That Upper West Siders
are flocking to
beautiful new lounge,
Dakota Bar, on 72nd and Columbus -
just down the block from the famous building
it is named after. Since quietly
it has become an
Smith PAGE SIX
In the food
industry for over 25 years,
created the famous Wine & Roses Bar
(2005- 2015) becoming the first pioneer of the new wave
of upscale wine bars now
flourishing throughout NYC and the country.
In 2010, Jennifer created the
cocktail version of the concept naming it the
'Dakota Bar' and opening
in NYC with
love on Valentines Day 2013. Jennifer is
working on her next great venue. To find out
Though named after the nearby apartment building
made famous as John Lennon's final stomping ground,
Jennifer Klein's Dakota Bar is more fit for a modern socialite
than a rock and roller. Frequented by tailored
thirty-something women .., its whimsical decor
-- featuring chandeliers fashioned out of brass
instruments, warm cream color scheme, and upbeat
music ... Inviting in its interior. With over
150 wines, plus inventive wine-based cocktails and
old-fashioned sugary concoctions such as the Pink
Squirrel (creme de noyaux, white creme de cacao, and
light cream),the Dakota Bar's drink list is artfully chosen...
sample the Dakota Bar's well-crafted creations."
"People Are Always Celebrating..."
"No stranger to the
Upper West Side, Jennifer
Klein has lived on the same block for thirty-two
years and describes the area as very
community-driven, interesting, and educational. She
has seen it change over the years and observes that
the neighborhood lacks places for locals to
socialize, relax and celebrate.
People are always
celebrating, Jennifer stated, and that's the niche
that The Dakota Bar wants to fill on West 72nd
Street and Columbus Avenue.
Though it boasts an extensive wine list, it's not
just a wine bar (although it would put many
so-called establishments to shame). The Dakota Bar
also features classic cocktails with a twist and
fresh ingredients, and the menu will soon expand to
include wine-based cocktails as well. The Dakota Bar
also offers a full menu to accompany your drink
selection including artisanal cheeses from all over
The world of wine is always changing: there are
always new varieties of grapes from up-and-coming
regions and climates. Tastes in other liquors are
also in flux. Who would have imagined that
chocolate-infused vodka would have existed noted
Jennifer. Indeed, the Upper West Side is not immune
to change either.
"Jennifer feels people crave more fabulous places
right here on the Upper West Side, and she has
certainly provided this at her Dakota Bar."
Terrific Take 0ut!
May 22, 2014
Valentine's Day 2013, The Dakota Bar has been
thriving in the Upper West Side ever since and the
overall experience was one of the best for us in
takeout in recent experience.
Jennifer Klein and her
husband, Todd, are both total peaches and we loved
meeting the stellar husband and wife team,
and it's clear they take
beaucoup de pride in their labor of love,
of course your dinner. The Dakota Bar is
named after the Dakota building, and you may know
Wine and Roses.
We began with the Arugula and
Mixed Greens salad, above. The invisible angle of
nutrition named Bloomberg who sits on Peachy's
shoulder applauded at the party of avocado, pears,
spiced walnuts, dried cranberries, red onions and
crumbled bleu cheese in balsamic vinaigrette. They
are detail-oriented here and remembered to put
dressing on the side as we asked. Totally fresh,
this salad was splendid and a laudable start.
For our main course we tried the Fettuccini which
was accentuated with pancetta, asparagus and peas in
a creamy white basil sauce served perfectly Al
dente. Delicious! And, it's pink and green -a
great color combination. Everything we ate was just
as visually appealing as it was tasty.
Without a doubt our favorite of what we tried was
the Shrimp Bruchetta. Chopped shrimp, avocado,
tomato and fresh mozzarella simply shined their
brilliance on a toasted baguette. We believe you
will be wowed too.
The Dakota Bar is absolutely Terrific Takeout!
We adored it and can't wait to return. Judging from
how popular it was when we popped in we advise the
wise to make a reservation. And oh my goodness wait
until you see the chandelier!
Dakota Bar has opened on the corner of 72nd street
and Columbus Avenue, and the cocktail lounge and
restaurant appears to already be drawing some nice
crowds. It’s owned and run by
Jennifer Klein, owner of Wine & Roses Bar.
Klein is a popular hostess and a local who lives
right down the block from the bar. Wine &
Roses sometimes attracted celebrities when she ran
tells us the current menu will likely change in the
coming weeks. The spot has a long wine list,
and a full menu, with pasta bowls, salads, hors
D'oeuvres and specialty sandwiches with ingredients
like crispy shrimp.
several steps above typical bar fare:"
"March 1, 2013:
Wine & Rosese &
Roses, drops a
neighborhood cocktail lounge on
Columbus. Bright green barstools and a
long chandelier provide some punch.
Seasonal cocktails, craft beer, and a
serviceable wine list. "
March 28, 2013
Will Stop In" By V.L. Hendrickson
the shadow of one of Manhattan's
most iconic apartment buildings,
the Dakota Bar is a comfortable
and lively new addition to West
Several area bars have closed
over the years, said owner
with new higher-end retailers
and restaurants moving in. Ms.
has lived across the street from
the bar for 32 years,
said "the neighborhood needed a
place where locals could have a
few lovely drinks, some food and
The Dakota has an extensive wine
list (Ms. Klein previously owned
a wine bar). Classic cocktails
dominate the drinks menu, with
options such as the Portly
Manhattan, with bourbon,
Muscatel and bitters, and the Pimms Cup, with muddled
cucumber, lemon and ginger ale.
Food options range from snacks
like olive and parmesan cheese
straws and seasoned eggplant
to salads and pasta dishes.
The restaurant also has a large
selection of cheeses "If you're
looking to nosh on something at
the bar, there's nothing better
than a beautiful presentation of
cheese," said Ms. Klein."
The Dakota Bar The Upper West Side's
"More Than Just Wine Bars"
May 13, 2013
Jennifer's Klein's new
restobar offers an extensive wine list, craft
beer, and innovative seasonal cocktails, with an
eclectic food menu featuring dishes from Spain to
Switzerland and France to Italy......"Put
away a stiff cocktail beneath a chandelier fashioned
from brass instruments at this moody retreat owned
by former Jordache model Jennifer Klein..."
2013 "...The highlight of this
Upper West Side spot is that it knows
its vino, and it stocks an extensive
October 10, 2011: "Former
Wine & Roses drama magnet
tries again.She was
a Jordache Jeans model and co-owner of
Wine & Roses. DNA Info reports that
Jennifer Klein is opening a new
bar and restaurant on the Upper West
Side called Dakota Bar, named
after a little ol’ rambler named the
Dakota. (The bar is down the street.)
-- by Alyssa Shelasky"
April 5, 2013:"Really, I am a
neighborhood guy. I ate lunch at the Dakota Bar. It was a Cobb salad, with chicken,
avocado, bacon, roasted peppers,
hard-boiled eggs, and blue cheese."
"It was Fantastic"
Outtakes From Richard Belzer's
Diet Shoot at
Photos: Melissa Hom for Grub Street.
Order: SVU star Richard Belzer is
a New York icon and Upper West Sider
who's also half diehard Francophile. 'I
live in France part of the year, so, you
know, I'm a food snob. A French
person can happily talk about
mushrooms for an hour, instead of
like, what do you do, and how much money
do you make?' "He
admits his eating habits are "eclectic
and eccentric." But after time in the
French countryside, he's fallen back
into a New York rhythm. We don't
make a habit of running outtakes from
photo shoots, but Richard Belzer today's
Grub Street Diet subject was such a good
sport at his Dakota Bar shoot
that it felt criminal to keep the
pictures private: a pose that makes him
a dead ringer for Disney's most famous
cartoon restaurant critic, goofily
knowing glances, and a strawberry
that he enjoyed perhaps too much..." -- by Alyssa Shelasky
"...Worth the Ambiance"
"...one of the most incredible
restaurant interiors that I've had the
privilege to experience"
Columbia Daily Spectator
by Yvonne Hsiao
"The best decision
I've made recently was swapping out my checkered
Converse sneakers for nude stilettos. They certainly
went better with the utter
chic-ness of Jennifer Klein's
Dakota Bar rather
versatile enterprise that is at once an upscale
lounge, a restaurant, and an impressive wine bar.
...Dakota has earned its place on the Upper West
Side with its beautiful brass instrument chandelier,
sophisticated color scheme of dark and bold, and
tendency to make a patron's wallet bleed..."
"Dakota carries gourmet
"As a cheese lover, I
was pleased with the artesian cheese platter.
First up was a piece of Romano, a hard cheese from
the northern Netherlands with complex toffee-like
notes. Then came the Spanish Zamorano with its nutty
and sharp taste, which was juxtaposed against its
delicate, melting texture. My favorite, though,
would have to be the French Tomme Fermier, a
smear-ripened cheese with odd but delicious hints of
chlorophyll and mushroom.
The entrees were
decent in culinary terms, and great in the context
in which they were served. The clean scent of
arugula testified to its freshness, and its
bitterness worked in favor of the crisp romaine.
Permeated with fresh potatoes and water-tamed red
onions, the salad had a slightly awkward, warm
juxtaposition with the wild mushrooms and tender,
but sodium-chocked, duck breast. However, with the
tangy and oddly citrusy goat cheese, this
experimental dish was complex and satisfying.
The walnut and Gorgonzola ravioli, meanwhile,
hovered on the verge of too indulgent. Walnuts
already ooze palpable oil when chewed and when
paired with such a rich Italian cheese, the sage
could not undercut the richness of it all, even with
its bright notes. General consensus around the table
for the drinkers who accompanied me, though, was
that the dish went well with the wine, which I
Although not a drinker myself, its easy to see
the ramifications of having a
wine connoisseur as
the owner of Dakota. This place boasts over 150
types of wines, with call brands for white and red
wine next to lesser-known creations and craft beer.
The Dakota Bar is a place to go for a splurge (think
first date or birthday celebration), fully aware
that essentially paying for its ambience which is
well worth it."
"NYC's 5 Best Bars"
- On The Upper West Side
Dakota Bar is a great date night spot with
its low lighting, beautiful wine wall, and great
shareable menu options. Start with one of their
finger plates like the mini empanadas,
portabella Mushroom Caps, or shrimp bruschetta
before moving onto something heartier like one
of their beautiful salads, crispy thin crust
pizzas or decadent pasta bowls. Of course you
can always share a cheese board and pair it with
the perfect bottle of white or red wine. Test
out one of their seasonal beers or end your
evening with Chester’s Anvil Mendocino
Gewurztraminer, a sweet wine that is one of
their Dakota Specials."
"Still Raising the
Bar - After All These Years!"
the food industry for over 25
years, Jennifer was one of the
very first pioneers of small
wine bars now flourishing
Jennifer was honored as
the Year" by the West Side
Spirit in 2007; in 2008 and 2009
by Wine Enthusiast Magazine for
operating "One of
the nation's most wine-friendly
restaurants" and from 2006 to
2010 received "Wine Spectator
Jennifer created the concept for
''The Dakota Bar' in 2010
opening with love on Valentines
directly about special
parties, planning, future venues, and business
to email Jennifer.
native Jennifer Klein is behind this
funky bar... Thirty wines by
the glass feature old-world
countries (France, Italy, Spain),
and there is an extensive bottle
list with more than 150 selections.
For a boozier sip, try a
red-wine-based tipple, or a cocktail
like the Who's Your Daddy, which
combines vodka and Sugar Daddy's
caramel. Nibble on cheese and
charcuterie, a club sandwich or
walnut-gorgonzola ravioli at one of
the multicolored banquettes,
illuminated by a 25-foot-long
chandelier made from brass
instruments." - Time Out Magazine
"Let's face it: when we think of the
Upper West Side, we don't always think of it as the
go-to destination for exciting nights out. Sure,
there have always been some places to go for a great
meal and cocktails but it's always been more of a
family-land with limited options at least, to us.
That's all changing now. Downtown darlings RedFarm
and The Smith have opened up shop uptown and there
are more and more cool spots cropping up around the
hood. But we have a new
favorite: Dakota Bar.
Opened earlier this year by
Dakota Bar is a fun and
energetic bar slash restaurant, serving up
some tasty cocktails and fantastic food located on
the prime corner of Columbus and 72nd Street.
Invoking the vibe of a trendy downtown cocktail
lounge, Dakota Bar has the requisite dark lighting
and flickering candles, good-looking and friendly
staff and comfortable seating at the wrap-around bar
and high-top tables.
Aside from having a great energy, Dakota Bar offers
an extensive wine list and really solid cocktail,
including the UWS Negroni and the bourbon-based
Portly Manhattan two of the drinks we sampled and
As for the food, there is a solid selection of
appetizers, salads, pizzas and pastas to sample. The
bite-size Mini Empanadas with black beans, Sante Fe
chili and cheese and Eggplant Fries were delicious
while the Arugula and Mixed Greens with pear,
avocado, dried cranberries and crumbled bleu cheese
is the perfect blend of flavors for a lighter meal.
The selections of pizza include a classic
Marguerite, a Shrimp and Asparagus and a Sausage and
Fennel with jalapeno which was highly recommended by
the gracious and helpful server. Looking for
something heartier? Dakota Bar has a handful of
pasta bowls like the Mushroom Stuffed Rigatoni,
Fusilli with cannelloni beans and broccoli pesto and
Walnut and Gorgonzola.
Now, with the opening of
Dakota Bar, Upper West Siders no longer have to trek
downtown for an exciting night out."
CHLOE BURNS / Bars in NYC
March 27, 2013
"Atmosphere Excellent - Decor
Excellent - Service Excellent"
present, the new bar in the area.
A famous name echoing a famous
landmark building. Totally
sophisticated atmosphere, even
glamorous; and a welcome presence on
the Upper West Side. Love it!'
November 19, 2013
restaurateur and wine pioneer
the Upper West Side's magic with
this romantic spot featuring
eclectic bites, a stellar wine list,
and creative cocktails (try the Love
Potion Number Wine featuring Bulldog
Gin, Prosecco, jasmine essence,
lemon juice and sugar, served in a
"Dakota Bar Offering
SHOT of NOSTALGIA
to UWS Bar Scene" by Emily Frost
January 30, 2013
WEST SIDE "With a massive marble bar, swiveling
chairs, chandeliers adorned with musical instruments
and retro cocktails, the Dakota Bar is looking
to help revive the bar scene on the Upper West Side. The Dakota Bar at 72nd Street and Columbus Avenue owned by former model and
Wine & Roses founder
Jennifer Klein will have its grand opening on
Valentine's Day following a year of renovations.
"We felt this corner needed something something
whimsical," said Jennifer Klein. "There are so
few places to connect and smile and meet your
The Dakota Bar will be open daily with an extensive
wine and beer list and a roster of signature
cocktails. The drinks will "have a nostalgic
feeling, using gum drops, liqueurs, and sugar daddy
cocktails and caramel liqueurs," said Jennifer Klein.
She drew inspiration from drinks she
remembers her mother drinking, like the Pink
Squirrel, typically made with creme de noyaux, white
creme de cacao and light cream. Klein will also
serve a variety of wine-based cocktails: "You could
start with Cabernet with fruits and simple sugar and
pick any kind of liqueur." Or she said she'd mix
white wine with vodka and herbs. "We are here with
[older] people who could relate to nostalgia...and a
lot of younger people will [also] relate," she said.
In April, Klein will debut a "punch brunch" with
several different punches alongside a full brunch
menu. Klein said she and her husband, Todd,
who live a block away, have always had a fascination
with the Dakota, and decided to name the bar after
the legendary building.
The 1,200-square-foot restaurant fits 100 people and
Klein said, "everywhere you sit, you can see out the
windows." The bar has a wall of south and west
facing windows that will showcase the sunset and can
be opened in the summertime, she said. A glamour
shot of Klein from her modeling days and dark tables
add to the bar's grown-up feel in the
family-friendly neighborhood. To add to the
atmosphere, which features large green bar chairs
and maroon swivel chairs, the bar will "play
great funky music from every era," she said.
Though the Dakota Bar is surrounded by popular
restaurants, Klein said the bar's emphasis is on the
drinks menu. "We're not a restaurant," she said.
"We're a bar first." However, the food on
offer will come in big portions.
The menu includes: 10
salads, 10 pastas, 10 "really big sandwiches,"
Charcuterie, pates, and cheese boards with three to
"We want to fill everybody
up," she said."
Upper West Side's
Nightlife Scene Heats Up
by Emily Frost
March 10, 2013
UPPER WEST SIDE "Upper
West Siders have long known that if they want a
good drink and a hopping nightlife scene free of
college students and sports bars, they'd have to
head below 59th Street. All that's changing now,
heat up the after-hours scene uptown, offering
nightlife options upscale enough to complement their
food menus. Owners are recognizing that
there's demand for spaces where patrons can stop in
for a pre-theater drink, sit down for a formal
dinner, enjoy a few rounds of cocktails or celebrate
a Saturday night in style... ...Jennifer
Klein, who opened The Dakota Bar, said she'd
also noticed the changes and wanted to be part of
"[Columbus] Avenue desperately needs nighttime
places," she said. Klein said she's happy her
bar is among the new nightlife options and believes
the competition will stir interest. "It
happened in the Meatpacking District," she said.
"The more things that come up here, it's going to
...Owner Jennifer Klein
saw a need for a sophisticated bar
along Columbus Avenue that mixed nostalgia with
bold, modern colors and decor to create a new
after-hours place people would seek out. The
Dakota Bar has a sizeable wine selection, but with
'hopping' music and nostalgic cocktails, Klein was
aiming to create a fun, lively bar.
The Dakota Bar seats about 100 people and will
serve food in large portions, said Klein,who
added that seeing a lot of "cool retail stores" on
the avenue signaled to her that it was time for the
dining scene to catch up.
August 23, 2006
& ROSES: Todd Klein likes
to say that this wine bar and cafe
is his 25th anniversary gift to his
wife, Jennifer, who will run
it. The bar, with seating at white
marble counters, is to open
tomorrow. Mrs. Klein has stocked ...
aising the bar!"
TimeOut food critics The
"The space that once housed the 'World of Nuts and Ice Cream' was transformed into
an elegant destination featuring wine from small producers (45 by the glass, over 150 by the bottle), brick walls, and a U-shaped, marble bar lined with candles and fresh roses.
It's no wonder Wine and Roses is a hit with couples. The beret wearing owner, Todd Klein, got it as an anniversary gift for his wife Jennifer. Here's to husbands raising the bar! ..."
- TimeOut food critics
"LIVELY, LOVELY, WINE BAR" by Yon Motskin
"A white marble bar and exposed brick walls set the stage for a lively yet romantic husband-and-wife-run Upper West Side wine bar. Sophisticated couples in blazers and heels fill their stomachs with Mediterranean snacks, while over a hundred boutique wines from France, Italy and California help drown the stress from their toddler being put on the prep-school wait list."
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May 13, 2007
it was only
a matter of
Mr. Klein, a
are to come.
it be if the
Top Romantic Date Spots"
by Melanie Berliet - CitySearch Editor
February 8, 2010
"...Much like the art of
seduction, the art of wine pairing can be
tricky. But this Upper West Side spot, which
boasts an award-winning wine list, makes
picking the vino easy, so you can spend
more time gazing at your lover and less time
scouring a lengthy menu. Dim lighting
and comfort food offerings like quiche
and baked ham also make Wine & Roses a
quality spot for wooing..."
2008 - 2009
"Parents in town?
Let a visit to this upscale vino
bar prove what a sophisticate
you’ve become since college. The
place serves dozens of reds and
whites by the glass, all from
boutique wineries, and the list
changes every few weeks. Laid
out to encourage
cross-pollination of groups, the
nook fills up fast—but doesn’t
accept reservations. However,
owner Jennifer Klein
has been known to let a “really
sweet” e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
persuade her otherwise."
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"...a classier way..." by Wendy Ilene FriedmanDecember 27, 2007 "Jennifer and Todd Klein opened Wine and Roses on Columbus Avenue and consistently hosts a full house...
an upscale crowd of all ages..."
* * * * *
Wine & Roses...
"providing a broad selection of fine wines and
light fare to dedicated crowds of discerning
* * * * *
May 24, 2007
":..Fourteen finalists were chosen
for yesterdays mix-off from hundreds
of drink recipes sent by city
bartenders to the Department of
Consumer Affairs and the state
restaurant association. The first
runner-up, (Jennifer Klein's
Wine & Roses) "Champrosia" was
cocktail of rose water champagne and
blueberry pomegranate juice with
edible rose petals on top.
* * * * *
2007 "For former catering company owner, Jennifer Klein, starting a wine bar brand (she plans to open several more in the next two years) was the beginning of the second phase of her life. "I had gone to wine bars in Europe and saw they were becoming more popular," she says. With that instinct she recently opened the first Wine & Roses on Manhatttan's Upper West Side. "We wanted a communal atmosphere that revolves around the wine, brings people together, no matter what age." ...
* * * * *
"Not all wine bars pair the fruit of their cellar with fancy cheeses; home cooking matches up just as nicely. That’s the theory, at least, behind Wine & Roses. This new wine bar is operated by Todd Klein and his wife,
Jennifer. Look for pâtés and panini to be combined with a selection of approximately 200 different bottles of wine. Wine & Roses, 286 Columbus Ave., New York, 212-579-9463."
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Things We Love
City's Most Enchanted Locales
"For an apres-opera toast, a lovely destination is Wine & Roses, a neighborhood wine bar. How romantic is this cafe? Owner Todd Klein gave it to his wife, Jennifer, for their 25th Anniversary." - where magazine
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"FOR THE BEST WINES AROUND
THE WORLD, IT MAKES SENSE TO VISIT A PLACE WHERE
EVERYTHING REVOLVES AROUND THE WINE.
Proprietor Jennifer Klein heads up this
ultra-chic wine bar
on Columbus Avenue where sophisticates gather
for superb wine and down-to-earth pastas, pates,
paninis, salads, specialty meats, global
cheeses, and more. With Alfredo seating and a
white marble bar against a brick wall backdrop,
the elegant atmosphere sets the stage for
wine lovers that are all smiles and lots of
fun. The intimate venue is perfect
for private parties and romantic nights out.
...An experience unlike any other in New York...one
of the best wine bars in the city."
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Jennifer and her venues:
In the food industry for over 25 years.
The Jane & Goldie
Manufacturer of crispy snacks and dips.
1991 to 2001
Featured in Baking & Snack Magazine June 1998
MAY 19, 2010
& Roses is a classic neighborhood eatery and
"Wine and Roses
one of the hottest wine bars on the Upper
West Side.Celebrities and
neighborhood regulars enjoy the down to
earth atmosphere, great wine selection and
delicious casual meals from pasta
to paninis and more. The international
and local cheese offerings make it a perfect
place to relax and enjoy a classic New York
evening. Jennifer Klein and her husband Todd
have been UWS residents for over 30 years
and have worked hard to make this a
destination with a neighborhood feel. "We are so happy to
be a part of the
New Taste of the Upper West
"We love this neighborhoodand are always happy to give back to it
as it has been so good to us."
Look for some of their sensational
deserts at the tasting. This decadent and
delicious event will showcase some of the
best local award winning talent including...Jennifer's
award winning Champrosia!
* * *
May 9, 2010
and John Krasinski
under the stars at
WINE & ROSES
sidewalk cafe on
February 18, 2010
at the bar of
Jennifer Klein's WINE &
on the Upper West Side."
January 25, 2010 "ABBY Elliott,
the youngest cast member
of "Saturday Night
Live," sipping vino
at WINE & ROSES
on Columbus Avenue
while catching a rerun
of "SNL" on the
TVabove the bar."
December 16, 2009
"WE HEAR that Wine & Roses
and husband Todd
are toasting their 29th
anniversary tomorrow at
Studio 54 by
taking in Carrie Fisher's hit show,
November 27, 2009"SNL star Kristen Wiig
getting many compliments on her new, short,
blond shag from beau
and friends Richard Kind and Noah
as she swirled a Midnight Pinot at WINE &
August 20, 2009
sipping Sancerre with
Jennifer Klein's WINE &
on Columbus Avenue."
"WE HEAR that
partied hard at
WINE & ROSES
on Columbus Avenue after
Autobiography show the
other night at the
read The Jonas Bros."
"CELEBRITY WRAP-- Monday night's
wrap party for
brought the play's stars
Richard Kind, 'LateNet'
Ray Ellin, 'The
Sherri Shepherd, Kristen
Alan Cumming and
WINE & ROSES
on the Upper West Side.
from 'Footloose' was
there, too, and she's a
concert cellist now, in
case anyone was
wondering," A spy told
Page Six:"And Alan was
kissing everyone at the
MAY 30, 2014
is about to reopen the doors of Wine and Roses, the Upper West Side
bar she made a glittering
destination on Columbus Avenue.
Locals are cheering Klein's
September 25, 2009
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
at Wine & Roses
Abbey Elliot, Jenny Slate, Nasim
* * *
"Football with a
By Frank Bruni
West 73rd and
called Wine &
lovely name and
you for what you
there, for the
way some of its
their time. As
they sip their
gaze into a high
corner of the
cozy space where
a television set
of the moment.
I walked by
Wine & Roses
the New York
enough, the game
HIGH DEF SATELLITE
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AWARD OF DISTINCTION 2008
"Congratulations Wine & Roses.You’ve
been selected as one of the nation’s most
Yours is one of a
select number of restaurants in North America to
be honored with this recognition. It represents
your dedication to delivering the most
wine-friendly experience to your patrons.
We are proud that, through your commitment and
creativity, you have helped make wine an
important part of the total dining experience."--
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
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NYC Wine Bars with OUTDOOR SPACE
"Wine & Roses -- This is the place
for wine-loving Upper West Siders and the people who
is a great spot, but be
forewarned, it fills up quickly. Having received Wine
Spectator's Award of Excellence in 2007 and 2008, Wine &
Roses has a laudable 40 wines by the glass and nearly
200 wines by the bottle with a well-rounded cheese
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"Wine and Roses is not shy
about employing its namesake flower in as many ways as
possible: roses are on every table, and petals are
scattered on the ground in the outside seating area.
The sort of ...romantic vibe continues through to
the bar’s back story: the place itself was a gift to the
owner from her husband on their 25th wedding
Otherwise, the focus is on wine
- each selection on the menu is described
quasi-poetically (think phrases like “layers of iron”
and “dried flowers and blackberry”). But
the knowledgeable, decidedly
will not dissuade you from ordering a Pinot
Grigio with your plate of assorted meats.
A full menu of food–from bar
snacks to pasta dishes to rich chocolate desserts–is
also available, as well as a small selection of beers.
The cozy space steadily fills with pairs of
after-work corporate casuals starting around seven in
the evening, but rarely feels too crowded." -
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ARE LOOKING UP FOR THE WEST SIDE!"
"Jennifer Klein, the owner manager has worked in the
wine and food business for 15 years...with the help from
husbandTodd...has transformed this
into a communal home for all Westside wine lovers...The
single room has high ceilings, exposed brick, and
restored detailing. The U-shaped, marble topped
bar is surrounded by high tables and comfortable stools.
The tall windows fronting the street look out on
sidewalk tables in the summer and give the place a
distinct European flair. A noted consulting sommelier
helped Jennifer assemble a list of 150 choices by the
bottle and 25-30 by the glass...All regions are
represented...The tall lovely
Jennifer plans the menu as well, picking what
will pair well, like the delicious Swedish meatballs.
Salads, pasta, cured meats, and paninis round out the
menu. Things are looking up for
the West Side!"
'TOP TEN' WINE BARS
IN NEW YORK
by Brindles Lee Macon
"Wine and Roses.
The rich and famous, movie stars and television
stars often come to this ten best selection. Wine
and Roses is chic and elegant. You'll find the best
wine and food menu in town. If you want a chance of
spotting a famous star out on the town, visit this
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"Still Raising the
Bar After All These Years!"
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"Jennifer opened THE DAKOTA BAR
on Valentines Day 2013."
To contact Jennifer
directly about special party planning, future venues, and business
to email Jennifer.
Award of Excellence
Jennifer Klein's Wine & Roses "is
honored by Wine Spectator for having one of the
most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the
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WINE LIST & FOOD MENU Over 38 wines by the glass, and 180
by the bottle of specially selected
wines from around the world stored in temperature controlled
EuroCaves and served in fine crystal stemware.
WINE LIST DESCRIPTION...
FABULOUS FOOD MENU
surround your wine and your senses.
CHILLING OUT AT W&R
Steven Tyler & Todd
Nightly music featuring Todd's exclusive iPod mixes
of pop, jazz, rock, r&b, and just some really good stuff:)).
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"CLASS ACT ON COLUMBUS"
"A husband and wife duo's
sophisticated hang-out "
by Wendy Ilene
1, 2007 - "With its tasteful, cool
interior of exposed brick walls, dark wood and a
room defining marble counter-top, Upper West
Siders Jennifer and Todd Klein have
transformed what was once a "World of
Nuts" shop into
a much-needed upscale adult wine bar
called Wine & Roses.
"We were in need of a grown-up place," Co-Owner
Jennifer Klein said. As Zagat's
said, "It's the first adult bar on the Upper
The bar, on Columbus Avenue between West 73rd
and 74th Streets, was a neighborhood favorite
from day one. The proprietors
visualized a place where people could gather and
enjoy themselves. They succeeded.
Although it opened just a little more than a
year ago, the establishment is busy every night. "They took such joy in the project," said
Barbara Adler, executive director of the
Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District
(BID). "They put their heart and soul into it.
The pay-off is that they were an instant
The husband-and-wifeteam did a
complete renovation of the building.
During the construction they continually
discovered elements of the landmark building's
pre-war structure behind walls and in the
ceiling. "We kept digging and we kept finding."
Jennifer Klein said.
Inside the bar, fresh roses on each table, a
meticulously clean sidewalk cafe and
floral-shaped ceiling lamps ad to its ambiance.
The light fare menu complement the most notable
element of the eatery -- the wine list.
"We don't sell any corporate wines," Jennifer
said. "We use smaller producers. "They are
a little different and off the beaten track."
When the bar was honored with the prestigious
Wine Spectator award in 2007, the Kleins
realized that their work, dedication and
intensive study of wine-making had finally paid
off. "When you put a lot of
effort and you are appreciated, it feels good,"
Jennifer Klein said.And the
neighborhood also appreciates them. At any
time during the night the room is filled with a
sophisticated crowd of singles, couples,
friends, co-workers and first dates. "You'll
find people from all over here," she
said. "It's a communal-type place and
caught on by word of mouth."
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APRIL 1, 2008 --
spot to bring your significant other
after a big fight that was all your
fault? Wine & Roses is a modern,
but still sexy wine bar that
attracts oenophiles as well as
amateurs. They’ve got an
extensive selection from around the
world, and New Zealand pinot noirs
are not placed too far from New York
State Rieslings. The experts here
can pour you 40 wines by the glass
and there are over 180 wines by the
bottle (you might need them all if
that fight was a biggie).
Meticulously matched food
are offered as well. Open seven days
a week and packed to the walls most
weekends, be warned, it gets overly
loud at night. They can
accommodate your needs for parties
and can help you set up a private
wine tasting. Hmm…maybe privacy
will be better!"
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& Roses is packing them in, which is good for socializing
singles. As wide ranging music plays, you
can sample (45) wines by the glass, along with finger foods
such as pizza bites and panini... Just don't get too
comfortable... There are plenty of other wine lovers
jostling for your table."
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MARCH 4, 2010
"This sophisticated wine bar serves dozens of monthly changing reds and whites by the glass and over 100 by the bottle, all sourced from boutique wineries. The impressive U-shaped granite bar makes for a great place to mingle with fellow winos -- but with a seating capacity of only 35 the joint fills up fast, and they don't take reservations."
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ZAGAT NIGHTLIFE Ratings & Review
“Much needed in the Upper West Side scene...This easygoing wine bar is one of the few adult places to have a drink!”
Photo by Todd Klein - September
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