Kaia Wine Bar

Wine Bar$$$$
Yorkville, New York
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  • Charlotte J.
    Charlotte Jane1 week ago
    Incredibly warm service and atmosphere with fantastic wine. Menu options are unique and tasty without being fussy. I literally dream about the complimentary sweet bread with olive oil and dukkah
  • Annie W.
    Great wine selection and unique South African cuisine. Not to mention Michelin rated!
  • Annie W.
    Killer wine selection and unique array of South African cuisine (not to mention Michelin rated).
  • carolina v v.
    Fantastic place, wine, food and service. This that neighborhood bar that takes to another part of the world -- that is South Africa with their food and drinks.
  • dawn.in.newyork
    dawn.in.newyorkDecember 30, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Try octopus with squid ink risotto.
  • Bernard O.
    Bernard OrtegaSeptember 5, 2016
    Perfect Mac & Cheese. Lamb burger fantastic. Would also definitely go back for fish cake slider, boar slider, & ribs
  • Sandra T.
    Sandra ThomasAugust 30, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Malva pudding is a must but the wine list is excellent and the wild boar sliders are fantastic
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GallagherAugust 29, 2016
    Cool bar/restaurant with a South African lean.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RamseyJune 23, 2016
    Awesome selection of South African wines
  • Adrienne P.
    Adrienne PetrinoMay 9, 2016
    Great place to bring a friend who you enjoy talking too, while stuffing your face with tasty food and delicious wine!
  • Alexandra M.
    I love that they have wifi, happy hour great wine & briefly in season ramps!
  • Karen T.
    Karen TapiaApril 23, 2016
    Chicken sliders are very tasty
  • Diane J.
    Diane Jean-MaryApril 6, 2016
    The seasonal kale salad is amazingly refreshing!
  • Jay G.
    Jay GillespieFebruary 23, 2016
    The bread with oil you dip in seeds and spices!
  • Shanna S.
    Shanna ScottFebruary 14, 2016
    The malva pudding (spelled differently) is delicious!
  • Nicolette R.
    Nicolette RomeroJanuary 28, 2016
    I wanted to love this place, but didn't. Their South African wine is a must try, but expect sloooow service.
  • Emily L.
    Emily LJanuary 17, 2016
    the wine is pretty good! it's all from South Africa, which is hard to find elsewhere. also get the sliders
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MedinaSeptember 23, 2015
    My wife and I went here on our first date. Great South African wine, tasty food. Highly recommend.
  • Eliza C.
    Eliza ChangSeptember 6, 2015
    Lamb burger was flipping amazing; Arctic char was done to perfection. Could live off the seeds w bread. Farmers market salad was very ordinary. Go with a date or group!
  • Steven F.
    Steven F.August 23, 2015
    Never disappoints! Very romantic spot with great food and service.
  • Amy M.
    Amy MixaAugust 18, 2015
    Deviled eggs and lamb burger for the win
  • Rafi R.
    Rafi RomeroJune 18, 2015
    wine and cheese flight! also the turkey sliders and the elk carpaccio. skip the beef sliders and the deviled eggs.
  • CBS New York
    CBS New YorkJune 12, 2015
    Kaia Wine Bar is participating in NYC Cocktail Week (July 13th through the 17th). Read more
  • Kaitlyn P.
    Kaitlyn PezikMay 10, 2015
    get the cheese platters- yum! and wine obviously.
  • Cherry C.
    Cherry CokeApril 24, 2015
    Drinks aside: order the bread pudding. If you don't like it, you were never held as a child.
  • Rebecca W.
    Rebecca WMarch 19, 2015
    Wine is great but the food is awesome too. If you're up for trying some new things :)
  • Chuck G.
    Chuck GMarch 12, 2015
    Owner super friendly. Spent a while talking to us about South African wines. Great place to come for happy hours.
  • dawn.in.newyork
    dawn.in.newyorkJanuary 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great selections of wine and beer. Good place to have a quiet conversation.
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CucciaJanuary 9, 2015
    If you love or want to try South African wine you need to visit Kaia. Food also a pleasant surprise.
  • Liya S.
    Liya SmithDecember 30, 2014
    Went there tonight. There was an accident when a guest locked herself in the bathroom and my friend helped her out, cleaned the vomit and called 911. The waiter could not even wave the drinks for my f
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥September 29, 2014
    Nice selection of South African wines....
  • Kim H.
    Kim HSeptember 2, 2014
    Lovely glass of Ken Forresters Petite Chenin. Good taste of home in the middle of New York.
  • Kim H.
    Kim HSeptember 2, 2014
    Walked for miles and miles then waited an hour for opening time just to get a glass of Graham Beck MCC, only to be told there is none. Only a very poor substitute sparking... Dissapointed.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    Worth checking out are bunny chow (chicken curry poured into a loaf of white bread), potje (oxtail stew with hominy), frikadelle (buffalo meat balls), and biltong (a very dry beef jerky). Read more
  • Steven V.
    Steven VegaJune 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The best place in town for either a nice meal or wine and snacks. They have an amazing selection of wine, cheese and dried meats for their bar snacks as well as a great dinner menu.
  • Kenyan J.
    Kenyan JewelsJune 4, 2014
    South African wine bar. Also has biltong.
  • Ali W.
    Ali WattsMay 13, 2014
    Amazing portobelloni burger & gazpacho & gb rose
  • Maria K.
    Maria KMarch 9, 2014
    Great South African wine, love the Biltong and really nice people.
  • Wolfe M.
    Wolfe MikelicMarch 6, 2014
    Good food, good wine, get anything that includes the bread/seeds and watch the stairs - my girlfriend fell down them.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceFebruary 7, 2014
    Village Voice is proud to welcome Kaia Wine Bar to the 2014 Choice Eats food fest! http://bit.ly/1cRzdNV. Great bunny chow (mild vegetable curry served in a hallowed out loaf of bread).
  • Michael O.
    Michael OshmanJanuary 2, 2014
    Come here for any occasion or fancy. The food, wine, and atmosphere is superb. Pair the lamb neck with a Don David Malbec while listening to Talking Heads.
  • Francois D.
    Francois De JagerOctober 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Every single South African visiting NYC, must stop by!
  • H. S.
    H. S.October 7, 2013
    OMG the seeds they serve with the bread are DA BOMB
  • nicole b.
    nicole bethellSeptember 12, 2013
    Dis wine, doe.
  • Karoline S.
    Karoline SchwartzAugust 31, 2013
    Plates are smaller, so get a few more and taste everything you can! Everything is delicious. Also - beef jerky. Nuff said.
  • Ramon B.
    Ramon B.August 30, 2013
    Nice place, good wine, pleasant staff. I really enjoyed myself.
  • Kelly A.
    Kelly AhearnJune 27, 2013
    "We would like some more bread." "Okn just a few minutes, we are making and baking it right now." Yes, that fresh, good vibe.
  • Erica
    EricaJune 26, 2013
    Excellent service. Loved the Noble Hill Viognier & Rose.
  • David F.
    David FishmanJune 15, 2013
    Try the ostrich tartar with chocolate mustard !!!!
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BakerMay 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Have a glass or two of Stark-Conde!
  • Ray
    RayMay 3, 2013
    Fantastic service! Great wine selection and good small cheese and meat plates to suit many tastes.
  • Selina A.
    Selina AngApril 21, 2013
    Wild boar slider, scallops, and the gatsby dishes were great. Excellent wine recommendations too.
  • Tracey C.
    Tracey ChurrayApril 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great little spot! South African food great wine, just watch the stairs to the bathroom they are super steep!
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BakerApril 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Charming - with wonderful food, wine and staff!
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BakerMarch 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food, wine - just a fun place to be!
  • Claudia D.
    Claudia DöbelmeierFebruary 14, 2013
    Perfect date night place with some of the best South African wines I've ever had outside of SA. Possibly my new fav wine bar in the city :)
  • Nikki 🌺
    Nikki 🌺January 27, 2013
    Cute South African wine bar/hidden gem on the UES! Chill, romantic ambulance. Definitely going back to try the food.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceJanuary 25, 2013
    Kaia Wine Bar (& 50+ other eateries) will be sampling their fare at our 2013 Choice Eats tasting event on 3/19 - can't wait! http://ow.ly/h6OAc
  • Geraldine V.
    Geraldine ViscoDecember 19, 2012
    Delish funky exotic and better than most of the horribly boring Yorkville boîtes!
  • Heather C.
    Heather CarterDecember 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Have a question about wine? Ask Jody - she knows her shit!!!
  • Heather C.
    Heather CarterDecember 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Do not miss the dukka!!! You can buy it to take home - AMAZING!!!!
  • Sam O.
    Sam ODecember 2, 2012
    The ribs were dry. Very pricey for no reason at all!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceNovember 26, 2012
    A newish and comfortable wine bar, with great bunny chow (mild vegetable curry served in a hallowed out loaf of bread) and bobotie. Winner of Best of NYC Critics' choice for best South African!
  • chris
    chrisAugust 19, 2012
    Fantastic service - knowledgable, friendly staff. Ostrich sliders are delicious.
  • Justin S.
    Justin SablichJune 19, 2012
    Great wine selection, delicious food, friendly service. Only complaint is with portion size (8 dollars for 1 tiny slider?) but I'll be back for sure.
  • Caroline S.
    Caroline SmithJune 14, 2012
    Majority of cheeses are goat cheese! Yeah goat cheese fans!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupApril 30, 2012
    An intense wine bar that you’ve probably walked by a million times and never noticed. The sommeliers are AMAZING as are the Ostrich Sliders and the Bobotie Pies.
  • Allison J.
    Allison JonesMarch 20, 2012
    Try the parsnip soup with grill cheese. Comfort food! Delicious.
  • Thabiso M.
    Thabiso MohohloJanuary 11, 2012
    Wow what a place... Amazing decor! Like the kitchen and dining rooms of a fabulous Free State B&B in South Africa. Food off the hook.. The Upper East
  • Emma S.
    Emma SwansonNovember 8, 2011
    Always good draft beers, great atmosphere.
  • Cindy O.
    Cindy OlNovember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great cheese offerings to pair with wine.
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkSeptember 27, 2011
    This South African wine bar specializes in lesser-known wines from South Africa, as well as New Zealand and Australia. Almost all are available by the glass, and range from $9 to $13.
  • Amanda
    AmandaSeptember 10, 2011
    Go for brunch. French press coffee. Seasonal omlette.
  • Noble Hill wines
    Noble Hill winesJune 28, 2011
    Anyone for Noble Hill Viognier?
  • Malt & Barley C.
    Beers rotate quickly, but all are excellent -- equal to the quality of the wines and food. A great addition to the neighborhood.
  • Joey P.
    Joey PJune 24, 2011
    Try the wine on tap and the biltong (south African beef jerky and chakalaka)!!!!!
  • Chris G.
    Chris GabrielJune 13, 2011
    Ask for Ryan, great guy and excellent bartender.
  • David D.
    David DiGregorioJune 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Starters were first class and the wine was fantastic but the boboti and bunny chow were dry and uninspired. Definitely lacking the spices and flavors of the real deal in SA. Shame.
  • Shonari S.
    Shonari SmithJune 1, 2011
    Malmou Pudding… Just Fracking Awesome must have dessert
  • Ted S.
    Ted ScofieldMay 22, 2011
    Kaia is a fantastic new addition to the Upper East Side, with a "downtown uptown" atmosphere, incredible food & wine, and a carefully selected beer list. Ask for Josh (particularly if you want advice
  • Jason K.
    Jason KeathApril 20, 2011
    Amazing cheese and south African apps. Come for the wine, but definitely order some tapas.
  • Karin R.
    Karin RendelmanApril 12, 2011
    Wine on tap!!
  • Sandra M.
    Sandra M.April 8, 2011
    Great space with a nice wine list. Looking forward to coming back.
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityMarch 29, 2011
    Kaia is one of the few bars in the city that serves wine on tap. The two “draught” vintages are from the Gotham Project on the North Fork of Long Island—a Riesling and The Fork, a Merlot-based blend.
  • Especiarias Da Índia
    Especiarias Da ÍndiaOctober 16, 2015
    Um bom vinho para acompanhar as nossas especiarias!
  • Chantelle S.
    Chantelle SousaApril 5, 2012
    Bread pudding apricot thingy es muy delicioso
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