When Nae and I meet up we always try to choose new places as a venue scouting method. Ayza was a new and pleasant experience for us both. Located on 31st between Broadway and 5th Avenue, Ayza is a French inspired wine bar boasting over 90 selections of wines and champagnes. The ambiance here is elegant but the decor is modern and casual-the interior was designed by architect, Richard Bloch of the prestigious, Le Bernardin fame (a little tidbit for the design enthusiasts out there) Ayza is small, but cozy, sexy and romantic, if you're in the market for a "date spot." There is heated/covered seating outdoors if you want to brave the low temps for a "side of people watching" while you sip.
The menu hosts a variety of surprisingly tasty tapas style appetizers, soups, salads and entrees which I'm sure pair well with wine. I had the sauteed garlic shrimp which was served on a bed of finely chopped pineapple a an order of hummus and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Unfortunately, I was so enthralled I completely neglected to take pictures of my meal.
Check out the Ayza Facebook page for Fall deals and promotions. Currently, being promoted is an offer for FREE Glass of Wine when you "Like." There's nothing like a good glass of "liquid relaxation" after a long day!