.
Co-chef-owners Greg Faucette and Jason Limburg say they're aiming for a casual, fun, neighborhood spot with relaxed service but attention to detail. They say that with their
fine dining background "comes a dedication to quality and consistency," and they hope that comes through in their menu and dishes.
In the competition for neighborhood bars, it’s easy to be swayed by the next PYT to post up. (Hello, first-impression rose.)
Still, in the end, we all fall for the nice guy next door.
Meet Wine Kitchen, a no-frills watering hole opening this week.
Owners/managers and former line cooks Gregory Faucette and Jason Limburg are two buds making it all about you. Think of their new bar/eatery as the anti-wine bar: casually sourced decor with a best-friend’s-living-room vibe, a nonintimidating selection of international varietals they love, and a developing small plates menu of upgraded bar food (fried gnocchi with horseradish and chives; pulled pork belly sliders topped with chicken skin, cucumber, and Fresno chili pepper).
The comfy setup encourages getting-to-know-you-better conversations, and the bartender may even remember your name.
Things are really blossoming.