Sanil Manavalanís wife introduced him to Italian wines when they met 18 years ago. When she passed away in 2012, Sanil decided to open up a wine bar in her memory. Bar Prima is a fully Italian establishment that offers a range of Italian wines from every region in Italy. Sanil and his partner Jacqueline Alcaraz are both certified sommeliers and enjoy introducing people do different wines they have never heard of before. In the morning, Bar Prima is a coffee shop that that offers great coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, pastries, brunch and lunch. In the evening, they switch to Italian-inspired tapas. The ëFillet Mignon Crostinií has a delicious whole grain mustard that pairs perfectly with several red and white wines. ìIt is unique because even though it is a heartier item, it can be paired well with either wine,î Jacqueline stated. Bar Prima is the only bonafide wine bar in the Upper East Side that focuses solely on Italian wine. That, paired with their tapas style food and excellent customer service, makes them truly unique. The whole staff makes an effort to get to know their guests on a first name basis. Bar Prima is a great date spot with their unique decor and handpicked wines.
331 E. 81st Street
New York, NY 10028