I had the opportunity over the weekend to take a tour of Terroir, the "elitist wine bar for everyone" from chef Marco Canora and sommelier Paul Grieco that's slated to open within a week on the corner of Fifth Avenue and First Street. It's a well-designed space, one which takes its cues not only from the four existing Terroirs but also from the the history of the building itself.
The exterior of the one-story building has only been given a minor sprucing-up; old windows were re-installed along First Street and guests will enter through a glass doorway on Fifth (the current front will soon be replaced by a garage-style door that will roll up on nice days). The exterior walls haven't been repainted in an effort to honor the history (terroir?) of the building.
Walking in, there are two communal tables up front that seat ten each, and past those is a 15-seat bar flanked by several smaller tables that each seat six. Sixteen beers will be available on tap, as well as two wines from Gotham Project. Obviously plenty of wine will also be available by the glass and bottle, and you can preview the (unformatted) food menu here.
Further back, adjacent to the small exposed kitchen, is another communal table, this one lower down to the ground to accommodate those with kids and those who prefer to not sit on high stools. All told, the space should seat about 65.
Aside from preserving the exterior paint job, a couple other touches are holdovers from the space's time as dive bar Great Lakes: exposed ceiling beams and, surprisingly, (only) the graffiti on the walls in the bathroom, which certainly give the place that "lived in" feel. A second restroom has been constructed for those who would prefer a graffiti-free experience.
Management is waiting on the final go-ahead from the city, but once they do (could be as soon as this weekend) it'll be open for business. They'll be open from 5 until midnight Monday to Wednesday, Until 1 AM on Thursday and 2 AM on Friday, from noon to 2 AM on Saturday, and from noon to midnight on Sunday. The kitchen will be open until 11 nightly, midnight on weekends.