Niche Niche is Ariel Arce’s new project devoted to and curated by wine lovers, opening on Monday 3/4 on the corner of King + MacDougal, just steps away from her two other spots, Air’s Champagne Parlor and Tokyo Record Bar. Niche Niche is everything and anything that is special about wine – in 25 seats. Here, Ariel taps into professional lovers of wine – from producers and sommeliers to writers and wine shop owners – to educate and entertain over two nightly seatings: 6pm and 8pm. Theme or no theme, whatever the guest host for that night decides! Chef Zach Fabian will dream up a family-style menu to pair with each four ounce pour; the format will remain the same every night but the wines and food will change with each guest. Featured guests for the month of March include Delicious Hospitality wine director Grant Reynolds, California winemaker of the year Dan Petroski, master sommelier and owner of Verve wines, Dustin Wilson, as well as Liz Nicholson of Tribeca treasure Frankly Wines, and Athena, the Hungarian wine evangelist.
In true Ariel fashion, pricing remains affordable at $40 for the wine tasting + $40 for the food pairing. While reservations can be secured a month out, a small number of seats will also remain open for walk-ins and for drinking wine à-la-carte from a large repertoire Ariel handpicked herself (+ bar snacks like Picholine olives!). Monthly calendars featuring the line-up of wine hosts will be available at nichenichenyc.com and on Instagram at @nichenichenyc. As with Air's and Tokyo Record Bar, Ariel and her father Federico designed and built the space themselves, with some help from Helaine and Flavia, the owners of cool design shop Coming Soon, to evoke the intimate, personal and fun atmosphere of having friends over for a dinner party (picture colorful Concrete Cat tabletops and mosaic arches!)