* Click here for rating key
THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Vin Restaurant Review: First of all, it’s pronounced “vine.” But whatever language you choose, Vin’s name indicates its affinity for wine. It boasts a wide-ranging list with 200 bottles, 32 wines by the glass, and a “Nitrogen Preservation System” that keeps wine fresh after being uncorked. Diners need not be oenophiles to appreciate chef Christopher Paternotte’s vision, though. The dining room has a sleek, masculine sophistication, with horseshoe banquettes facing the bar and splashes of red and black. The cuisine is similarly reminiscent of Fifties steaks-and-cocktails culture, combining such retro-glam fare as lobster Thermidor with well-prepared comfort-food classics and creatively-topped wood stone-oven flatbreads (aka pizzas). One of the most welcome innovations is the “World’s Tiniest Dessert Menu,” with pretty two-bite minis of such treats as chocolate ganache cake and apple crisp with cardamom ice cream. In warm weather, head for the Grove, an outdoor patio with an elegant beachy ambience.