A new bar focusing on the delightful effervescence of sparkling wines opens this evening in a small subterranean space on MacDougal Street. Ravi DeRossi, the restaurateur who's been opening places left and right, takes on bubbly at Riddling Widow, which is offering an ever-changing list of wines plus some nibbles to accompany them.
Terroir alum Tanner Walle serves as beverage director here; for now, it's just wines, but cider and beer will debut soon too. Vintages are available by the glass or bottle, with prices ranging from $9 and up to $25 by the glass for the fancy stuff. There's also a $136 bottle of Lahertes Freres champagne for special occasions. Surely the NYU kids will avail themselves of this new spot when their parents come to town.
The team says the space gives off an "edgy vibe," words not often associated with wine. Red velvet couches, a black marble bar, black velvet wallpaper, that sort of thing. There are also oysters and cheese, plus bread, butter and "different salt varieties."
127 Macdougal Street, (212) 598-1809; website