Eat, Drink, Gather, Morning, Noon, and Night.” That’s Boro6’s owner/proprietor, Paul Molakides’, founding principle in creating his highly successful Hastings-on-Hudson wine bar. An eye-opening trip to Tuscany in 2013 provided an epiphany for Molakides and his wife, Jennifer Lynn Aaronson, and soon thereafter their European-style bistro/wine bar was born in their hometown (the “sixth borough” of New York City).
Molakides began his restaurant career in Manhattan managing The Tonic in Chelsea, running The Restaurant at 15 Central Park West, and working with famed restaurateur Danny Meyer. When, by chance, Molakides catered an event in Hastings-on-Hudson for Meyer’s Hudson Yard Catering, he said, “I fell in love with this town.” He and his wife moved here 10 years ago, while he managed BLT Prime in Gramercy Park, then BLT Steak in White Plains. At the same time, Aaronson was working with Martha Stewart as a food editor and in her test kitchens before becoming North American culinary director of Marley Spoon, which is now Martha and Marley Spoon (a home-cooking ingredient/recipe delivery service). Two children later, their whirlwind life in the culinary world started to focus locally.
Combing their talents, love of the communal dining experience, and missing informal Italian-style enotecas, they created Boro6 in December of 2016. The couple wanted their wine bar to be a place where friends and neighbors gather in a relaxed atmosphere, for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and they achieved their dream.
Diners, wine aficionados or just plain folks who enjoy a glass of wine, will find a vast selection of curated wines by the glass, half or full bottles. Over 30 reds, 17 whites, roses and sparkling wines, from reasonably priced to special “library wines,” make the choice enjoyably challenging. Local craft beers are on tap or available by the bottle as are hand-crafted sodas. A dazzling selection of organic teas from Bellocq Tea Atelier in Brooklyn decorate the shelves and, when ordered, are good for two infusions.
Boro6 snacks and starters include a fulsome Mediterranean board, created with daily hummus, a variety of olives, pickled vegetables, marcona almonds and carte de musica (pizza on crackers). A specialty of the house, salmon toast, is a silky house-cured gravlax, with dill ricotta and preserved lemon, all served on Sullivan Street bread. Salads are plentiful meals in themselves at Boro6; roasted beets, complemented by zaatar infused goat cheese, and croutons, is mixed delicately with a sherry vinaigrette; the Tuscan kale salad, topped with manchego cheese and toasted almonds has become a signature, and the arugula salad gets special treatment when accompanied by bresaola, shaved fennel and parmesan.
Sandwiches – open-faced tuna, the prosciutto and the bahn-six are hearty taste-filled and distinct. But, don’t miss creating your own cheese and charcuterie platter (choose three or six) from an exceptional curated selection of locally and internationally sourced aged meats and cheeses.
Two choices of hot soup are available daily. And, while Sullivan Street Bakery provides the bread for Boro6, the gluten-free option comes from By The Way Bakery. Two scoops of Penny Lick ice cream, sorbet, the Boro sundae or your choice of “liquid dessert” top off a perfect bistro dining experience.
Molakides and Aaronson designed Boro6 to feature the commanding marble-topped bar centrally located in the corner establishment. With seating for 21 at Viennese-style chairs, artisanal drinks, specialty cocktails or one of their 40 choices of wine by the glass have never tasted better. Tables and banquettes surround the bar, all bathed in soft light and with a delicate, rich blue and gold wallpaper – Boro6 welcomes visitors with a warm hug.
But, soon, Boro6 regulars and newcomers will be treated to an expanded menu thanks to the opening of Boro6 Kitchen next door, where Molakides will be providing daily pastas, braises, roasted vegetables, soups, roasted chicken and fish – all prepared in the soul and spirit of Boro6 Wine Bar. “Our new small, hearty dishes will all feel like they have been part of Boro6’s menu all along,” said Molakides. Aaronson will also be baking at the new kitchen, and given her Martha Stewart expertise, you will soon be able to order delicious olive oil-citrus cake, muffins, and granola. Her spiced nuts will also be on sale at the front retail section of Boro6 Kitchen, along with jams, cheeses, sauces and dressings. Take out will also be available, all thanks to Boro6’s exceptional landlords, Chris and Constance Hall who, along with their brother Greg, will make Boro6’s expansion possible.
“Drinking wine may cause relaxation and better relations,” as noted on Boro6’s menu, but, suffice it to say, whether experiencing breakfast, lunch or dinner at Boro6 with family or friends, the communal feel is infectious, and the food is molto bene. You don’t have to fly to Tuscany for an authentic experience with Boro6 nearby.
IF YOU GO
549 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson
914-231-9200 | boro6winebar.com | email@example.com
Dinner: Tues – Thurs. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Fri-Sat. 5 p.m. – 11p.m.
Lunch: Mon. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m, Tues. – Fri. 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Brunch: Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Happy Hour: Tues.-Fri. 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Coffee / Wine / Snacks: Sat/Sun 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Opening this spring: Boro6Kitchen | Catering available