While I compose my thoughts (pictures, too!) on our wonderful weekend in the Berkshires, I wanted to highlight my favorite wine bar in NYC. Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar is one of those places (like Tía Pol) that I almost hate to blog about as it’s such a small spot and I don’t want to let anyone else in on my secret. Admittedly, the cat was out of the bag a long time ago on Tía Pol and the same is probably true of BRB. And, let’s be honest, my nascent blog is probably not yet (yet!) at a point where it’s amassed a broad enough following that my commentary makes a difference. We discovered BRB over the summer and we’ve tried to visit every few weeks since our fateful visit in June. BRB has everything that I want in a wine bar – extensive selection of wines by the glass (25+ wines) from an ever-changing and interesting wine list, wines available by the taste as well as by the glass (absolutely critical!), knowledge and nice staff (who are always happy to let you try a taste of a taste), and yummy snacks. I don’t recommend BRB for a meal, but it’s great for a pre-dinner snack (don’t miss the egg shooters). I often lament that BRB is not in my ‘hood (or vice versa)…oh, to be a regular…but it’s probably for the best, as I drink plenty of wine already!