Here's a Wine-Driven Reason to Venture to Times Square -- and a Way to Score a Deal
It's likely that you've only been to Times Square's Marriott Marquis for an event or to visit a hapless relative who booked a room there, so it's understandable if you missed the fact that The View (1535 Broadway, 212-704-8900) -- New York's only rotating restaurant -- is in the midst of a dinner series meant to lure in locals who love wine.
All photos by Bradley Hawks
"Bringing hands-on winemakers to New York to discuss and share their stories and techniques allows a select few to get unique perspectives on the way wine is made and the care that goes into the process," explains Erik Nygren, director of The View Complex. "We have the incredible opportunity to feature a wide variety of wineries this year, from Italian producers, to small production California, to French Champagne, to marquee producer Duckhorn."
The next dinner is this Tuesday, May 13, and it features Pinot Noirs from MacPhail Winery, a boutique producer from the Sonoma Coast. "We wanted to feature a winery that does not mass produce," explains Nygren. "MacPhail wines is bonded for 5,000 cases a year, which will keep it a small production winery. This allows James MacPhail to ensure each wine he makes will receive the amount of attention it deserves."
And MacPhail -- who is the owner, grower, and winemaker -- will be present to discuss the wines on Tuesday, which will be paired to a one-night only menu from chef Charlie Hansji.
"The beauty of Pinot Noir," explains Hansji, "is that it is the most food-friendly red wine. It can be lighter in style to more complex, depending on the specific vineyard. Our menu for the dinner reflects the diversity of these wines, moving from scallops to duck to Wagyu strip loin."
"This is a rare opportunity to meet the most prestigious wine makers in the business on a very intimate scale," adds Nygren. "The dinners are limited to 30 people, and have a 45 minute reception before each so everyone in attendance will have a great opportunity to speak to the wine makers individually."
The dinner runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and cost $130 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, for a four-course dinner and all of the wines.
The View also has a pair of upcoming dinners planned: It will offer Champagne from the House of Heidsieck on September 9 -- plus a unique opportunity to enjoy the Piper-Heidsieck "Rare" -- and the restaurant will feature Duckhorn Winery on November 4. One of the winemakers from that Napa Valley producer, famous for its Merlot, will be in attendance.
And here's a sweet deal for you: Readers who mention they saw the dinners on the Village Voice's Fork in the Road will receive 20 percent off their tab.
To reserve, email Reservations@TheViewNYC.com or call 212-704-8900.
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