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French Wine Bar Vin Sur Vingt Planning Upper West Side Outpost

By Emily Frost | February 12, 2016 5:42pm | Updated on February 15, 2016 8:56am
 A French wine bar has plans to open on West 84th Street. 
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UPPER WEST SIDE — A wine bar chain that aims to "transport" patrons to France is opening a new location on West 84th Street.

Vin Sur Vingt, which first opened in 2012 in the West Village followed by locations in the NoMad Hotel and the Plaza Food Hall, wants bring a new outpost to 66 W. 84th St., just off Columbus Avenue.

The new location will serve wine and French food, according to plans submitted to Community Board 7.

The interior of Vin Sur Vingt's other New York City locations is meant to resemble a traditional French wine bar, with a long zinc-topped bar, brasserie-style mirrors and small tables, according to its website. Vin Sur Vingt means "20 out of 20" in French — in other words, a perfect score. 

The bar is applying with the Landmarks Preservation Commission to modify the landmarked storefront by adding a retractable cream-and-tan striped awning, a black metal frame storefront, four new exterior lamps, three sconces and new glass windows that open onto the street, the plans showed. 

The proposal was approved by Community Board 7's Preservation Committee Thursday night, according to board records. 

The wine bar must get LPC approval before it can make any changes to the storefront. 

Currently, the West 84th Street space is vacant and dilapidated, according to photos submitted to the board.

The bar's French-born owner, Sebastian Auvet, told the magazine Food Republic that wine bars should serve dozens of wines by the glass, which his does. 

"Our goal is to make people discover French wine," he told the magazine.

He hopes to take the concept to other cities as well, he said in the interview. 

In 2011, a wave of new wine bars opened in the neighborhood. Since then, however, South African wine bar Tolani storied Columbus Avenue spot Wine and Roses both closed. 

Vin Sur Vingt did not return a request for comment. It was not clear when the bar plans to open. 

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