I like to eat. We’ve covered that many times before. And I like wine. But I’m not a foodie and I don’t know much about wine. I know what I like and I like trying new things. Beyond that, well, I don’t really care about what grew where and the finer details. My head is already full of facts that I can’t keep straight.
So when a friend said she wanted to go to a new cheese and wine bar, at first I was a bit hesitant. I checked them out online and it looked like one of those places where everyone was just so serious. Like I’d have to study before we went so that I could know exactly what to order. Or worse, that everyone was going to be sitting around all night talking about the delicate undertones of whatever in their wine.
But then my friend said, “No, you’ll like the place. They have something on the menu called a Pig’s Ass Sandwich.” And I was sold. I figured, with a name like that it had to be good.
That first visit with my friend was probably over a year ago. I’ve been back several times since, with dates. It’s become one of my favorite places for a casual, fun, adventurous but not cheap, 3rd or 4th date. The place’s name is Casellula and officially it’s “a cheese and wine cafe”, not a winebar.
This is not the place to go if you’re either a picky eater or uncomfortable with experimentation. Like I said, I don’t know much about either wine or cheese. Luckily, the staff is both knowledgeable and patient and they’ll work with you to help you order. And it is the kind of place where you might need help ordering. I was completely unfamiliar with their wine choices (but have since tried several – all good) and the sheer amount of cheese on offer is mind numbing. Plus, you’ll want to save room for the Pig’s Ass Sandwich and dessert.
I do wish it were bigger and not always so crowded (although that does seem to be tapering off a teeny, tiny bit) but this spot in Hell’s Kitchen can be a great backdrop for dates. First of all, you have to navigate a pretty intimidating menu. Do you do it together or separately? Will your date ask for help from the staff, or insist they he/she knows everything? Do they enjoy trying new things or do they resent not being able to get their favorite type of wine (there is no merlot, no cabernet sauvignon, no chardonnay, no pinot grigio)? Basically I know, if I have fun with someone here, they are FUN.
Tags: Best Date Spots, food, wine bar