I don't particularly love the food at Black Bottle, their wine list is tiny and the service is terrible, but I really, really LOVE the atmosphere. I love it so much I wish I could live there, and that is not an exaggeration. With its high, industrial ceilings, whitewashed walls on one side and exposed brick on the other, it's just an amazing combination of modern and cozy. The floors are painted cement, there is one all black metal wall and all the light fixtures are dim and minimalistic.
B had his usual Woodford and soda. I had an unmemorable Pinot Noir.
We always order the same thing at Black Bottle. We have the proscuitto and bechamel flatbread, the 3 types of sausage and the hanger steak.
The food isn't the reason I am writing about Black Bottle. It's certainly not a new or especially exciting spot for us. We've had some great times there, though, just the two of us and with friends over the last 4 years. It's a real testament to what a difference your surroundings make. As we dive head first (whether we want to or not) into this winter season, I can't help but be reminded of how important one's environment really is. Whether working on the condo, trying to make it warm and comfortable during winter's dreariness or choosing where to unwind from increasingly long work days, it's important to remember that the most critical piece is the company you keep there... and, of course, a good exposed brick wall.