Saturday, October 22, 2011

Day 619 : Aria

Nope there's nothing music related about it, except perhaps the volume of everyone's voices chattering away having a good time at this rustic and routinely crowded West Village wine bar. Located off Hudson on Perry Street, one feels like they are walking into a cellar wine bar in Venice. The wine list is predominately Italian with affordably priced bottles and small glasses for $6 and $7. There is an extensive list of cichetti or Italian small plates to choose from -- easily sharable and perfect to enjoy with a glass of wine. There is also a nice selection of cheeses and cured meats. Each cheese is $5 which for West Village wine bars is a good price. 

We had two of their local cheese selections -- Lively Run's Cayuga Blue and Nancy's Camembert. Lively Run is one of my all time favorite blue cheeses as it is a goat's milk blue, not the most common cheese to discover. It's got all those great goaty notes of crisp lactic citrusy grassiness but with the spicy piquance of a classic blue. And you can't ever go wrong with the Hudson Valley camembert -- decadent, creamy, and with a round mouth feel, it is exactly what you want in a camembert.

A great place for a fun Friday night with friends.
117 Perry Street

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