Seasonal Soup, Duo Of Hudson Valley Duck, Roasted Baby Rainbow Beets, Herbed Fries, Rosewater Panna Cotta
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Cuisine: Mediterranean , Tapas/Small Plates , Wine Bars
Chef: Amitzur Mor
Vareli is a neighborhood favorite for Morningside residents away from the usual Columbia crowd (and budget). The perfect spot for a romantic, candlelit dinner, Vareli's staff is courteous and happy to answer questions but remains low-key to afford intimacy to diners.
Chef Amitzur Mor's menu features both small plates and larger entrées, the former to share over a glass of wine or to mix and match to make a meal. Gems from the small plates include the Moroccan-inspired Grilled Octopus (14) served with chickpeas, olives and yogurt. The Warm Maine Lobster (17) is creative, served with a salad of apples, pears, endive and almonds. Entrées include succulent scallops (24) with perfectly cooked vegetables in a citrus vinaigrette and a Sumac-Rubbed Pork Chop (24) with roasted Brussels sprouts. Desserts continue in the vein of combining international cuisines, like the creamy Rosewater Panna Cotta (7).
The downstairs bar is the perfect place to sample a glass of wine from amongst the 100+ international and American labels and organic, Kosher and biodynamic choices, along with some of the “Lil' Bites” from the Late-Night Menu, available Thursday to Sunday until 2AM: artisan international cheeses (12/3, 16/5), charcuterie platters (16) and the grass-fed burger (12), one of New York's best.
Neighborhood: West 90s & Up
New York, NY
Hours: Mon-Wed 10:30am-10:30pm Thu-Fri 10:30am-11:30pm (bar kitchen opened til 2 am) Sat 3p-11:30p (bar kitchen opened til 2am) Sun 11:30p-10:30p
Payment: Amex Visa Mastercard Discover
Truly a gem
I have dined here several times & am always so pleased with my experience!! New to the UWS, I had been looking for a spot w/ a downtown feel, fab menu, and overall good ambiance. Enter Vareli's. I have probably tasted the entire menu and here are some of my favs: the cauliflower, saganaki, & grilled octopus apps, the beet salad, and the tilefish. NOTE: Ask for the burger...although not on the menu, it is offered (in secret) & is out of this world. Oh and their wine list is really extensive too!!
February 1, 2012, 4:34.37 pm ET
We lunch here often
The salads are generous enough to be a meal and delicious to boot. Amazing flavors and love the happy hour specials.
February 1, 2012, 11:10.27 am ET
As good as any in City and less expensive
This restaurant is our best kept secret but I suppose nothing this good remains hidden.
January 31, 2012, 11:16.26 am ET