Frat Bar. French Bistro. Frat Bar. Italian Restaurant. Frat Bar.
The Upper East Side. You get the drill.
Let’s say we are more than ecstatic to see a cultural shift in the area, with Kaia Wine Bar – the South African inspired wine bar bringing a much needed change to the monotonous scene. Immediately walking through the doors, you will feel the chill vibe, and take in the rustic farm feel charm, and quite quickly get enamored with the wine list and small plates.
Owners Suzaan and Josh know a thing or two about an authentic South African experience. Born and raised in The Free State, South Africa, Suzann brings her expertise from her homeland to deliver a rich experience of South African ambiance, food, and wine. Teaming up with Josh (whom also spent time in Cape Town), and a natural wine connoisseur, proves to be an excellent pairing to curate the burgeoning wine culture and deliver South African culture at its finest.
The South African style is perfectly represented in the name (Kaia is derived from Khaya, meaning home or hut). The wine list boasts a selection of 40 plus varieties from South Africa, the New World or local wines, with new selections coming in weekly. All ingredients are locally sourced – the small plates carries an assortment of native dishes, like the Bunnychow, made of garam masala chicken curry, or the Hoender Slider – a dukka spiced chicken topped with caramelized mushrooms, onions, and aioli. To keep Pair it with one of the draught wines on tap, (from our local Gotham Project out on North Fork of Long Island), and this will be your new spot to impress your date and sophisticate your taste-buds. So what are you waiting for? Let them know you are a MintCastle Member, and receive 10% savings on your dining experience (not applicable on alcohol).
Main point: The well thought out menu that changes seasonally, coupled with the extensive collection of South African and New World wines, you’re likely to discover a wine you haven’t had before and love every minute of it.
Must Try: Ostrich Benedict (brunch menu) and a glass of the Cabernet Sauvignon, Mulderbosch from Western Cape.
Mon.-Thurs. 5:30 pm – 12 am
Fri.-Sat. 5:30 pm – 1:30 am
1614 3rd Ave (betw 90th St & 91st St), (212) 722-0490
Fine Print: Mention your MintCastle Key for 10% savings on your meal. Not valid toward alcoholic beverages. Promotion expires 11/16/2011.