Tucked away on some leafy-shaded streets in Manhattan's West Village, this wine bar isn't easy to find. Locals might walk by it all the time as that place they keep meaning to try out. It doesn't get a lot of press either, like Sant Ambroeus just two blocks down or Café Cluny up the street on the same block.
But it's well worth the journey to St. Tropez.
Despite its Mediterranean name, there is no seating in the sun at St. Tropez—at least not outside. There are a few bar stools at the floor-to-ceiling windows, which are a little cramped and only worth it if the place is full and you didn't make a reservation.
Best bet is to try to get a seat at the bar, which offers plenty of room for snacks along with your drinks. St. Tropez has some excellent menus, for food and wine alike. We had already stopped at another French bistro before this, so I wasn't very hungry—which I was very dismayed about because there were so many apps I wanted to try!
We ended up getting the beet hummus (pictured, top) which comes with a few pieces of flatbread. Thankfully, you can ask for more of the (free) bread after you've torn through these bits in a few bites. I'd definitely order the beet hummus again as it was very light and refreshing, thanks to the mint, on a very hot and humid Saturday afternoon.
St. Tropez doesn't skimp on the wine either, with an extensive list for bubbles, reds, whites, and rosés (as well as a few beers and ciders) by the glass, half bottles, and full bottles. The half bottle of the 2016 L'Orangerie de Carignan Bordeaux (pictured above) turned out to be a great deal. It comes in more of a carafe glass bottle, and they must have been heavy handed pours because we ended up with more filled glasses than expected.
On top of it all, being that we went on Bastille Day, the bartender gave each of us a free glass of sparkling wine. You might think that a French wine bar or bistro might actually be a bad idea for Bastille Day, with crowds and what not. But St. Tropez turned out to be a great place for celebrating Fête Nationale as it wasn't too crowded, but still offered all of the French culinary comforts you'd want as well as a big screen streaming fireworks from Paris.