Over the course of its six-year run on East 60th Street, the original New York location of Rouge Tomate became a major destination for wine lovers, thanks to the work of Master Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier. Now, Rouge has been reborn in Chelsea as something that’s cozier and a bit more rustic. The menu still has an emphasis on healthy stuff, but now it’s broken into snacks and shareable plates, like many of the popular neo bistros and natural wine bars around the city. Options on Andy Bennett's menu include mushrooms with fingerling potatoes, amberjack crudo, chicken liver with snails, zucchini with quinoa, and chicken with sunflower seed "risotto." The dishes are all listed by their main ingredients. Lepeltier’s list features a special emphasis on local producers and low-intervention wines. The bar is pouring around 25 wines by the glass right now. Take a look around the new Rouge, and if you happen to stop by, please let us know what you think.
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