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405 W.44th St. New York, NY, 10036 Phone: 212-262-7000
Monday-Sunday 3:30 PM to 12:00 AM
One of the owners Azman Dayakli has been in the restaurant business for 15 years, and has spent many of them on Manhattan’s West Side. He made his mark in Tribeca as one of the original owners of the acclaimed Turks & Frogs, and then went on to open the Drunken Horse in 2010. The Tenth Avenue bar quickly became a hit with its Chelsea neighbors thanks to its relaxed, welcoming atmosphere and impressive wine list. With Wine Escape, Azman plans to bring that same hospitality to Hell’s Kitchen.
For Azman’s business partner Humeyra Kocak, Wine Escape marks the beginning of both a new career and new life. After 24 years in the banking industry, Humeyra was forced to reevaluate her life’s path when, in 2010, she became one of millions of Americans to be unexpectedly laid off from their jobs. Remembering the wine bars where she loved to escape after her stressful workdays, Humeyra decided to put her business skills and severance pay to good use. She and her husband, Dilaver, had been longtime patrons of the Drunken Horse; because of the love of wine they shared with Azman, Humeyra viewed partnering with Azman on his new business as the perfect opportunity to invest in her dreams.
Like the Drunken Horse, Wine Escape is a cozy, elegant bar whose hardwood floors, brick walls, and rustic fixtures are designed to make its patrons feel immediately at home. Located in a former art gallery, its intimate setting provides serene contrast the city’s relentless hustle.
We serve a wide selection of cheese, charcuterie and tapas with an emphasis on traditional Mediterranean specialties like hummus, falafel, beef croquets, and our signature zucchini pancakes. Our goat, sheep, and cow’s milk cheeses are both foreign and domestic, and come to us from places as ranging from California to Bulgaria. In addition to using the highest quality ingredients, we try to use as much organic products as possible.
We serve a diverse menu of wine, beer, and port that come from countries around the world. Available by both bottle and glass, our wines have been chosen to complement our food; regardless of your selection, they all pair well with good times.