Two things distinguish the Tangled Vine, opening March 1, from other Upper West Side wine bars: the Mediterranean menu of David Seigal, formerly of Mercat, and the wine program overseen by author and importer Evan Spingarn, whose passion for the grape suffuses the 160-bottle list. Spingarn once worked at Nancys, where he must have cultivated his Riesling fetish; the varietal is well represented, with eleven choices, and offered as a trio, a flight of three themed two-ounce pours.
But the list, which identifies each selection as biodynamic, organic, or sustainable, covers considerable old-world ground, as does Seigals menu. Crostini are topped with ingredients like chickpeas and morcilla, and larger plates include scallops la plancha, fideos negros with squid ink and braised cuttlefish, and braised lamb shoulder with heirloom polenta and preserved lemon.
434 Amsterdam Ave., at 81st St.; 646-863-3896