Living in New York has its perks when it comes to not having to drink and drive. I know I absolutely don’t miss driving since I moved to the big apple six years ago. What’s even better is that in NYC we have accessibility to visit close places like Norwalk, Connecticut because of Metro-North, and that makes it very easy for city dwellers to get away from the hustle and bustle every now and then. I decided to take an hour train ride to Norwalk, CT to go on a wine bar crawl!
It’s an easy commute from NYC which makes it very accessible to spend the day out there and still get back to the city at night. I had the pleasure of visiting three delicious spots where we enjoyed wine, cocktails, food, and ambiance.
We started off at Washington Prime, on Washington Street where we enjoyed the outstanding service, mouth-watering menu options, and amazing libations. One of my favorite cocktails was Figgin’ Delicious because it’s not overly sweet and is a great aperitif. The array of appetizers will entice you, but be sure not to miss the Prime Steak Tartare and the Crispy Masa Oysters! On weekends you can enjoy live music, which makes their already awesome ambiance event better. We sipped on a bottle of Rodney Strong Symmetry Red Blend after our cocktails and devoured the delicious Bone Marrow topped Filet Mignon paired with a Baked Loaded Potato. Between the food, wine, and service, Washington Prime will not disappoint!
After our late lunch at Prime, we walked over to Public Wine Bar. This spot is newer to the area but has built a great reputation with food and wine lovers on the block. I started off with a glass of wine from Rhone Valley and a Whiskey Cocktail. I love rosé and their selection was nice, and it easily paired well with the Warm Grilled Octopus and Sauteéd Shrimp. The shrimp is served over quinoa, which texturally is very nice and good for those looking for a lighter menu option. Public Wine Bar is an intimate spot that’s great for a date night as well as brunch with friends.
Our third stop was a lively wine bar with Spanish fare and delicious tapas. Tablao Wine Bar & Restaurant is another hot spot on Washinton Street. They have a great beer selection as well as wine and cocktails too. Beer was a refreshing change from all the wine I was enjoying, and the staff is extremely helpful in picking the right brew. We started off with the Gambas Al Ajillo, which is sauteed shrimp with garlic and guindilla peppers. This dish is perfectly cooked and a must order if you enjoy shrimp! Alongside were two other menu items that stood out, including the Duck Breast with sweet mashed potatoes and fig reduction, as well as the Osso Bucco. Both were tender and delicious. The duck breast is great if you’re ordering a selection of tapas and want a taste of everything on the table, becuse it’s packed with flavor and a perfect sharing portion. You will enjoy the wine selection here, and there are options for every palate.
After all that wining and dining, it was easy enough to uber 8 minutes to the train and head back to Grand Central Station. The beauty of Norwalk is that it’s close enough to NYC but is also far enough to get away for the day. Sometimes it’s nice to escape for a bit, try new restaurants and meet new people. If you’re seeking the perfect “weekend day-away” Norwalk’s Washington Street should be on your list!