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City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill has a 4000-bottle wine cellar.

City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill features a 4000-bottle wine cellar.

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The Bottom Line

This Zagat-rated restaurant is a paradise for wine enthusiasts with a 4000-bottle wine cellar, spectacularly displayed behind glass walls. The friendly atmosphere has attracted everyone from actress/songstress Hillary Duff to the New York Islanders.

Although the prices are what you'd expect from a restaurant with such high quality food, frequent specials make it affordable for those on a budget.

Pros

  • 4000-bottle wine cellar
  • good place to meet people (accommodates 250 people)
  • superb food
  • menu ranges from pizza to gourmet fare
  • spacious restaurant

Cons

  • can be noisy

Description

  • City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill address: 1080 Corporate Drive, Westbury
  • Phone: (516) 693-5400
  • Cuisine: Seafood, steak, burgers, pizza, sandwiches
  • Average tab per dinner entree: $25
  • Hours: Daily lunch and dinner. Tuesdays through Saturdays: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays and Mondays: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Bar service
  • City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill website

Guide Review - City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill

One of the first things I noticed about City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill was its sprawling size, and the next thing that struck me was its huge wine cellar, tastefully exhibited behind glass walls. The restaurant features tall brick walls with decorative artwork, and dark wooden tables and leather seats. If you sit in one of the banquettes, you might find it easier to get into, but harder to squeeze your way out after a heavy meal!

When my husband and I dined there, the hardest part of the evening was deciding which of the many delicious options to choose from. For an appetizer, my husband enjoyed one of the evening's specials: Oysters Rockefeller, topped with savory Asiago cheese. I ordered the pinenut-crusted warm goat cheese salad, which came with a fig balsamic vinaigrette and tasty chunks of figs. It was an excellent blend of flavors.

We also tried another appetizer: Mediterranean hummus, hearth-baked feta cheese, eggplant caponata, Moroccan olives and flatbread. We were not disappointed. The hummus (and just about anything you can think of on the menu) is made from scratch at the restaurant, and some of the best that I've ever tasted.

Our main courses were fresh and wonderfully prepared. My husband savored the rich crabmeat-crusted Chilean sea bass with Yukon Gold potato pancake and vegetable fricassee, and I enjoyed the grilled Atlantic salmon with a delicate artichoke-and-English pea risotto. We barely had room for dessert, but managed to share a decadent gelato sundae.

On a budget? Then take advantage of the frequent specials like select lunch entrees for $20.10. Ask about daily Sunset Specials from 5-6:30 p.m, which feature a three-course prix fixe for the price of an entree. There are also Tapas Tuesdays with tapas ranging from $3 to $9. Wine Down Mondays from 5-11 p.m. offer half off any bottle of wine under $99.

User Reviews

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 1 out of 5
City Cellars, Not the wine expert, Member Scottycabernet

Tried lunch at City Cellars. Wine list long and very pricey. For an establishment listing themselves as the ""Wine Cellar"" I would expect the management of wine much better. Spending $12.00 for a glass of wine in which the bottle has been opened and just the cork in it was dissapointing, You could tell the wine has deteriated and began to get aciditic. I explained to the bar maid that once a bottle of wine is opened it should be resealed with a rubber cork and vaccuum pump to take the air out. This would keep the wine alot longer. Then I noticed a food plate sitting by the kitchen waiting to be picked up by a waiter to be served for 15 minutes. I told this to the bar maid. Of course it was mine. She apologized but served it cold to me anyway. Needless to say, I did not eat the food and left the wine in a glass. The barmaid did not care. Not recommended.

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