As the name suggests, you can find some great vintages at this charming bar/eatery in the heart of Greenwich Village. But there are a few other stealth reasons to hit the Wine Spot, too. One is for arepas ($10), as authentic as they get.
The signature of owner Gabriela Arzola’s Venezuelan homeland, these pliable corn cakes are moist and firmly textured enough to hold the savory stuffings of carne mechada (stewed beef) or mozzarella cheese. The rest of the menu focuses on easy-to-share, eclectic tapas and sandwiches, all the better to mix and match with the menu of wine flights ($22).
Another attraction of the bi-level space: spectacular flamenco shows with no cover. While the Spain Arts and Culture Flamenco Festival is livening up venues from Lincoln Center to Carnegie Hall now through March 24 , the Wine Spot showcases top-notch acts all year round, with two shows Sunday and Thursday nights, on both floors.
There’s one more secret in this spot: “1828” a tiny coal-room-cum-wine-cave that runs under MacDougal Street, a great clandestine nook for tastings and intimate, private dinners (8 seats).
The Wine Spot
127 MacDougal St.