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Jadis wins best wine happy hour in LES
March 8, 2010, 12:48 pm
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Jadis is a lovely LES wine bar with a rustic but refined French sensibility. Not only does it offer a wonderful and reasonably priced selection of wines from around the world (about 30 available by the glass), it also offers phenomenal small plates that go perfectly with a glass of your wine of choice. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 5-7 pm, however, it gets better: all glasses of wine are half price and bottled beers are $4. (Mondays aren’t bad, either, as all bottles of wine over $40 are half price.) This means that during happy hour, you can have a glass of Riesling or Cotes du Rhone red for $3, an Argentinian Malbec or Italian Pinot Grigio for $3.50, a prosecco or Charles de Fere brut for $4, or a Sancerre (my personal favorite) for just $5.50!

The food is nothing to sniff at, either. Between two of us, we ordered the country pate ($7), the duck rillette ($8), and the bacon-wrapped scallops ($8) and we were stuffed. The charcuterie portions are quite generous, and the servers provided us with an extra bread basket to finish off our remaining pate and rillette. So dinner for two plus two glasses of wine apiece came out to $50 including tax and tip. Not bad at all!

The country pate was rich, slightly chunky, and had just the right amount of pepper. There were 5 large triangular slices served with mesclun greens and sliced bread.

The duck rillette was fatty, decadent, and succulent. The shredded duck meat was fork-tender, bathed in glorious duck fat, just a tad sweet. Would strongly recommend, and will be a constant on my trips to Jadis. The three huge, sausage-shaped rillettes were also served with mesclun greens and sliced bread, but there was so much that we asked for another bread basket.

We were quite full from the bread and quite tipsy from the wine, but when we saw a tray of bacon-wrapped scallops going out to another table, we couldn’t resist and ordered impulsively. Thank goodness for our lack of willpower; it was delicious. Super thin strips of bacon were cooked to a crisp wrapped around moist bay scallops (the smallish ones). 5 servings per order.

Next time, I’ll likely order the charcuterie platter for a group of 3 or 4. At just $19 a platter, it is a steal – there was a group in the back having some kind of party (there is a nice open space in the back that is good for groups) and they were ordering heaping platters of charcuterie and cheese. The serrano ham and pepper crusted pork were positively droolworthy! I look forward to trying those on my soon-to-be very regular visits to Jadis.

Go: Jadis (LES) 42 Rivington at Forsyth. 212.254.1675


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