Mention Us, Free Wine!

Hot news! Café Paris (455 Tenth Avenue, East Village, 619-674-5571) opens tomorrow (yes, Friday the 13th!), 11:00 a.m. And anybody who turns up for a first visit and mentions Feast! will get a free glass of wine. That’s what the owner Loris Compiano told me when I called for a progress report.

He sees his place as “an original and modern wine bar, serving brunch, lunch and dinner with a French twist.”

Costs? You’ll get two “tartines,” open-faced toasted sandwiches with melted cheese and, say prosciutto, or roasted veggie, for $8. They’ll sit on arugula salad.

Complete salads, including a Niçoise, will be $10, and amuse bouches, “mouth amusers,” like baked eggplant and tomato, spicy tuna melt, or pig in a blanket will be $3, or three for $8.

Loris says wine bars are the thing right now in Paris itself, and that they are the places where young chefs starting out go to do their thing, experiment, and strut their stuff.

He promises “wine lists that often focus on organic and natural (unsulfured) wines,” and a menu of “terrific small plates of charcuterie and cheeses.”

So forget Comicon. Looks like the Friday scene’s gonna be on Tenth Avenue, not Fifth.

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