BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE
A new wine bar from the people behind Long Island City’s Blue Streak Wine & Spirits will bring champagne, cheese, craft beers and wine on tap to the neighborhood.
BLVD Bar opened its doors last week at 4720 Center Blvd., one of TF Cornerstone’s six towers on the Long Island City waterfront.
This winter, drinkers can find a pinot noir and pinot grigio on tap; summer will bring in more whites and a rosé, co-owner Rob Bralow said.
One of the benefits of pouring wine from kegs, according to Bralow, is that it “allows us to find really nice wine that can be really affordable.”
BLVD Bar will offer all tapped wines at $6 per glass.
“I think it adds just a very casual, very comfortable atmosphere to it,” Bralow added.
Andrew Bell, president and CEO of the American Sommelier Association, said the wine on tap system has been gaining popularity over the last several years and he expects that trend to continue. Bell noted that the benefits of wine on tap include minimizing waste by eliminating corks, bottle labels and shipping cartons.
Aside from tapped wines, BLVD Bar customers can try about 40 different bottled wines by the glass or bottle, along with a small selection of craft beers from across the globe. The coming weeks will see a food menu added with options including cheese and charcuteries, flat breads, sliders and other finger foods, Bralow said.
“The whole idea is we wanted a nice pleasant place where people could stop by after work,” he added.
Bralow co-owns BLVD bar with Stephen Spiller, Jim Pileski and James Lee.
All four have roots in the Long Island City food and drink scene. Spiller, Lee and Bralow come to BLVD from their neighboring Blue Streak Wine & Spirits shop, while Pileski, co-founder of Jackson Avenue’s Burger Garage, brings his restaurant experience to the new bar.
“The owners of BLVD Wine Bar have been involved in our community for years and know our neighborhood and residents well,” TF Cornerstone director of retail leasing Steve Gonzalez said in a statement.
“It’s such a great neighborhood. It’s just exploded in popularity,” Bralow said. “There’s so many people here and we think that the wine bar concept wasn’t really happening here yet, so we wanted a nice pleasant, comfortable place that people could come and have a nice glass of wine.”
BLVD Bar is open 3 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org or @JNStrawbridge.