Restaurant of the Week: The Monday Room

Charlotte Kaiser Weinberg

The Monday Room is neither a wine bar, restaurant nor lounge, and yet somehow manages to be all three. Located within PUBLIC, chef Brad Farmerie’s noted Nolita restaurant, the Monday Room shares not just a space but the same inventive decor thanks to the stylish flair of trendsetting design firm AvroKO, co-owner of both establishments. Though a la carte options are available, drinkers and diners will do best to leave themselves in the hands of Farmerie and resident wine guru Ruben Sanz Ramiro, a charming mustachioed Spaniard. Three-course flights of wine -- available in red and white, regular and deluxe -- range from $19 to $40. A five flight with food pairings will set you back $75, but the experience is definitely worthwhile. Among the standouts at a recent, four-hour sitting: silky, raw Tasmanian sea trout with piccalilli (chopped pickled vegetables) and shichimi (Japanese spice mixture), paired with a 2005 Valdeorras As Sortes, a light-gold hued Spanish wine made from 100% Godello grapes; and crispy Dukkah (Egyptian spice blend) crusted sweetbreads with celeriac and green-apple slaw served alongside Blaufrankisch, a medium-bodied 2004 red from Austrian producer Weingut Glatzer. The space has a mere 25 seats, so reservations are a must for this true oeno-gastro experience. 210 Elizabeth St., (212) 343-7011.

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