BY CAROLYN ONOFREY Wined Up 913 Broadway Flatiron 212-673-6333/winedup.com I had been to Wined Up several times, always recommending it when in the area looking for a mellow place to stop after work. On my most recent trip I met some out of town guests for a drink and a light bite to eat on a Friday night.
It was about 7:00 and the place was mostly empty (all but about 3 tables). The low lighting with the wine bottles stacked on illuminated shelves made for a very pleasant atmosphere. I ordered the Priorat ($12/glass), a wine from Spain that was neither wet nor dry and had a subtle taste. It was a pleasant wine to sip on as I waited for the other components of my party. As I waited I also took a gander at the liquor menu which had an explanation and history of each of the different liquor types (gin, scotch, etc.).
When my friends arrived, we were quick to order a nice spread including a selection of cheeses, Brie, Pastore, and Cheddar along with soppresata ($17), always a favorite of mine. We also ordered the Tuna Tartare ($13) which was light and fresh, tasting more like a salsa than tartare, most likely from the cilantro and avocado vinaigrette. The baguette that was served stuck into the mound of meat was as hard as a rock, rendering it nearly impossible to consume the dish.
Our waitress next came out with a dish of the spicy edamame ($8) , the “truffled” blue crab fritters ($13), and the shrimp dumplings ($8). The edamame was a surprising twist on the otherwise pretty standard tapas fare-type menu, but it was well done, if not a little too spicy for comfort (and I am a huge spice fan). The dumplings and fritters were edible but lacking any special flair that would make me want to order them again, with the fritters even lacking any sort of truffle type flavor at all. After a few more glasses of wine, we were still hungry and ordered the shredded chicken and 5 onion quesadilla ($8). This was probably my favorite thing that we ordered, but it was still lacking the refinement that I look for in a wine bar. All in all, Wined up did not deliver. Each time I go, they seem to change the menu, and not for the better. I have given it several chances now and I regret to say that this time will probably be my last.