Virginia’s recently opened recently on Avenue C and if you missed it don’t worry we almost did to. The front of the restaurant is understated and looks more similar to Wallflower in the West Village than anything in the East Village. The food was great and the ‘cocktails’ were very creative, since they only have a beer and wine license. You can find a decent selection of beer and wine and a couple of low ABV cocktails like the Stoop Negroni, spritz, champagne michelada and the summer punch. Additionally they have a short list of Apertifs and Sherry. The bar is also the only place that you can order the burger that “Will change your life.” as described by the person sitting at the end of the bar when I was undecided.
Virginia’s was created by Christian Ramos (Per Se) and Reed Adelson (Loconda Verde) and was named for the pair’s mothers. Virginia’s is offering a small market-driven menu with five small plates and five large plates. The Sous Chef is Lauren Calhoun. They all worked at Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago. The interior is definitely not what you would expect from a restaurant on Avenue C with the leather banquettes and vaulted ceilings. Lastly they brought on Conrad Reddick the former beverage director at Alinea Restaurant in Chicago to design the drinks program.
Beer & Wine
All of the beers on the list are all regional brewers, expect for the Miller High Life that comes in the Champagne Michelada. Currently they have four beers on draft and four beers by the can. The wine The wine list is deep in unique producers and sub-$50 bottles; the concise beer list features local pours.
miller high life, thai basil salt, sriracha, lime
Cappelletti, sparkling wine, lemon, seltzer
Chicken Liver Mousse
Blueberries, Fennel Pollen, House-Made Brioche
Cabot Cheddar, Vidalia Onion Marmalade
Montauk Fluke Crudo
Peaches, Shiso, Ponzu
Greek Yogurt, Harissa, Pistachi
Virginia’s Details647 East 11th Street, New York, NY
Between Ave B & Ave C.
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