Master sommelier and restaurateur Laura Maniec's newest outpost of Corkbuzz opens tonight on the 15th st. side of Chelsea Market. The warm, modern space is lined with wood, hand painted tiles and exposed brick, and is meant to evoke a European plaza. Seating in the narrow space is available on a set of large wooden stairs dotted with small cushions, which will also double as a place for lectures on wine led by Maniec. The menu is a collaboration with Maniec's friend chef Missy Robbins, who left A Voce this spring. The acclaimed chef is temporarily helping out with Corkbuzz, before she begins work on her own project.
Dishes include stellar gougères, plus marinated white anchovies served with buttered rolls; veal tartare with lardo, caraway seeds and mustard; and cannoli filled eclairs for dessert. There will also be snacks and sandwiches to go for those who want to wander along The Highline. Maniec's wine menu is 150 bottles deep and she will bring her Champagne Campaign (half off bottles of champagne from 4-5 p.m. and after 10 p.m.) over to the new location. She's also gotten some top sommeliers to recommend their favorite wines — the picks are marked on the menu with their initials.