Overlooking Manhattan's  Upper West Side, Bin 71's marble horseshoe bar, exposed brick walls and wide-open French doors offer a unique setting. Normally, no one would have thought to turn this cozy space into a bar or gathering spot of any kind, but the intimate size of Bin 71 turns out to be its main selling point.  Predictably packed at night, Bin 71 is extremely inviting during the day, when it caters to solo lunchers watching sports or CNBC on the flat-screen while sipping generous pours by the capacious Ravens croft glass. There’s scarcely a quiet moment as folks chat up companions over clinking chilled glasses.

Owner, Lawrence Bondulich has created a comfortable and elegant setting. The menu, prepared by Lawrence, features wine-friendly plates of food: Serrano Ham, North cod soup, and his delicious world-famous meatballs.