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Barano, a wood-fired seasonal Italian restaurant, located near the East River, offers restaurant goers a close view of the Williamsburg Bridge and the city skyline. The intimate venue has added a new weekly special to their menu, checking all the boxes for a date night or Valentine’s Day outing.
Located next to their affiliated wine store, Spirit Animal, Barano is run by former Rubirosa Chef Albert Di Meglio. Featuring small plates, pizzas and traditional Italian mainstays to pair with their elegant selection of wine. The restaurant’s newly-launched Wine Wednesday series remained the focus of our visit with its two-course off-menu entrees and a flight of four wines, with white and red options. With dim lighting and a decadent interior, the space was rich in atmosphere, small plates, and a great variety of vino imported from the Santorini, Corsica, Sardinia, and the Canary Islands.
While its menu explicitly screams Italiano, the name also recalls cultural significance. Meglio named the restaurant after his grandmother’s birthplace on the island of Ischia, near Naples. When asked why they decided to kickstart the Wednesday series, restaurant manager Karim Mazzan said that the venue simply wanted to try an alternative dining experience that shakes up the routine. Dine at Barano and you’ll see just how they’ve accomplished that goal. The hot spot definitely shines as a dining option for your next date or intimate gathering.
For the week of February 19th, Barano will be pairing two off the menu pastas with four wines from European Islands. For tickets book here on Tock. Limited to 20 seats at 7:30pm. Tickets will sell out fast!
Our Pastas of the Night
Barano is currently open for dinner daily and brunch on the weekends.
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