Before a few weeks ago, I would have suggested The Wren was a better bet during the winter, rather than summer, with its cozy, dark, and wood-paneled interior. Turns out it's equally as enjoyable on some of the most sweltering days of the year.
I recently visited with a few friends from out-of-town, and this really is a bar (nouveau pub?) that can please anyone and parties of all sizes.
I hope I didn't let anyone down, but I didn't get champagne or sparkling wine this time. Despite being served chilled (or at least, it should be), it was absurdly swampy and hot that day, so I just wasn't in the mood for something carbonated. The 2016 Domaine de la Chaise Touraine rosé turned out to be an excellent choice as it was really soft on the palette and smooth enough to drink well into the night. (Which I did.)
But of course, there were fries—and the fries here were delicious. Just check out those juicy fried potatoes at the top of the page. I would go back to The Wren regardless (and this wasn't my first visit), but the fries will definitely motivate me to go back sooner.
We picked out a few other small plates on the menu to share as well, and three appetizers (the fries, shishito peppers, and the fried cauliflower) along with one dessert (chocolate churros) were substantial enough to keep us all satisfied. I was a bit turned off by the peppers, unfortunately, as they were too salty, but there are plenty of other options to choose from in the future.
The Wren also has a sister establishment over in the West Village, Wilfie and Nell, which is another bar I normally suggest as a default in fall and winter, but now I don't think I need to wait.