Avida comes from ‘a vida’—‘the life,’” says Ricardo Cerdeira, owner of Avida Wine Bar in Nyack. Cerdeira hopes to infuse life into his new space by creating a community of regulars sharing good wine, good conversation, and above all, good times.
Warm golden-yellow walls, red curtains and hanging lights create a cozy, intimate vibe. Cubbies full of wine bottles hang on the wall behind the large wooden bar. The underside face of the bar is pressed particle board, the large splintery flecks evoking wine crates and corks. Prints of vintage art nouveau posters hang on the walls, along with a few menus signed by celebrities from Cerdeira’s time working at the now-closed Bayard’s Restaurant in New York City. Banquettes provide additional seating beyond the eight red leather barstools.