Zesty Vinateria

Flourishing restaurant revival in Harlem
June 13, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

NEW YORK—Just north of Central Park West, is a cheap yet classy new addition to Harlem’s restaurant resurgence. Vinateria, a casual Italian restaurant opened in early May at 2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd.

 The restaurant is known for its tapas, wine, black walls, mini-murals, and a dimly-lit bar, noted Nymag.

 It has an Italian and Spanish seasonal menu.

 Seasonal menu highlights include Golden & Red Beets Salad, made with arugula, yogurt, crispy pistachio, orange, and lemon vinaigrette ($8); Grilled Octopus With Frisee Salad, made with confit fingerling potatoes, and toasted pine-nuts ($11); and Hand-cut Beef Tartare with cornichons, capers, and fried quail egg ($12).

 It is following the lead of many restaurants that have opened in the past decade in this once tainted neighborhood.

 The area’s vibe began to change rapidly when Melba opened in 2005, and Ethiopian restaurant Zoma opened in 2006.

 The interior of the restaurant is made with recycled materials.