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By Stef Schwalb

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PHOTO CREDIT – Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar

That’s right friends, it’s Hump Day! A difficult day for some, a cause for celebration among oenophiles. Why? Because in the Twitterverse it’s #WineWednesday, a great day for imbibing your favorite wines and sharing the results with all your followers. How are we going to ring it in? With a bi-monthly piece on how to partake, of course. So let’s start with a great place to enjoy a classic: wine and chocolate.

One of our faves? Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar.

With one location in Midtown at 31st between 5th and Broadway (perfect for after work) and a new one having just opened on 7th Avenue at Carmine (great for date night or an evening out with the gals), these hot spots have got the goods. For our purposes, let’s focus on the latter location which offers a wine list of over 90 selections spanning the globe from so many of our favorite regions, including Argentina, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and more. They also offer a nice roundup of champagnes, cocktails, individual spirits and even a few beers, and you can opt to try a flight (wine tasting samplers), one of our favorite things to do when heading somewhere new.

So what about the menu of chocolates? Truffle-tastic! With a delectable selection of Jacques Torres treats and handmade gourmet goodies. The piece de resistance, you ask? A chocolate fountain. Oh yeah, dive right in there with marshmallows, bananas and strawberries, among other things. Ayza has additional desserts on the menu, such as cheesecake and chocolate mousse, as well as dinner items including salads, soups, assorted apps and paninis. There’s free jazz on Mondays. Tuesday is girls’ night, and Sunday is a cozy one just for couples.

PHOTO CREDIT – Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar

Ayza West Village:
One 7th Avenue South

Ayza Midtown:
11 West 31st Street

Originally published January 2012
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