New Restaurants to Try in 2021: Grandiflora Wine Garden

by Marisa Marsey | Feb 8, 2021

Grandiflora Wine Garden

Photo courtesy of Grandiflora Wine Garden

You know those dreamy magazine spreads of folks dining al fresco at bottle-laden rustic tables, perhaps in Tuscany or Sonoma? You’ll feel like you’re starring in one at Grandiflora, a butter-yellow wine bar and B&B in Chelsea that’s grounded in the concept of savoring life. And sustaining it. Owners Erin and Jason Edelman and Kenny Gerry pour natural wines, plus those from small family farms and obscure finds (even half glasses for the newly wine-curious or aficionados seeking the unique), complemented by an all-vegetarian menu of small plates and mezzes (shareable snacks) including build-your-own cheese boards.

The simple yet sublime Mediterranean-inflected fare (Turkish red lentil soup spiked with Aleppo pepper, hummus, ambrosia Stilton salad) changes seasonally, based on local availability and what’s growing in the prolific garden (Grandiflora is derived from Latin for Southern magnolia). Sip and sup outdoors on the rosemary-scented patio or in the picturesque porch with mullioned windows or nestled in the dining room’s cozy nook.

If you’re staycationing in one of the three, tranquil upstairs bedrooms, have your meal delivered en suite. Wine predominates but there’s some beer (“We’re as picky about beer as we are with wine,” says Erin) and tea “winetails” featuring teas from the Edelmans’ ethically sourced tea business. Vibrant food, gentle prices and community camaraderie demonstrate that sustainability stretches beyond carbon footprint. It embraces health, budget, cultural impact. And having a good time.

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