There's a new place to perch after a movie date in Chinatown, or for a post-dinner drink and conversation when the din at Graffiato gets to be too much: Flight wine bar on Sixth Street NW in the shadow of Verizon Center. The bar opens Saturday at 4 p.m.
Swati Bose, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, Kabir Amir, has stocked Flight with dozens of selections, some hailing from lesser-known wine producing regions, including the Balkans and Lebanon. (Bose, a Rockville native, returned to Washington after nearly a decade in New York, where she worked in the expansive cellars at Balthazar.) But the menu is notable for its breadth, from a $64 sparkling gamay to a $32 Slovenian pinot grigio. Glasses generally run $14 or less, with most coming in at an agreeable $10.
The menu, helmed by executive chef Bradley Curtis, is heavier on bites ($7-$17) and desserts than main courses, so think of Flight as a pre-dinner or post-dinner destination. The bites, which include a roasted beet salad, squash dolmades, wild mushrooms with figs and pancetta and glazed lamb chops, veer toward the classic. Vegetarians and vegans, Curtis says, will have some flexibility, as several dishes can be tweaked to be meat- or dairy-free.
If you're looking for actual flights of wine, however, head to Eno. Flight will offer just one rotating flight each week ($18), but the bar offers a handy 2.5-ounce pour that will let wine-heads taste a particularly curious bottle without getting too invested. A wise drinker would enlist the bartender to build your own little flight.
Happy hour is Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 10 p.m. to close; it will feature $7 glasses of one white and one red wine and one or two beers.
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Flight, 777 Sixth St. NW. 202-864-6445. www.flightdc.com.