Open barely two months, Winona’s—a modern European café and natural wine store—is led by executive chef Cressida Greening (formerly of The Breslin; she’s also a sommelier with The Court of Master Sommeliers). The wine list focuses on low-intervention, biodynamic, and natural wines, spotlighting small producers like Austrian couple Anita and Hans Nittnaus, who make terroir-driven biodynamic wines; and Pheasant’s Tears in Georgia, started by an American painter and an eighth-generation family winemaker. All can be paired with chef Greening’s menu, which includes anchovy toast with pepitas and parsley; tortilla española with piquillo pepper aioli; and lamb belly fritters with mint yogurt and Aleppo dust. An outdoor structure is slated to open mid-January where dinner on select nights and weekend brunch will be served; they also offer customers complimentary wine consultations via text to their wine hotline.
How to order: Reservations available via Resy. Pickup available via website and delivery via Seamless and Doordash. For complimentary consultation, text Winona’s wine hotline at 718-200-1261.
What to drink: Brown buttered rum
Named after the owners’ rescue pitbull mix, the recently-opened café by day/natural wine bar by night is attracting customers with natural ingredients and homey vibes, and coffee beans sourced from Parlor Coffee right down the street. Flavorful menu items like lamb belly fritters and boquerones toast are hearty cold-weather options, along with their decadent brown buttered rum drink, made with aged rum, amontillado (a dry sherry), cream, brown butter, and baking spice.
How to order: Order ahead of time for pickup through their website