Black Sheep Is (Softly) Opening on Polk Street


A couple weeks ago, Eater reported the ~BLACK SHEEP~ was due to open from owners Vanessa and Joe Seidler (it was formerly The Wine Bar). I had a chance to catch up with Vanessa, who said they are just in a soft opening mode, and plan to open on New Year’s Eve as an easy place for people to swing by, and will be open consistently after that.

It’s a small space, designed to be a casual spot for folks in the neighborhood to pop by for a beer, a glass of wine, and maybe a bite to eat, like charcuterie, cheeses, and panini (there will be both a regular and vegan Reuben, and one with hot soppressata, roasted pepper, watercress, and Asiago). The wine list will include both old and new world wines, many of them lesser known and smaller production wines. There will also be around 20 beers, all by the bottle (the place is so small there isn’t room for even one tap), ranging from some local beers to a strong showing from Belgium. There’s a seating area by the windows with a “living room feeling,” a new color scheme of dark and warm colors, plus some tall bar tables, and of course there’s the bar. (There’s also a large “Warhol-esque” black sheep painting on the wall.) Hours will be Sun, Tue-Thu 6pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 6pm-1am, closed Mon. 2032 Polk St. at Broadway.