July 16, 2011

HB Eats: Wined Up and Punched!

If you are looking for a great meeting spot in the hectic Union Square area, I recommend heading North for a bit to the wine bar Wined Up, on Broadway between 20th and 21st. This hidden gem is located on the second floor above the restaurant Punch (follow the signs). The relaxing atmosphere and happy hour specials are key to this venue's attraction.  The bar also offers a selection of tapas which are similar to the menu offerings downstairs.  Both areas have ample seating and a good vibe. 

As for the food, I only ordered food at Punch and the results were not very satisfying. I enjoyed the tuna tartar appetizer, and the roasted Atlantic cod for my entree was cooked well, but my mashed potatoes tasted way too much like pure dijon mustard.  One of my dining companions wasn't thrilled with his veggie burger either, but my other friend did enjoy the Maine lobster spaghettini.  I guess with an ecletic menu like Punch's, dining can be a hit or miss. I had been to Punch once before and I remember the ravioli being very tasty, so perhaps pasta is safe bet.  On the other hand, maybe after a few more drinks at Wined Up all of the food may taste great!   

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