by VR Scavo
It’s the new year and you finally scored a date with the cutie you have been eyeing for months — now you just have to find a place to go.
Don’t worry, we got you covered. Pick up the phone right now and call this number for a reservation: (201) 963-WINE.
This is the direct line to Bin 14, Hoboken’s first and only wine bar located on the upper end of Washington Street near 14th. Under the guidance of Chef-Owner Anthony Pino — also chef and owner of The Dining Room at Anthony David’s — this little place sets the bar high with its savory menu and, as expected, an extensive wine list. When we asked the bartender what was good, she looked us dead in the eye and said, “Everything.” And we believed her.
The menu is tapas style so you can order as little or as much as you like and all is perfect for sharing with your date, giving you the opportunity to get close. Various cheeses, cured meats, and salads make for great starters, but do not leave without trying a few of the different types of bruschetta, each served on a small slice of toasted Italian bread. Note: The wild mushroom, pecorino and truffle is phenomenal.
Also offered on the menu are sharing plates with petite portions. Some of the standouts are the fried risotto with fontina served with salsa verde and the grilled octopus, andouille, cannellini, and cauliflower. Pizzas are personal-sized, order the traditional margherita style or get creative with lobster complemented with garlic, spinach, and mascarpone cheese.
Mezza entrees, or half portions, include grilled hanger steak with chili fries, pan-roasted Chilean sea bass with creamy polenta and romesco, and potato gnocchi with oxtail ragout and red onion gastrique. Nightly specials are also available.
The wine list features more than 100 wines, but is easy to navigate with headings such as: Light and Crisp White, White Rich and Full, Red Light and Fruity, and Red Rich and Structured. And with 2-ounce pours, it is easy to try as many as you like. Once you find the right match for your palette, opt for a 6-ounce pour or a bottle.
The interior has the feel of being in your own private wine vault. One side of the narrow room has wine bottles as high as the ceiling. Wooden tables with crisp place settings are neatly aligned against an exposed brick wall on the opposing side. An added bonus is the staff, which is cheerful, friendly and accommodating.
Seatings are available on Friday and Saturday evenings at 6 p.m., 7:45 p.m., and 9:30 p.m., with a late night menu available until 1:30 a.m. The rest of the week is not restricted to seatings, but reservations are strongly recommended. The kitchen closes at 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with a late night menu available from 10 to 11 p.m. The wine bar is also open for lunch during week and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Wine enthusiasts are welcome to try for a seat at the bar on any night, but good luck, with this food-and-wine pairing, you may also find yourself on the waiting list.
1314 Washington Street
(201) 963-WINE (9463)