Awards and rave reviews about Jennifer Klein, the creator of
the 'Dakota Bar' and other venues.
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February 19, 2013
That Upper West Siders
are flocking to
beautiful new lounge,
Dakota Bar, on 72nd and Columbus -
just down the block from the famous building
it is named after. Since quietly
it has become an
-- Emily Smith PAGE SIX
About Jennifer and her venues:
In the food
industry for over 25 years,
in 2005 Jennifer was one of the
very first pioneers of small wine bars now
flourishing throughout NYC.
Jennifer created the
concept for ''The Dakota Bar' in 2010 opening with
love on Valentines Day 2013.
March 3, 2013
Though named after the nearby apartment building
made famous as John Lennon's final stomping ground,
the Dakota Bar is more fit for a modern socialite
than a rock and roller. Frequented by tailored
thirty-something women .., its whimsical decor
-- featuring chandeliers fashioned out of brass
instruments, warm cream color scheme, and upbeat
music ... Inviting in its interior. With over
150 wines, plus inventive wine-based cocktails and
old-fashioned sugary concoctions such as the Pink
Squirrel (creme de noyaux, white creme de cacao, and
the Dakota Bar's drink list is artfully chosen...
sample the Dakota Bar's well-crafted creations."
"People Are Always Celebrating..."
"No stranger to the
Upper West Side, Jennifer
Klein has lived on the same block for thirty-two
years and describes the area as very
community-driven, interesting, and educational. She
has seen it change over the years and observes that
the neighborhood lacks places for locals to
socialize, relax and celebrate. People are always
celebrating, Jennifer stated, and that's the niche
that The Dakota Bar wants to fill on West 72nd
Street and Columbus Avenue.
Though it boasts an extensive wine list, it's not
just a wine bar (although it would put many
so-called establishments to shame). The Dakota Bar
also features classic cocktails with a twist and
fresh ingredients, and the menu will soon expand to
include wine-based cocktails as well. The Dakota Bar
also offers a full menu to accompany your drink
selection including artisanal cheeses from all over
The world of wine is always changing: there are
always new varieties of grapes from up-and-coming
regions and climates. Tastes in other liquors are
also in flux. Who would have imagined that
chocolate-infused vodka would have existed noted
Jennifer. Indeed, the Upper West Side is not immune
to change either.
Jennifer feels people crave more fabulous places
right here on the Upper West Side, and she has
certainly provided this at her Dakota Bar. Once
the weather starts getting better, you can expect
the Dakota Bar to have open doors and outdoor
seating for a great and relaxing experience."
Terrific Take 0ut!
May 22, 2014
Valentine's Day 2013, The Dakota Bar has been
thriving in the Upper West Side ever since and the
overall experience was one of the best for us in
takeout in recent experience.
Jennifer Klein and her
husband, Todd, are both total peaches and we loved
meeting the stellar husband and wife team,
and it's clear they take
beaucoup de pride in their labor of love, which is
of course your dinner. The Dakota Bar is
named after the Dakota building, and you may know
them from Wine and Roses.
We began with the Arugula and
Mixed Greens salad, above. The invisible angle of
nutrition named Bloomberg who sits on Peachy's
shoulder applauded at the party of avocado, pears,
spiced walnuts, dried cranberries, red onions and
crumbled bleu cheese in balsamic vinaigrette. They
are detail-oriented here and remembered to put
dressing on the side as we asked. Totally fresh,
this salad was splendid and a laudable start.
For our main course we tried the Fettuccini which
was accentuated with pancetta, asparagus and peas in
a creamy white basil sauce served perfectly Al
dente. Delicious! And, it's pink and green -a
great color combination. Everything we ate was just
as visually appealing as it was tasty.
Without a doubt our favorite of what we tried was
the Shrimp Bruchetta. Chopped shrimp, avocado,
tomato and fresh mozzarella simply shined their
brilliance on a toasted baguette. We believe you
will be wowed too.
The Dakota Bar is absolutely Terrific Takeout!
We adored it and can't wait to return. Judging from
how popular it was when we popped in we advise the
wise to make a reservation. And oh my goodness wait
until you see the chandelier!
Dakota Bar has opened on the corner of 72nd street
and Columbus Avenue, and the cocktail lounge and
restaurant appears to already be drawing some nice
crowds. Itís owned and run by
Jennifer Klein, owner of Wine & Roses Bar.
Klein is a popular hostess and a local who lives
right down the block from the bar. Wine &
Roses sometimes attracted celebrities when she ran
tells us the current menu will likely change in the
coming weeks. The spot has a long wine list,
and a full menu, with pasta bowls, salads, hors
D'oeuvres and specialty sandwiches with ingredients
like crispy shrimp.
several steps above typical bar fare:"
"March 1, 2013: Jennifer Klein, owner of Wine & Roses,
drops a neighborhood cocktail lounge on
Columbus. Bright green barstools and a
long chandelier provide some punch.
Seasonal cocktails, craft beer, and a
serviceable wine list. "
March 28, 2013
Will Stop In" By V.L. Hendrickson
the shadow of one of Manhattan's
most iconic apartment buildings,
the Dakota Bar is a comfortable
and lively new addition to West
Several area bars have closed
over the years, said owner
with new higher-end retailers
and restaurants moving in. Ms.
has lived across the street from
the bar for 32 years,
said "the neighborhood needed a
place where locals could have a
few lovely drinks, some food and
The Dakota has an extensive wine
list (Ms. Klein previously owned
a wine bar). Classic cocktails
dominate the drinks menu, with
options such as the Portly
Manhattan, with bourbon,
Muscatel and bitters, and the
Pimms Cup, with muddled
cucumber, lemon and ginger ale.
Food options range from snacks
like olive and parmesan cheese
straws and seasoned eggplant
to salads and pasta dishes.
The restaurant also has a large
selection of cheeses "If you're
looking to nosh on something at
the bar, there's nothing better
than a beautiful presentation of
cheese," said Ms. Klein."
The Dakota Bar The Upper West Side's
"More Than Just Wine Bars"
May 13, 2013
Jennifer's Klein's new
restobar offers an extensive wine list, craft
beer, and innovative seasonal cocktails, with an
eclectic food menu featuring dishes from Spain to
Switzerland and France to Italy......"Put
away a stiff cocktail beneath a chandelier fashioned
from brass instruments at this moody retreat owned
by former Jordache model Jennifer Klein..."
2013 "...The highlight of this
Upper West Side spot is that it knows
its vino, and it stocks an extensive
October 10, 2011: "Former
model and Wine & Roses drama magnet
tries again.She was
a Jordache Jeans model and co-owner of
Wine & Roses. DNA Info reports that
Jennifer Klein is opening a new
bar and restaurant on the Upper West
Side called Dakota Bar, named
after a little olí rambler named the
Dakota. (The bar is down the street.
-- by Alyssa Shelasky"
April 5, 2013:"Really, I am a
neighborhood guy. I ate lunch at the Dakota Bar. It was a Cobb salad, with chicken,
avocado, bacon, roasted peppers,
hard-boiled eggs, and blue cheese."
"It was Fantastic"
Outtakes From Richard Belzer's
Diet Shoot at
Photos: Melissa Hom for Grub Street.
Order: SVU star Richard Belzer is
a New York icon and Upper West Sider
who's also half diehard Francophile. 'I
live in France part of the year, so, you
know, I'm a food snob. A French
person can happily talk about
mushrooms for an hour, instead of
like, what do you do, and how much money
do you make?' "He
admits his eating habits are "eclectic
and eccentric." But after time in the
French countryside, he's fallen back
into a New York rhythm. We don't
make a habit of running outtakes from
photo shoots, but Richard Belzer today's
Grub Street Diet subject was such a good
sport at his Dakota Bar shoot
that it felt criminal to keep the
pictures private: a pose that makes him
a dead ringer for Disney's most famous
cartoon restaurant critic, goofily
knowing glances, and a strawberry
that he enjoyed perhaps too much..." -- by Alyssa Shelasky
"...Worth the Ambiance"
"...one of the most incredible
restaurant interiors that I've had the
privilege to experience"
Columbia Daily Spectator
by Yvonne Hsiao
"The best decision
I've made recently was swapping out my checkered
Converse sneakers for nude stilettos. They certainly
went better with the utter
chic-ness of Jennifer Klein's
Dakota Bar rather
versatile enterprise that is at once an upscale
lounge, a restaurant, and an impressive wine bar.
...Dakota has earned its place on the Upper West
Side with its beautiful brass instrument chandelier,
sophisticated color scheme of dark and bold, and
tendency to make a patron's wallet bleed..."
"Dakota carries gourmet
"As a cheese lover, I
was pleased with the artesian cheese platter.
First up was a piece of Romano, a hard cheese from
the northern Netherlands with complex toffee-like
notes. Then came the Spanish Zamorano with its nutty
and sharp taste, which was juxtaposed against its
delicate, melting texture. My favorite, though,
would have to be the French Tomme Fermier, a
smear-ripened cheese with odd but delicious hints of
chlorophyll and mushroom.
The entrees were
decent in culinary terms, and great in the context
in which they were served. The clean scent of
arugula testified to its freshness, and its
bitterness worked in favor of the crisp romaine.
Permeated with fresh potatoes and water-tamed red
onions, the salad had a slightly awkward, warm
juxtaposition with the wild mushrooms and tender,
but sodium-chocked, duck breast. However, with the
tangy and oddly citrusy goat cheese, this
experimental dish was complex and satisfying.
The walnut and Gorgonzola ravioli, meanwhile,
hovered on the verge of too indulgent. Walnuts
already ooze palpable oil when chewed and when
paired with such a rich Italian cheese, the sage
could not undercut the richness of it all, even with
its bright notes. General consensus around the table
for the drinkers who accompanied me, though, was
that the dish went well with the wine, which I
Although not a drinker myself, its easy to see
the ramifications of having a wine connoisseur as
the owner of Dakota. This place boasts over 150
types of wines, with call brands for white and red
wine next to lesser-known creations and craft beer.
The Dakota Bar is a place to go for a splurge (think
first date or birthday celebration), fully aware
that essentially paying for its ambience which is
well worth it."
the food industry for over 25
years, Jennifer was one of the
very first pioneers of small
wine bars now flourishing
was honored as "Restaurateur of
the Year" by the West Side
Spirit in 2007; in 2008 and 2009
by Wine Enthusiast Magazine for
operating Wine and Roses "One of
the nation's most wine-friendly
restaurants" and from 2006 to
2010 received "Wine Spectator
Jennifer created the concept for
''The Dakota Bar' in 2010
opening with love on Valentines
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native Jennifer Klein is behind this
funky bar... Thirty wines by
the glass feature old-world
countries (France, Italy, Spain),
and there is an extensive bottle
list with more than 150 selections.
For a boozier sip, try a
red-wine-based tipple, or a cocktail
like the Who's Your Daddy, which
combines vodka and Sugar Daddy's
caramel. Nibble on cheese and
charcuterie, a club sandwich or
walnut-gorgonzola ravioli at one of
the multicolored banquettes,
illuminated by a 25-foot-long
chandelier made from brass
instruments." - Time Out Magazine
"Let's face it: when we think of the
Upper West Side, we don't always think of it as the
go-to destination for exciting nights out. Sure,
there have always been some places to go for a great
meal and cocktails but it's always been more of a
family-land with limited options at least, to us.
That's all changing now. Downtown darlings RedFarm
and The Smith have opened up shop uptown and there
are more and more cool spots cropping up around the
hood. But we have a new
favorite: Dakota Bar.
Opened earlier this year by
Dakota Bar is a fun and
energetic bar slash restaurant, serving up
some tasty cocktails and fantastic food located on
the prime corner of Columbus and 72nd Street.
Invoking the vibe of a trendy downtown cocktail
lounge, Dakota Bar has the requisite dark lighting
and flickering candles, good-looking and friendly
staff and comfortable seating at the wrap-around bar
and high-top tables.
Aside from having a great energy, Dakota Bar offers
an extensive wine list and really solid cocktail,
including the UWS Negroni and the bourbon-based
Portly Manhattan ?two of the drinks we sampled and
As for the food, there is a solid selection of
appetizers, salads, pizzas and pastas to sample. The
bite-size Mini Empanadas with black beans, Sante Fe
chili and cheese and Eggplant Fries were delicious
while the Arugula and Mixed Greens with pear,
avocado, dried cranberries and crumbled bleu cheese
is the perfect blend of flavors for a lighter meal.
The selections of pizza include a classic
Marguerite, a Shrimp and Asparagus and a Sausage and
Fennel with jalapeno which was highly recommended by
the gracious and helpful server. Looking for
something heartier? Dakota Bar has a handful of
pasta bowls like the Mushroom Stuffed Rigatoni,
Fusilli with cannelloni beans and broccoli pesto and
Walnut and Gorgonzola.
Now, with the opening of
Dakota Bar, Upper West Siders no longer have to trek
downtown for an exciting night out."
CHLOE BURNS / Bars in NYC
March 27, 2013
Atmosphere Excellent - Decor
Excellent - Service Excellent
present, the new bar in the area.
A famous name echoing a famous
landmark building. Totally
sophisticated atmosphere, even
glamorous; and a welcome presence on
the Upper West Side. Love it!'
November 19, 2013
restaurateur and wine pioneer
Jennifer Klein celebrates
the Upper West Side's magic with
this romantic spot featuring
eclectic bites, a stellar wine list,
and creative cocktails (try the Love
Potion Number Wine featuring Bulldog
Gin, Prosecco, jasmine essence,
lemon juice and sugar, served in a
"Dakota Bar Offering
SHOT of NOSTALGIA
to UWS Bar Scene" by Emily Frost
January 30, 2013
WEST SIDE "With a massive marble bar, swiveling
chairs, chandeliers adorned with musical instruments
and retro cocktails, the Dakota Bar is looking
to help revive the bar scene on the Upper West Side. The bar - at 72nd Street and Columbus Avenue and
owned by former model and Wine and Roses founder
Jennifer Klein - will have its grand opening on
Valentine's Day following a year of renovations. "We felt this corner needed something something
whimsical," said Jennifer Klein. "There are so
few places to connect and smile and meet your
The Dakota Bar will be open daily with an extensive
wine and beer list and a roster of signature
cocktails. The drinks will "have a nostalgic
feeling, using gum drops, liqueurs, and sugar daddy
cocktails and caramel liqueurs," said Jennifer
Klein. She drew inspiration from drinks she
remembers her mother drinking, like the Pink
Squirrel, typically made with creme de noyaux, white
creme de cacao and light cream. Klein will also
serve a variety of wine-based cocktails: "You could
start with Cabernet with fruits and simple sugar and
pick any kind of liqueur." Or she said she'd mix
white wine with vodka and herbs. "We are here with
[older] people who could relate to nostalgia...and a
lot of younger people will [also] relate," she said.
In April, Klein will debut a "punch brunch" with
several different punches alongside a full brunch
menu. Klein said she and her husband, Todd,
who live a block away, have always had a fascination
with the Dakota, and decided to name the bar after
the legendary building.
The 1,200-square-foot restaurant fits 100 people and
Klein said, "everywhere you sit, you can see out the
windows." The bar has a wall of south and west
facing windows that will showcase the sunset and can
be opened in the summertime, she said. A glamour
shot of Klein from her modeling days and dark tables
add to the bar's grown-up feel in the
family-friendly neighborhood. To add to the
atmosphere, which features large green bar chairs
and maroon swivel chairs, the bar will "play
great funky music from every era," she said.
Though the Dakota Bar is surrounded by popular
restaurants, Klein said the bar's emphasis is on the
drinks menu. "We're not a restaurant," she said.
"We're a bar first." However, the food on
offer will come in big portions.
The menu includes: 10
salads, 10 pastas, 10 "really big sandwiches,"
Charcuterie, pates, and cheese boards with three to
"We want to fill everybody
up," she said."
Nightlife Scene Heats Up
by Emily Frost
March 10, 2013
UPPER WEST SIDE "Upper
West Siders have long known that if they want a
good drink and a hopping nightlife scene free of
college students and sports bars, they'd have to
head below 59th Street. All that's changing now,
heat up the after-hours scene uptown, offering
nightlife options upscale enough to complement their
food menus. Owners are recognizing that
there's demand for spaces where patrons can stop in
for a pre-theater drink, sit down for a formal
dinner, enjoy a few rounds of cocktails or celebrate
a Saturday night in style... ...Jennifer
Klein, who opened The Dakota Bar, said
she'd also noticed the changes and wanted to be part
of the comeback.
"[Columbus] Avenue desperately needs nighttime
places," she said. Klein said she's happy her
bar is among the new nightlife options and believes
the competition will stir interest. "It
happened in the Meatpacking District," she said.
"The more things that come up here, it's going to
...Owner Jennifer Klein
saw a need for a sophisticated bar
along Columbus Avenue that mixed nostalgia with
bold, modern colors and decor to create a new
after-hours place people would seek out. The
Dakota Bar has a sizeable wine selection, but with
'hopping' music and nostalgic cocktails, Klein was
aiming to create a fun, lively bar.
The Dakota Bar seats about 100 people and will serve
food in large portions, said Klein,who added
that seeing a lot of "cool retail stores" on the
avenue signaled to her that it was time for the
dining scene to catch up.