If you know Pearl River, you know: it’s easy to find a great glass of Guinness — but not so easy to find a good glass of pinot noir. Until now, at least. Pearl River is now home to it’s first wine bar: Bin 41.
The owners, Armando and Milagros Cerdeira, are not new to Pearl River. Milagros used to own By the Bottle, a wine shop in Nanuet, and the Cerdeiras partner with Armando’s brother, Ricardo, to own Quinta Steakhouse across the street. But rather than a full-fledged meal at a steakhouse, the crowd at Bin 41 is looking to pair their wine with just a little nibble or two.
The wine list is a nice mix of Old World wines from Europe and New World wines from North and South America. There are 24 wines available by the glass of the bottle — a dozen each of reds and whites — and every selection on the menu comes with a concise and well-written description, so you know what’ you’re getting before you even take your first sip.
The Cerdeiras are from Portugal, so it’s not surprising to see a diverse selection of Ports on their menu, too, including two white Ports — Barros Lagrima and Andersen 10-year-old — something I’ve never seen on a menu in Rockland before. There are also two rubys and four tawnys.
The menu is a small selection of small plates called “Picks.” Try the marinated fresh mozzarella with basil and roasted red peppers served with warm bread. The olives are also lovely.
Desserts are brought in from the Nyack bakery Didier Dumas. And here’s a bonus: if you’re looking for that glass of pinot noir and your date wants that glass of beer, you might find a happy medium here: there is an excellent selection of Belgian and German beers, too. Sorry, though, no Guinness. But that’s easy enough to find in Pearl River.
— Donna Schmidt