Yield & Pause Wine Bar – 3rd Ave between 20th and 22nd
Since my last entry, over 2 years ago (gasp!!) there have been several updates in the life of WWF but none more significant than marrying my soul mate and best friend this past June (I couldn’t resist inserting at least one photo!)
As a newly engaged couple and now as newlyweds, we’ve dined, we’ve drank, and we’ve traveled (a LOT!) and sadly I did not find the time to write about it. Having temporarily relocated to San Francisco for a few weeks my inner writer has been revived so here goes….
Ryan and I have had the good fortunate of temporarily living in San Francisco in the Potrero Hill neighborhood. Getting a chance to be on the west coast for a few weeks is amazing (especially during the East coast winter!) and has afforded us time to explore the sites, culture, surrounding towns, and of course, the food and wine scene! In advance of our trip I did research on Yelp, Zagat, and Time Out to find spots to try and was particularly eager to find an excellent wine bar. Being so close to Napa and Sonoma already had me salivating….
First on the list, we ventured to Valencia Street (Mission neighborhood) to try out a wine bar called Etcetera. While the atmosphere was nice (dimly lit without being overly romantic – we saw several singles come in for a glass of wine) we were both disappointed in the wine and food selection and the service. I know this spot has strong reviews on Yelp but on the night we visited it was a miss for us.
Going back over my WWF notes I suggested that we try a wine bar closer to home (in the Dogpatch neighborhood) so a few nights later we headed to Yield. Upon walking in we were greeted by Nic, a charming and friendly bartender who quickly offered us water and menus. While browsing the menus we both noted a killer wine list and despite being small, a food menu filled with some mighty eats! Nic also informed us of their all day happy hour deal – a half bottle of wine for $12. While we hadn’t planned to eat and had dinner reservations I couldn’t help but want to sample one of their unique and delicious snacks! We settled on sharing a carafe of the Carmenere and an order of the brussel sprouts.
Brussel sprouts? At a wine bar?? On a date?? This may not sound romantic to you but Ryan and I love these little green babies almost as much as we love garlic (almost!) so to us it was the perfect bar food. And before you pass judgment I have to tell you that that Yield does something special to these veggies – they tasted like candy!! OK maybe not candy but they were incredibly delicious and FAR better than any brussel sprouts I’ve ordered or cooked before. Move over brown butter, pancetta, and bacon! Yield has a new “secret sauce” and it’s a far healthier alternative!
So what made these green veggies taste so delicious? The secret Nic told me was lime juice (lots and lots of it!) and red pepper flake. I was shocked that was really all there was to it so I made a knock off version a couple of nights later and have to say while it was good, it was not the same as Yield.
We thoroughly enjoyed our wine, food, the service, and the ambiance at Yield and hope to get back before our San Francisco tour is through. I find it challenging to find a wine bar with great food and wine that does not come across as pretentious (especially in NYC) and Yield does just that. They are a real gem for Dog Patch’s growing foodie neighborhood and I hope more locals take time out to check them out!
Yield has a weekly trivia night on Tuesdays hosted by Nic that was voted one of the best trivia nights by Thrillist in November 2014. They also have a sister wine bar called Pause located on Market Street