Order Up: Bash Wine Cafe
...Perhaps it's fate, then, that Bash's origins were as economically driven as it's menu. Owners Nikki Pettineo and Veronica Lopez essentially had no financial backing and limited budget, yet they've done an admirable job with their premier restaurant. Granted, the a design scheme needs work: My dining partner said the decor most resembled a scene from Moonlighting -- iron flourishes and decorative stars line the walls, and everything from the tables and chairs to the servers is draped in black.Check out the full review of Bash here.
Even so, Bash's overall effect is as comforting as a pile of kittens wearing hand-knit, woolen booties. Our waitress -- the same enthusiastic woman on both visits -- was excellent at getting our dining experience rolling, offering to start us out with plates of hummus or Parmesan spinach dip ($7 each). Both operate in the same way: The hummus -- creamy, lemony, and spicy with the addition of kimchi sauce -- is perfect for scooping with wedges of warm, grilled pita. The spinach dip is gooey and rich and great with a bowl of freshly-fried tortilla chips. A starter of house chicken wings coated in a unique sauce of garlic, vinegar, and black pepper ($8) is another bar food holdover that works as well, preferably with a crisp bottle of Brooklyn Lager ($3) or a glass of Mark West pinot noir ($9.50). The wine list is modest and inexpensive, and most selections are available by the glass and amply poured.