Vin Sur Vingt, a popular Manhattan-based, French-style wine bar and bistro, is coming to Main Street Sag Harbor next month. Slated to open June 16 in what was formerly the Montauk Lobster House next to Sen, the bustling wine bar has half a dozen locations in NYC along with one in Washington D.C. and will be open every day for lunch and dinner.
Led by co-founder and operating partner Sébastien Auvet, the goal at Vin Sur Vingt is to be a relaxed, neighborhood joint, where the customer can get both great vin and value. According to Auvet, the new location will offer an ample rotating wine list of over 200 bottles, with at least 15 white and 15 red options consistently available by the glass along with a smattering of rosé and Champagne selections. By the glass pours will be $14 on average.
Vin Sur Vingt translates to “wine over 20,” which, according to Auvet, was a tongue in cheek reference to what equates to a perfect score on French grammar school tests: 20 out of 20.
“The wine we serve will be 100 percent French wine,” he says. “It’s always been part of our concept, and we also want to introduce some new and different French wine that people may not know about. Everything here is about value.”
Wine regions represented at VSV will range from the infamous areas of Bordeaux, Loire and Provençe as well as some of the less ubiquitous like Corsica, Beaujolais and Langeudoc Roussillon, with the latter being one of the leading producers in the world for sustainable, organic and biodynamic wine.
Originally born in Paris, Auvet is a 25-year restaurant industry veteran. Although not a classically trained sommelier, he gained invaluable experience from working in several high-end restaurants and hospitality gigs in New York after he moved there in 2003. Auvet and his partners started VSV in 2011 and Sag Harbor will be the second location to open outside of Manhattan. “I fell in love with this [Sag Harbor] village,” he says. “We had a house in Normandy we would summer in when I was a kid. For me, Sag Harbor has that same memory.”
Another reason Sag Harbor made sense for Auvet and his team: Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee merged with VSV last fall, forming TenEleven Hospitality. Jack’s is now located in its own Main Street Sag Harbor location next to Goldberg’s Famous Bagels and will be re-opening any day now.
The dining room and bar at VSV will accommodate about 70 seats, with three or four tables available for outdoor dining. As far as food is concerned, VSV will be open every day for lunch and dinner, offering familiar bistro-style classics, like Croque monsieur, steak au poivre and escargot, along with some raw bar and tapas-style items ideal for snacking and sipping.
“We’re going to try to maximize local farms and seafood,” says Auvet, “so a good portion of the food we serve will be local.”
Along with all the myriad wine options, VSV will also offer six to seven beers in bottle as well as a fully-stocked bar plus a seasonal cocktail menu. Guests can also expect a late-night happy hour, plus 25 percent off any bottle of wine, from 10 p.m. until close.
Vin Sur Vingt is located at 29 Main Street in Sag Harbor. Reservations will be available for dinner (walk-ins only for lunch) on Resy upon their opening.