I’m going with a dual review on one event. Recently I went to a Chandon cocktail reception party at the Tanuki Tavern (18 9th Ave. at the hotel) which is located at the bottom floor of the Hotel Gansevoort. Yea I know what you’re thinking, “Sushi and sparkling wine? Damn they’ll try to mix anything nowdays.” After attending the event I can tell you don’t knock it to you try it and it actually works well.
First Chandon is introducing their standard Brut Sparkling wine, their Rose and Blanc de Noir. All 3 are pretty good. The Rose was good with a bit of sudden fruit flavors on the palette. I’ve never been a big rose fan so the fact that I liked it was a pleasant surprise.
I did immediately fall for the regular Blanc. It was suprisingly light, refreshing, with hints of light fruit and flowers. It hit the palette quick and smooth, with not much of an aftertaste.
I can’t say I liked the Blanc de Noir, I loved it!!! A little more full body taste, yet still smooth but it builds additional flavors of cherry and strawberry in your mouth before it leaves a creamy after taste. Man I had 2 flutes of this wine before I knew it!!
All of these wines come from California (Yea Moet dates back to France and the Champagne region but I talked to their senior staff, this is straight Napa Valley.) and they are all under $25 for a standard 1liter bottle. Chandon is easy to find at most wine stores.
Awright since this is a dual review then I’m going to also review Tanuki Tavern. First I like the setting. To get the full effect you have to sit outside in the patio with a full view of Hudson Ave and people moving to and fro on very happening and stylish Gansevort St. The small leather rounds and long bench setting under the umbrella’s puts me at ease. I especially like the back nook for a little seductively sexy.
Tanuki’s sushi is pretty damn good and I like the main dining floor. Its spacious, large and airy. Most people tend to get tables and not sit at the bar. The Bar crowd starts to fill as the rest of the restaurant becomes slightly more crowded. To me the restaurant feels like a large but private japanese styled tavern and den.
You can find a great meal for under $35 which is reasonable for sushi. Just watch out for those damn drinks like all Meatpacking spots that when the bill doubles and triples.
So there you have a great place on your own to sip champagne (or saki) and try out some reasonable priced good sushi.