pergolanewyork.comSpring Fling at Pergola NYC Restaurant Bar & Lounge Julie May 13, 2015 Beer, Bourbon, Dinner, Drink Spots, Flatiron, Food Types, Lunch, Restaurants, Wine We had a great time at a Spring Tasting Event at Pergola NYC Restaurant Bar & Lounge. Friends and neighbors in the Flatiron and Madison Square Park neighborhoods sampled some of Pergola’s flavorful Mediterranean cuisine, along with an outstanding array of tasting stations set up to display popular wines and spirits. There were personal champagne flutes, as well as a quinoa vodka sampler, which was particularly interesting to try. This year’s “Enchanted Forest” theme was much needed after New York’s bitter cold and dreary winter. Spring was alive in Pergola with flowers up and down its walls, making you feel like you transcended into a real enchanted forest. At the rear was a live Spanish Guitar band that livened up the place and gave you something to dance to as you enjoyed some food and drinks. After a few tastes and drinks, my appetite was definitely worked up, so my friends and I decided to head upstairs for a proper meal. Upstairs at Pergola is the dining space that doubles as a hookah bar. My friends and I opted out of hookah this time, but it looked like people were having a lot of fun and enjoying themselves. After sampling a few menu items downstairs, we weren’t ravenous, so we ordered the mezze platter and two salads to share. The mezze came with three dips: hummus, an olive tapenade, and babaganoush. The babaganoush stood out amongst the three. For our salads we went with a mediterraneann classic, the Fattoush, and a Pergola original, the quinoa kale salad with chickpeas, tomato, cucumber, parsley, cilantro, avocado, lemon vinaigrette. Both were full of Mediterranean spices and bursting with flavor. I look forward to coming back and sampling more of their menu, the wild salmon and scallops definitely perked my interest. Thank you, Pergola, for a lovely time and for making Spring seem like an actual reality here in this confusing city of New York. Businesses and neighbors in the area, make sure you stop by Pergola at West 28th Street between 6th and Broadway to experience a good time, with great food. You can also check out the Pergola website for more information.