South Gate Restaurant in New York debuts iPad Wine List
July 26, 2010
A wine list of more than 650 bottles can be intimidating to some, which is why New York City's South Gate restaurant launched a custom-designed iPad wine tablet to help diners navigate its extensive menu of wines. South Gate, located inside the Jumeirah Essex House (now JW Marriott Essex House New York) near Central Park, is the city's first restaurant to use a specially-designed iPad wine tablet, turning Apple's popular touch-screen device into an interactive wine list for the restaurant's customers.
Using an application called SmartCellar, the tablet provides detailed information about not just the wines but also the major wine regions and varietals. The list is automatically updated as wines sell out, ensuring accurate inventory. South Gate's sommelier will use the iPad wine list to educate patrons on the restaurant's 650-plus bottles of wine, or invite guests to access the information themselves, giving them a new and fun way to choose their wines.