The expectations were high for this counter-service wine bar in East Austin, given the NYC bona fides of co-owners Arjav Ezekiel and Houston-born Tracy Malachek-Ezekiel. And they delivered, with a casual patio, evolving menu of adroitly executed food, and voluminous wine list (bottles come in clear-vinyl bags with some ice cubes, plus real glasses with stems, making the experience feel both fun and fancy). Panisse (chickpea) fritters, dusted with pecorino, were ethereally light, and fried morsels of rock fish were impossibly yummy. A roasted sweet potato topped with smoky bits of pork and crispy cubes of celery was point-counterpoint in texture and flavor. The steak with peppercorn sauce was sublime (the scallops merely fine). Dogs and toddlers are welcome. As are these relocated New Yorkers.
Cuisine: Wine Bar