24 St. Nicholas Ave
(between Scott Ave & Troutman St)
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Our Rating: ★★★ Good
Cards: All Major
Price: Small plates $5, sandwiches under $10
Hours: Mon-Thu, Sun 11 am – 2 am
Fri-Sat 11 am – 3 am
Brunch: Weekends 11am-3:30am
Booze: Beer and Wine Only
Subway: L at Jefferson St.
Website: click here
Bushwick reaches the wine bar stage of urban development. Bodega as in “wine cellar,” not as in sketchy corner spot for smokes and Slim Jims — Spanish bar culture is a major inspiration here. Small plates for nibbling on charcuterie, crostini. Wine-red wall behind the bar to get you in the mood for well-chosen Spanish, French, Italian vintages. Small batch brews imported from Belgium. Flattering light from dangling bulbs makes for good date nights sans Manhattan hassles.
NY Mag says:
In Spain and South America, “bodega” refers to a winery as much as a corner shop, so this wine bar appropriately stacks its list with Spanish, Argentinian, and Chilean wines, among other rotating options — plus Belgian beers, for those less oenophilically inclined, and small plates for nibbling.
Bushwick Daily says:
We are happy to report the complete gorgeousness of The Bodega Wine Bar, which opened last weekend at the corner of St. Nicholas Avenue and Troutman Street to crowds larger than the owners expected. The gracious Gina Leone and Ben Warren, both Bushwick residents, had hoped their unannounced opening would allow them to adjust before they get their credit card machine in on the 30th. But on Wednesday night The Bodega — which means “wine cellar” in Spain and much of South America — was completely full. Leone flitted around the space attending to patrons, pouring wines and delivering small plates of spicy thin-sliced soppressata and pickled garlic shoots. They’re generous with their tastes — we had sips of several wines before making our choice. A glass of the house red, “mostly Garnacha with a bit of Tempranillo” from outside Zaragoza in northern Spain, is a mere five dollars; other selections range from seven to nine. For now, The Bodega will heavily feature wines from Spain, where Warren and Leone lived for many years, and France and Italy — the respective home countries of their parents. They also have a soft spot for Argentinean, Chilean, and Portuguese wine, all of which will make appearances on the wine list. A supplier trawls the Belgian countryside to find small batches of that famous brew country’s beers. “You can’t buy these in stores,” said Leone. “We bring them down ourselves.