A great wine bar with excellent food! Had a great night at Vinus and Marc. The knowledgeable and friendly staff helped us with wine and food selections, that were all delicious. Great atmosphere in the trendy new spot.Terri S.
Reinvented prohibition-era cocktails and seafood-centric small plates in an intimate setting, from the former owner of jazz den Duane Park and downtown bar The Dove ParlourNY Magazine
Vinus and Marc is the NKOTB (look it up, young’ns) along 2nd Avenue and already becoming a favorite among locals in the ‘hood. Bringing a much needed splash of seductiveness to Yorkville, V+M combines an old world, 1920s lounge setting alongside artisanal wines and specialty cocktails paired with seasonal small plates. Add a dash of whimsey, and you’ve got yourself quite the Uptown hit.Ruggy G.
Slip into a plush red-velvet armchair for quaffs from mixologist Aziza Omar (the Odeon), all named after drinkers who disobeyed the law during Prohibition: The Baby Vamp (an attractive female coed) features tequila, mescal, strawberry, lemon and Bittermens Hellfire Habanero Shrub, while the Dewdropper (a lazybones freeloader) is made with bourbon, Nocino, sweet vermouth and Brooklyn Hemispherical Black Mission fig bitters. Along with the era-themed tipples, there are classic cocktails including a scofflaw, draft beers (Palm Ale, Ommegang White) and a 31-bottle wine list curated by owner Frank Locker. Chef J. Luis Dominiguez (Duane Park Cafe) doles out seafood-heavy small plates, such as yellowfin-tuna tartare, white-wine-steamed PEI mussels and Louisiana crawfish rolls. Gilded mirrors, antique light fixtures, cherry-red walls and dark-wood tables decorate the lounge.Time Out New York
Love it! This place is lovely. The food is fresh and delicious, the owner is so friendly, the staff is helpful, and the ambiance is elegant and comfortable. The kind of place I don’t mind relaxing in after a hard day of work or to hang out with friends.Anonymous
We had an office party here on a Thursday evening. Our group had a blast. This nice hidden gem of UES has great food and drinks. We ordered multiple platters of cheese and meats, fried oysters, shrimp cocktails and fries. Staff was very attentive and made sure that everybody is taken care off, even with our big group of 25+ people. Presentation of food was beautiful and it showed quality of an upscale establishment. I had Rara Avis cocktail, which was delicious. With its cozy ambiance, it was good for people to talk to each otherRahul B.
Just happened upon this hidden gem this weekend. What a wonderful addition to this neighborhood. This place is comfortable, cozy, intimate and the food is out of this world!! The crawfish and lobster roll is to die for. The shrimp and grits is excellent. And don’t even get me started on the meat and cheese platters. The food is amazing, probably some of the best food I have ever tasted and the price is right. They also have this little chocolate torte made with cayenne pepper topped with a homemade whipped creme that I have been dreaming about ever since I ate it. The staff are extremely helpful, knowledgeable, personable and accommodating. I will go to Vinus and Marc (Venus and Mars) again and again. You have to check it out, it is a wonderful dining experience and they have a topnotch bar with delicious cocktails. You’ll even love the bathroom at this place. I would hate to see this bar/restaurant close. From my understanding, this place is still relatively new and they are adding more and more to their menu selections. I got a few flyers when I left so I could give them to friends and colleagues-Astrid D.
Steak Frites is always a convincing choice for us, and at Vinus and Marc you will like the Grass-fed Angus Skirt Steak served with vibrant Chimichurri sauce and classic frites. They hit the spot and the Bordeaux we tried with it was just perfect.
The steak was grilled well to medium and the slices were ideal. Finally, we had to get in The Last Word. Yes, that’s a cocktail name and the cocktail that Peachy tried last. Created in the early 1920’s in Detroit (we love the detailed menu descriptions, sometimes with the history like this) where it was first served at the Detroit Athletic Club, The Last Word is: Dry Gin, green chartreuse, maraschino liqueur and lime. A great ending!
Peachy’s esteemed guest:
It would be very easy to hop in just for a cocktail, but the menu will tantalize your tastebuds, and you won’t want to leave without trying at least one thing on the menu. Give yourself some time, because even though the atmosphere is relaxed and casual, there are choices here so varied you will want to try, and time is what you need to indulge. A suggestion: start with the oysters on the menu, and please enjoin the owner in a conversation about his trips to the market to choose the perfect ones everyday. They were delectable, with a hint of brine, not bland at all. The waiter suggested a Muscadel to pair with the oysters, and it was crisp, just the right note for these wild oysters.
Take time out for a little Porto: Kopke, LBV, 2007 and just the ticket for an end of meal. If that’s your dessert, fine. Finish it with an expresso, and you’ll be sated. But if you like cheesecake, you’ll want to try it here. There is no comparison to any of the marketed brands out in the world of New York cheesecakes. Light, creamy, just sweet enough, it will melt on your tongue in a moment, and leave your feeling not heavy, but happy and perhaps ready for a cocktail for the road.Peachy Deegan
When Frank Locker returned home to Yorkville, the neighborhood where he spent his childhood, his search for a comfortable place to enjoy a drink came up empty, and he notes he “personally couldn’t go find a place to hang out.” So the previous owner of Tribeca’s well known jazz joint Duane Park and Greenwich Village’s The Dove Parlour began planning to open an intimate cocktail lounge at 1825 Second Avenue, an alternative to the bars that dominated the surrounding area. He envisioned a space recalling the grandeur of the 1920s and ’30’s: no television, no gimmicks, just an atmosphere of old-world charm, a place you might have bumped into Hemingway. Rather than imitate the vibe of the speakeasies downtown, though, Locker wanted to offer a more open and inviting environment similar to what one would have experienced in European hotels during Prohibition. So Vinus and Marc has no hidden passageways or exclusive memberships, just comfortable chairs with light music playing in the background to set the tone. “Come here and make your own world,” says Locker. Locker brought on Aziza Omar–formerly of The Odeon –to oversee the cocktail program, and his list includes classics like the scofflaw, a rye whiskey and vermouth blend originally created at Harry’s Bar in Paris and named for drinkers disobeying the laws of America’s anti-alcohol days. Original creations like the baby vamp–made with strawberry, tequila, mescal, and Hellfire bitters–are rooted in the current golden age of cocktails. Vinus and Marc also offers a wine list, which Locker curates himself. The drinks program matches a menu of small plates from chef J. Luis Dominguez (formerly of Locker’s Duane Park Cafe); the list offers oceanic delicacies–like oysters, crawfish, and tuna tartare–as well as things that are easy to eat while you’re holding a cocktail in your hand.Village Voice
In a nutshell – Amazing selection of wines, great staff and scrumptious food. The meat and cheese platter is my new favorite. Calamari and shrimp are always fresh and delicious. This is truly a hidden gem amongst the madness of the 2nd Avenue Subway ‘disaster area’. You will not be dissappointed.Cindy R.
Apologies in advance for gushing, but this is going to be one of my more enthusiastic reviews. Listen, there are plenty of places to grab a five-star cocktail and some solid appetizers in the city (even, increasingly, in the former black hole of the way-upper East Side). But, more often than not, those places are awfully crowded, and the bartenders are rushing around muddling and stirring, and people zoom in and out, and you leave thinking, well, I’ve consumed some artisinal bitters. Mission accomplished. Vinus and Marc has all that good-on-paper stuff down pat. The ambiance is lovely – old-school red upholstery, big dark bar (with coat/purse hooks underneath – A+), fireplace glowing in the corner. Check, check, check. Add to that a surprisingly expansive food and cocktail menu, unique signature drinks, and a drop-dead happy hour, and I’m bookmarking and on my way. Where this place stands apart from other mid/upscale cocktail joints is…well, something that’s difficult to describe. Somehow, the owners and staff have managed to not only build a restaurant, but build a community. They know and remember the guests’ names and preferences, and the wonderful Mike even facilitated what turned out to be a pleasant conversation with a total stranger – something that rarely happens in this lonely city of millions. Business is brisk here, but not overly packed, and you get the sense that people aren’t just coming for the food and drink. I had a great time and really wish these folks the best of luck. Well done. And, to conclude, I CAN’T EVEN with that meat and cheese happy hour plate. It’s enormous.Julia A.
Vinus & Marc
1825 Second Ave. New York, NY 10128
(Between e 94th & e 95th)
Subway 2nd Avenue Line/Q @96th/2nd or
the Lexington Line 4/5/6 @ 86th or 6 @ 96th/Lex
Open 7 Days A Week
Monday – Wednesday 3pm-2am
Thursday – Friday 3pm-4am