Wine bars and restaurants don't seem to go over so well in Rockville Centre, so I was skeptical about the lastest arrival, Aperitif. I heard both good and bad reviews, mainly about the waitstaff needing to get itself together. Non the less, I was curious about finding a restaurant on Long Island that had good wine as well as good food. Modernly decorated with the resemblance of a French Bistro we were greeted warmly at the door and seated. The wine list was mainly French (duh) but overall interesting with a wide range of wines. I ordered a syrah/tannat/merlot rosè, making the waiter promise me that it wasnt sweet! I was tempted, however, to order one of their flights for $13, which offers three wines- a great way for people to learn about the many styles and grape types from France. Since I find tasting many plates to be better than having just one, I was also excited to see that this place has a 'tapas' menu, from which we ordered most of the food- a white bean and articoke dip, served within an articoke which could be eaten afterword; lamb sausage, which was good but personally was not my favorite; zucchini pancake, served with yogurt sauce; trio of tartar- salmon, tuna and fluke; seared tuna with seaweed salad; and a flatbread topped with caramelized onion, gruyère and prosciutto. From the specials menu we also ordered a gnocchi in a wonderfully buttery and garlicy sauce topped with large prawns and a risotto with grilled scallops. We were all more than surprised by how wonderful the food was, stuffing ourselves until the last drop. Oh, and did I mention that the bread is out of this world? How anyone could speak badly about this restaurant Im not sure, so I hope people look past what Zagat says and go try Aperitif for themselves. I think we've finally found a wine bar that deserves its spot in RVC.
Wine bars e Ristoranti non sembrano andare molto bene a Rockville Center una città molto ricca situata a Long Island a circa 30 minuti da Manhattam così ero molto scettica riguardo l'ultimo aperto 'Aperitif '.