If you live in Manhattan, you may have passed by Vero Restaurant & Wine Bar, or you may have even been there before. But have you been on a Monday? Well, I think it’s worth a visit. On Monday nights, you get a free panini with any drink. Order as little as a great glass of Pinot Grigio ($9), and you get to choose from six varieties.
Owner Benny Silman says he started
the promotion almost 10 years ago, when the first location on the Upper East Side opened.
“We originally did it to build our Mondays because they were slow,” says Silman. “Within six months, we were packed every Monday and became a staple on the Upper East Side for many years to come.”
But I think there’s more reason to visit; I’ve been to Vero before and all the food I ordered was excellent. Last night, however, I specifically went to check out the paninis. The two I tried–prosciutto, fig, Gorgonzola and rosemary oil, and turkey, Fontina, tomato and pesto–were so good, and usually $12 each. I also tried the light and not-too-sweet watermelon sangria, one of five different flavors (there’s also tropical fruit, blood orange, red and white), which you can get for only $5 Tuesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and all day Sunday.
There’s the option of enjoying these specials inside, where it’s softly lit by candles, or outdoors. I think it’s a great setting for either a date or simply a get-together with friends. There also are two locations: A Midtown location opened three years ago, which also offers the panini and sangria specials. Vero Restaurant & Wine Bar, 1483 Second Avenue, Manhattan,(212) 452-3354; 1004 Second Avenue, Manhattan, (212) 935-3530