Hartford >Food & Dining > Bin 228 - Panini & Wine Bar
228 Pearl St, Hartford, CT | Directions 0610641.766568 -72.677583
Sat 4pm-12am; Bar: Mon-Thu 11:30am-12am; Fri 11:30am-2am; Sat 4pm-2am
I have to agree with the review that this staff is rude. This was the most unpleasant and uncomfortable dining experience I have ever encountered. The staff was rude upon us entering the restaurant. There were 2 people at the bar and otherwise the place was empty. Was left with the impression that our presence was an inconvenience but decided to give it a shot anyway. I was purchasing a bottle of wine. The wine list is extensive and I asked for a bottle similar to a Pinot Grigio to compliment my meal. The staff ridiculed my wine choice and made snide comments I was about 20 feet from them and could hear everything they were saying. In hindsight I wish I would have left but after a long day of travel I just wanted a meal. I will have to say the food was delicious but the atmosphere in this place is toxic and if anyone is traveling in the Hartford CT area avoid this place by all means. I will add that I found the owners name and sent her a message to let her know of my unpleasant experience. She never responded.
Ignored us/ very Rude staff............Waitress took our drink order, then was visibly annoy when we didn't order wine(I was driving back to NYC) -
She never came back to take our order, ignored me when I tried to get her attention, and tended to other tables in front of us.
After 15 mins of being ignored we got up to leave and the hostess just said, 'there's only 2 of us'. Which I could understand if the place was packed...but it wasn't and they could have let us know within the 15 min wait that they would be slow.
I guess they are so rich in this economy they don't need our money / tips - so don't eat here because they don't need your money either.
Great Food - Great Service – Had a great meal of appetizers and wine. Service was wonderful, priced fairly for the quality.
Looking forward to returning soon!!!
Best Wine – Bin 228 is an amazing little place in downtown Hartford. It really does take you away to a cozy spot in a different city, you certainly forget you are in Hartford. I had some amazing red wine from Montepulciano and my boyfriend even enjoyed a "manly" martini. It was a great place to relive a recent trip to Italy with the fruit and cheese plate, along with an extensive selection of wonderful wines.
What city are we in? – If you live in the Hartford area and would like to enjoy a simple meal and some great wine then Bin 228 is the place. When I visited this warm establishment I completely forgot that I was in Hartford, it definitely had a NY Chic "feel" with the exposed brick walls and warm color palate. The variety of bruscettas and paninis was just enough to fill me up. Whether this is a place to start off your night or it is your final destination it's a wonderful restaurant.
Must visit for Italian wine lovers – Great for Italian wine. The staff was very helpful with the wine, even though they fell down when it came to other service aspects. Nice menu, oriented towards lighter fare. Not the place to go for a serious "foodie" meal. All the wines seemed to be Italian, which is a nice change. Wine prices seemed good by the bottle, per glass prices are very high ( I guess to encourage bottle ordering).
Overall a great experience and definetly worth another visit. Not very many tables and small bar, so on a Friday, probably not a good choice.
Great Spot – This is by far my favorite place in Hartford. Tasty food (mainly finger foods), a wonderful and extensive wine list, and an intimate setting. I wish there were more places like this in Hartford. The owners truly know what they're doing!
Beautiful presentations of simple, quality sandwiches and snacks complement an extensive menu of regional Italian wines. – The Scene
Overlooking Bushnell Park, this modern Italian panini and wine bar occupies a long, narrow space reminiscent of a Soho eatery. Wine is even part of the decor--steel and cherry racks showcase part of the bar's collection. Brick and stucco walls transport hip diners to Italy. Waitstaff is skilled at interpreting the unconventional menu, and exceptionally knowledgeable about wine.
At bin228, diners choose from salads, small and large plates, bruschetta, tramezzini (crustless tea sandwiches), panini (grilled ciabatta), and sweets. The mixed greens in shallot vinaigrette, and the juicy tomato, mozzarella and julienned basil salad are refreshing starts, while the herb-marinated olive bowl is a salty transition to heartier fare. A zesty lemon mayo accents the pancetta, tomato and arugula tramezzini. The fresh tomato, pesto and fontina panini is lightly charred on the outside and gooey on the inside. Creamy "pana cota" makes a cool end to a spicy meal, and the crisp Nutella panino, a rich, chocolatey grilled dessert sandwich, is neat finger food.
NY in CT – I was taken away as I walked in and found myself in a different place than Hartford. From the wine list by the glass (over 40, I found), to the simple yet delicious fare. I was surprised I hadn't heard of this place before. The beautiful exposed brick walls and the wine bins lining them. The cherry bar to the best bathroom in the state. A small romantic spot to grab a light meal before or after theater, or sit and chat with friends or date. This place is perfect for suits to dates to friends just hanging out. The service was great too. I am not a wine geek and needed help, I simply told my server what I liked and he directed me perfectly to a Sicilian red characteristicly similar to my favorite Californian cab. A must try. See you at "the Bin" as my friends put it.
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