Wine & Roses, a chic, elegant and cozy wine bar on Columbus Avenue, unveiled their new food menu, along with their new Executive Chef Seth Levine of FOX television show, Hell’s Kitchen fame, at a private event on Monday night and I was lucky enough to be there enjoying this magnificent party.

With countless roses and rose petals everywhere you looked, the wine was flowing… an Australian Brut, a 2009 Chateau Lamothe de Haux White Bordeaux, a 2006 Thomas Coyne Mourvedre and my favorite, a Cote du Rhone Paul Jaboulet Aine Gigondas Pierre Aiguille.

And Chef Levine’s food tastings were being passed… caviar, Classic Chilled Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Seasame Tuna Tartare, Beef Carpaccio, Naked Ravioli, Truffle Pizza, Chianti & Honey Braised Beef Short Ribs, lamb chops, Smoked Salmon Pizza bites and Nutella Pizza.

Each item on their new menu comes with a recommended wine pairing to complement the food perfectly.

As is normally the case on Monday nights at Wine & Roses, live music was playing in the background as we heard the singing of Jeanna de Waal and the acoustic guitar playing of Miko Leon… a great accompaniment to the food and wine we were enjoying.

Among the hundred or so in attendance joining co-owners Jon Gruen, dapper in his all-black look; Fern Zelekowitz, dressed oh so elegantly in her little black off-the-shoulder dress; Cindy Guyer, being every bit the romance novel model she is wearing a sleek rose-dress; Neil Zelekowitz; W&R General Manager Julian Fletcher, chef Seth Levine, Iron Horse Magazine and Royal Animals owner Susan Traub, photographer Steven Ekerovich and former Studio 54 PR-head Carmen D’Alessio.

A few hours, and many tastes of delicious food and glasses of delightful wine, later my pallet and stomach were wonderfully taken care of.  Fun times were had by all as everyone was smiling throughout the evening… it didn’t matter if they were talking to close friends or people they just met.

Whether you are looking for a place for a first date or somewhere to take your wife of many years, I’d recommend checking out this down-to-earth wine bar located in the Upper West Side.  With 13 different whites and 13 different reds available by the glass, at between $10 and $18 each, you will be able to taste your way through what the world of wine has to offer or try a port paired with one of their amazing desserts.  If that is not enough, just turn the page in their extensive wine list and select from over 100 different bottles they have to offer.

-Mike J

P.S.  Thanks a million Fern, that Red Velvet Lava Cake was to die for!!!

Photo Credits:  Mike J, Mark Iantosca (Guest of a Guest) and buddytv.com