Niche Niche, Deliciously Entertaining…

Original…that’s Niche Niche.

The shiny new concept from Ariel Arce, the owner of Tokyo Record Bar and Air’s Champagne Parlor, is a delectably fun hit.

Located on the corner of King and MacDougal in SoHo, Niche Niche is an intimate, casual dining establishment that seats 30.

The menu reflects the evening’s featured wines.

The cost is $40 for food and $40 for the wine pairings.

The premise is a one night wine and dinner party and you don’t have to do any clean up.

Members of the wine community curate a different tasting every night of the week for a groovy group of patrons like me.

There are two seatings…the party gets going at 6pm and the second seating is at 8:15pm.

Katie Perla

Our host on a recent Friday night was Katie Perla, author and sommelier.

Katie circulated all evening discussing wine and answering any and all questions.

Our theme was a southern Italian dinner party.

The experience kicked off with a fabulous charcuterie and cheese plate with homemade focaccia paired with a 2018 A Vita Rosato, a fruity rose from Calabria.

This was followed by a generous serving of superb Hamachi accompanied by a medium bodied white with citrus notes, Ciro Picariello Fiano di Avellino 2018.

The next course was a lovely salad and an elegant red 2014 Cantina Giardino Aglianico Drogone.

Next…outrageous fresh jumbo asparagus and leeks.

The main course was a delectable pasta in a cream sauce with mushrooms and a bolognese pasta for meat eaters paired with Natalino del Prete Aleatico Sorso Antico 2016.

Dessert was an outstanding chocolate cake married with a delightful sauce paired with a terrific dessert wine, Bella Ciao Apostinella podere Venen Vecchio 2018.

Chef Aaron Lirette

We sat at the bar and interacted with the accomplished, personable and renown Chicago chef, Aaron Lirette.

Special Club

After dinner, you are invited to tour the wine cellar and check out Special Club, a music venue and private room downstairs from Niche Niche.

For something different, seek out Niche Niche…it is a uniquely fun time.

Niche Niche 143 MacDougal Street New York City. Open for dinner Monday-Thursday 6pm-Midnight, Friday and Saturday 6pm-1am. Reservations on Resy. After 10:00 p.m. Niche Niche opens to the public for wine and snacks. Special Club, a live music lounge, is located in the basement.

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