Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Rate-A-Restaurant #237: City Sip

Restaurant: City Sip

Location: 2150 W. Sunset (Echo Park)

Type of restaurant: Wine Bar

We stipulated: We had a Groupon for City Sip set to expire, and a rare evening out. We had to check City Sip out.

They stipulated:
"Wine for the People": "Small production, boutique wines that are value priced. We have a wonderful staff of winos who will guide you through our very extensive wine list and find your perfect match."

What we ordered:
The Catalan Panini (jamon serrano, manchego, and piquillo peppers) $13

High point: The space is great; a no-pressure place to enjoy a glass of wine with minimal pretension.

Low point: City Sip doesn't open until 5:30, which makes it tough to meet early on a Friday. (We've got a limited time window because of the kids.)

Overall impression: Once upon a time, it wasn't easy to find a wine bar in Los Angeles. Now they're everywhere. But there was something warm and appealing about City Sip, including the Echo Park location.

Chance we'll go back: Why yes, we probably will. I'm particularly intrigued by "After Nine Every Sunday" -- from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays, all open bottles are half-off by the glass.

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