When New York City fine-dining temple Le Bernardin’s chef Eric Ripert and co-owner Maguy Le Coze asked their wine director, Aldo Sohm, if he would be interested in opening a wine bar with them, Sohm didn’t hesitate. “I found the idea very appealing,” he says. And thus was born Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, which debuted in September across the plaza from its Midtown mother ship.
Aldo Sohm’s ambiance is surprisingly casual. Seven circular tables sit around a crescent-shaped couch in front of the bar; eight high-top tables flank the sofa. Music like Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools” and Depeche Mode’s “Just Can’t Get Enough” relaxes the atmosphere further. “I want it to feel like you’ve walked into my living room,” Sohm says.
The wine list is dynamic, compact and fun, with something for everyone. Sohm’s favorites? “Right now I love Champagne Chartogne-Taillet, a French small grower. Another is the Blaufränkisch from Wachter-Wiesler, a small Austrian winemaker.” Ripert conceived the small plates menu; the chicken drumsticks and whole cauliflower are fantastic.
Aldo Sohm Wine Bar
151 W. 51st St.