Even though Mariela’s Wine & Espresso Bar is located in Pound Ridge, owner Alex Rubeo wants his customers to feel like they are inside a local wine/espresso bar in Italy or France when they step through the doors. So he went for a quaint atmosphere with dark browns and hard wood, and gave customers the option of sitting at a bar or at cozy tables for two.
There are at least 16 wines by the glass or bottle and, of course, coffee drinks, too. If you’re hungry, there’s also a menu of antipasti, small plates, and salads. Tempting selections include Crab Cocktail, Country Pate, and Cheese and Salumi. Wines (white, rose, sparkling, or red) start at $7 per glass or $21 per bottle. Choices such as the Cuvaison Chardonnay are as much as $16 per glass or $48 per bottle. Like what you try? You can stop by Pound Ridge Wines and Spirits, which Rubeo also owns, located right next door.
Details: 71B Westchester Ave, 914-764-3488, marielaswinebar.com.
— Latoya West