Vini e Fritti is Danny Meyer's mock-up of a Roman wine-and-fried-snacks bar, in the back of The Redbury Hotel (formerly the Martha Washington), where Marta is in front.
Now my favorite four food groups are Fried, Wine, Gin, and Pig Fat. Vini e Fritti has two of them covered (and, although not central to the concept, you can get some gin, too). So they kind of had me going in. I am happy to say that I was not at all disappointed.
I don't really remember what I had, but it was all good. The frying, while not miraculously greaseless as at some tempura places, was still remarkably greaseless. I find with fried snacks like these that texture is really as important as flavor -- but whatever, everything felt and tasted good.
Probably sparkling wine is the best thing to drink with fried snacks. But I stuck with some whites from the list, and they were good. How do they not have Coenobium by the glass, though?
Now for the best part: they say they're open late -- and they mean it! I swanned in at something like 11 PM on a Sunday, and they were happy to serve me. We need more of this in this City!