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.
"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.