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247 Broome St., nr. Ludlow St. (Lower East Side)
New York, NY
(1) 212-228-4450 | www.thetenbells.com
AMBIANCEOrganic Wine Bar
HOURSMon.-Fri.: 5:00pm-2:00am; Sat.-Sun.: 3:00pm-2:00am
PRICE (GLASS OF WINE; BOTTLE OF WINE)USD 7-15; USD 40-600
BARYes - beer, wine, and champagne only
FOOD SERVED?Yes - small plates
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
SUBWAYDelancey St.-Essex St. (F, J, M, Z)
Though the name “The Ten Bells” name isn’t exactly uplifting for those who catch the reference (it alludes to the London pub where Jack the Ripper singled out his victims), this 30-seat LES wine bar actually dishes up feel-good factor with its organic wines and bites. Its short but sweet selection of all-natural wines is scrawled in tiny print on a chalkboard along the wall, and all pair well with the curated menu of small plates. The dimly lit space (read: romantic!) is set beneath a stairwell and features a pressed tin ceiling and rustic bare brick walls. Result: despite its sinister label, cooing couples continue to be lured to this romantic semi-hideaway, where mellow jazz and flickering votive candles only enhance the quality organic flavors of both sips and snacks.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
It’s fairly casual here; we’d wear a chic top and jeans or capris. (If on a date, we’d posh it up a bit more with a flirty dress.)
GO HERE WITH
A friend; date; significant other
Trendy Francophiles, local neighborhood types, daters, and a handful of oenophiles.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The wines are always distinctive, and we like how there are always interesting surprises on the constantly rotating wine list.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The cash-only policy is inconvenient.
GOOD TO KNOW
This charming venture comes from the owners of the now-closed Le Pere Pinard (one of our old haunts). The organic wines on the rotating list of 50-ish selections are supplied by small producers from across Europe (mainly France). Happy Hour runs from 5:00pm-7:00pm, with USD 1 oysters. Cash only.
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