24 May '11, 7pm

3 great food experiences in NYC recently

3 great food experiences in NYC recently

As for The Ten Bells, I loved it. It's small, just a bar and a few communal tables, packed, and loud with music and conversation. I never saw a menu -- just chalkboards on the walls packed with names of wines from tiny Old World producers. There were also a few simple tapas scrawled out. Soon after we walked in, a prominent food writer in our party spoke to the owner, and a magnum of wine appeared from the Chinon region of France's Loire Valley -- a place celebrated for its delicate, pretty red wines and its refusal to pander to the global palate. And then a bunch of small plates came out -- all outstanding, the highlight of which was a plate of baby eels, lashed with olive oil and chile flakes and served over arugula. By that point in the night, The Ten Bells felt more like a bar in Madrid or San Sebastián than a natural wine temple -- packed, blaring rock and roll, great...

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