081508vintirv.jpgVintage Irving: Hey everybody, there’s a new wine bar and small plates place opening! Now you have a zillion and one to choose from – except this one’s different, at least a little; it features a cozy private tasting room where the owners plan to host sommeliers and celebrity chefs, starting with Top Chef survivor Sam Talbot, Eater reports. In the meantime, the public is free to enjoy what Strongbuzz describes as the “countryside café” ambiance evoked by exposed brick walls, hardwood furniture and an old-fashioned take-out window. There are 26 craft beers, over 80 wines from all regions of Europe, classic cocktails, and an absinthe bar. Chef Jason Bunin’s menu ranges from Bouillabaisse to grilled shell steak with bleu cheese mashed potatoes, red onion confit, and a port wine reduction. 118A East 15th Street, (212) 677-6300.

Apiary:
NY Mag has a sexy photo of this new “Central Village” restaurant furnished by Ligne Roset, the modernist French interior design company. One look, and you can just about hear the mob calling for yuppie scum to die. This New York Apiary joins a growing family of Apiaries, with locations in Vienna, Paris, and Moscow. The chef is Neil Manacle, formerly of Bar Americain and Bolo, and his menu is haute American, with entrees like rabbit with wild mushrooms and brown butter spaetzel, and spice-crusted lamb with sweet and sour fruit sauce and sugar snap peas. WWD reports 24 microbrewed beers available, “including hipster faves like Legacy Brewing’s Pyschedelic Ale and Magic Hat’s Hocus Pocus.” 60 Third Avenue, (212) 254-0888.

Il Porto:
Across the river and down the market there’s a new brick oven pizza place that’s not to be confused with the tourist trap of the same name at the South Street Seaport. This one’s in Wallabout, a plucky little neighborhood north of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, near the Navy Yard. Brownstoner discovered the place and provides a helpful map, along with lots of photos and mention of “the full bar and lots o' tables.” 37 Washington Avenue, Wallabout, Brooklyn, (718) 624-0954.

Photo courtesy Emily Gilbert.