1012 Amsterdam Ave. (110th St.)
With the dark, caramel interior and warm lighting, Elis Wine Bar and Restaurant is a welcoming addition to the Bloomingdale area. Artur Gjaci, one-half of the duo behind this new Mediterranean restaurant, says that he was drawn to this area because it was the perfect balance between city and a hometown-like neighborhood vibe.
Even though this is Artur’s first restaurant, he has been in the culinary industry for a long time and realized that Bloomingdale needed a wine bar. He says that opening a business is easy but making it work has been the biggest challenge. It’s all worth it, he says, when first-time customers return. The people are great here, he says, and it’s precisely for that reason that he chose to open a business here.
“We were drawn to this neighborhood because of the people and the perfect mix between city and the peace of a hometown”
Artur notes that the words “wine bar” in the name of the restaurant shouldn’t scare non-wine lovers away. Not only do they have a full cocktail list, but they have an extensive wine list with wines for all, from novice to amateur. Arthur says that “everyone who comes here can find themselves on the wine list.”
The cuisine has an Italian flavor but is generally Mediterranean-focused. Out of its menu highlighting its top-notch ingredients and fresh house-made pastas and desserts, the goat cheese ravioli and mushroom pie are favorites at the dinner table. The mushroom pie is especially notable due to its traditional recipe that has been passed down for three generations. Artur notes that for those with dietary needs, there is a gluten-free pasta option available as well.
Elis opened the fall of 2019 with just dinner service but has expanded rapidly to serve brunch on the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays, 11-4). The avocado toast, Elis poached eggs, and the Chef’s brunch has already proven to be fan favorites. However, for Artur, his favorite item is the double brisket burger, which is featured on both the dinner and brunch menus. He recounts how he had grown sick of burgers and hadn’t eaten one in ages until he tried this smoked brisket one while doing menu tests for the opening of Elis.
Come to enjoy the warm ambiance of Elis Wine Bar & Restaurant and its unbeatable happy hour menu, as well as the fresh house-made food and extensive wine / cocktail list. Be sure to stay tuned for the twice-a-month live music events.
Elis Wine Bar & Restaurant
1012 Amsterdam Ave.
Feature by: Joyce Shin