Manhattan Brew & Vine

Manhattan Brew & Vine

Bloomingdale newcomer Manhattan Brew & Vine provides brings an exciting selection of wines and craft beers to their beautifully designed space on 109th and Columbus. Owner/partner Joseph Hargrave is quick to point out that it’s a great time to be doing business in Bloomingdale. “Our team is familiar with the neighborhood,” he says, “and we notice that crime is at an all-time low, new businesses are being welcomed by the community, and our local legislators are making a stronger effort to encourage growth.”

“The diversity of the business community encourages us to meet the standard for quality products and services that residents have come to expect.”

The northern end of Columbus Avenue is now home to a thriving cluster of restaurants that the welcoming MBV rounds out perfectly. “The diversity of the business community encourages us to meet the standard for quality products and services that residents have come to expect.” New specialty dine-in restaurants along Columbus and Amsterdam “create a buzzing environment for residents and businesses.” Joe enjoys frequenting neighbors Miss Mamie’s, Freda’s, and has a soft spot for his favorite: Mama’s Pizza on 106th and Amsterdam.

Manhattan Brew & Vine seats 50 and serves a varied selection of 44 hand-selected wines and 29 craft beers that pair with the chef-inspired tasting menu to truly offer something for everyone. It’s the perfect place for a special occasion or a Happy Hour after a long day’s work. Feel free to ask manager Ralphie Mercado questions about what is on offer, interesting flavor pairings, and suggestions for what to try next time!

Manhattan Brew & Vine
998 Columbus Avenue
(646) 964-4091
Lounge
50 seats table
Happy Hour, Special events

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Casa Mexicana

Casa Mexicana

Flavors of the world are within walking distance here in Bloomingdale. One of the most interesting food trends to hit the city in recent years has been the proliferation of authentic Mexican eateries reflecting increased migration to areas like El Barrio, Washington Heights, Bushwick, and yes right here at home. “We designed the menu to reflect the best that Mexican cuisine has to offer,” says owner and partner Leo Vidals. No Tex- or Cal-Mex here!

“We saw this promising area as the right place to open and the neighborhood has been wonderful! We have been received and treated very well.”

Casa Mexicana opened in September of 2014 and has helped transform a block that had multiple vacancies before Arco Cafe and Casa arrived. Leo manages the restaurant with his brother Eric who is the executive chef, with their father also helping run the family-owned and operated business. Eric let us try his slow cooked 47-ingredient Mole Poblano, a real tour-de-force in Mexican cuisine from the city of Puebla.

After working for years in restaurants in the city, the brothers came to our neighborhood to open their first restaurant and we are glad Casa Mexicana calls Bloomingdale home. Across the street from our landmarked Youth Hostel, take advantage of their great sidewalk café, cozy ambiance, and the occasional art or music exhibit. Talk to them about their menu and ask for something new to try.

Casa Mexicana
894 Amsterdam Avenue
(212) 222-3151
Mexican Restaurant
48 seats inside/18 seats outside
Happy Hour M-F 12-7pm , Brunch Weekends, Free wifi

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Arco Cafe

Arco Cafe

We pride ourselves for having Flavors of the World here in Bloomingdale. Sitting down for a meal at Arco Cafe takes you straight into an Italian home kitchen. “Italians mostly eat at home, with fresh local ingredients and home made pasta,” says Partner/Manager Daniele Fiori who runs Arco Cafe with his sister Francesca, “and that’s what we have created here.”

“Everyone knows everyone else. It’s like a family between businesses and the clients.”

The Fiori’s, who hail from the Island of Sardina, opened on 103rd and Amsterdam in February of 2014 and have helped turn around a block that now also features newcomers in the family owned Casa Mexicana. They love the small town feel our neighborhood provides as a respite from the big city. “Everyone knows everyone else. It’s like a family between businesses and the clients.” Aside from his neighbors at Casa, Daniele also likes The Ellington, and newcomers Schatzie and West End Hall.

Arco seats 70 inside and 10 outside and serves wine and beer, which pair perfectly with the regional menu carefully designed by Daniele to mimic “the food I grew up eating at home.” Their $12 two-course fixed price lunch is one of the best deals in the neighborhood, and you can get a bottle of wine for 50% off if you go Monday through Thursday. You might need to as reservations are usually required on weekends, as they have adopted the classic American tradition of serving brunch!

Arco Café
886 Amsterdam Avenue
(212) 665-0033
Sardinian Italian Restaurant
70 seats inside/10 outside
Weekend Brunch, Weekday $12 Lunch served M – F until 6 pm, Mon-Thurs 50% off wine

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