ABV Wine Bar Almost Ready to Start Pouring and Cooking

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In booze-speak, ABV stands for alcohol by volume. Its also the name of the East Harlem wine bar slated to open next weekend around the corner from Earls Beer & Cheese, whence come ABV chef Corey Cova and co-owner Mike Cesari. Compared to the diminutive Earls, the 60-seat ABV is practically palatial, with a wine bar, a food bar, and three communal tables. Here, Cesari has teamed up with childhood friends Noah Shannon and his wife, Alexis Kahn, the former director of beverage education at the French Culinary Institute. Her user-friendly list plays with the concept of volume, offering wine by the glass (starting at $7), the half-glass, the half-bottle, and by consumption, meaning you pay for whatever measure you drink.

And cheese savant Cova hasnt forsaken his signature dairy theres Sprout Creek Ouray on the sirloin-tartare pizza, aged Cheddar on the pocket burger with fried-egg sauce, and Bayley Hazen Blue purée on the sirloin steak. For dessert: fried blueberry pie. Here's a look at the space and some of Cova's latest creations.

ABV Wine Bar, 1504 Lexington Ave., at 97th St.; 212-722-8959

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