Must-See Washington Heights
by Laura Kusnyer, 07/31/2013
Courtesy, Cabrini Wines
Shopping Around Cabrini Boulevard
Searching for exclusive food and wine is a sport among Washington Heights residents—much like cycling on the neighborhood's hills, as evidenced by the popularity of Manny's Bicycle Shop. A handful of shoppers will wait patiently outside of the small but mighty Moscow on the Hudson, a 17-year-old Russian market whose selection of imported beers, cherry spreads and pumpernickel could compete with food markets in Brighton Beach. Cabrini Wines, meanwhile, is an oenophile's wonderland. Cases seven shelves high are packed throughout the multilevel, dark-wood interior, and the staff speaks knowledgeably about its products. A bit further north, the smaller and sunnier Vines on Pine also offers an impressive selection of wine. A long day of walking the hills around Cabrini Boulevard demands a cold beer at cheerful Le Chéile, either at the bar with artsy neighborhood newcomers or seated near the window for a view of the bridge.