Claret is a small neighborhood wine bar located on the tree-lined Skillman Avenue in the heart of Sunnyside Gardens in Queens. When owners Jean Clancy and Niall Costello, longtime Sunnyside residents and lovers of wine, opened the doors in December 2008, they wanted to create a space that combined all the elegant sophistication of a candle-lit downtown wine-bar with the easy-going charm of a neighborhood local. Both Jean and Niall have travelled extensively through wine making regions around the world and wanted to bring their passion for wine to Skillman Avenue.
The atmosphere at Claret is warmly convivial: polished oak floors and exposed brick walls decorated with a bohemian collection of paintings from local artists. Kick back and relax and watch the world go by from the huge glass windows looking onto Skillman Avenue, that capture the glorious rosy glow of the late afternoon sun. In warm weather, the windows are thrown wide open - grab one of the adjacent seats to enjoy the fresh breeze and watch the neighborhood characters strolling by. Claret also has a sidewalk cafe that operates in spring, summer and fall.
Claret currently offers boutique wines from around the globe, with many of these available by glass. The wine selection encompasses a wide variety from crowd pleasing Sauvignon Blancs to lesser known varietals such as Pecorino and Picpoul de Pinet. If you are feeling unsure where to start ask the owners, or the ever-helpful bartender for guidance and they will be happy to provide a tasting or two until you find your feet.
The Claret menu comprises of an impressive selection of fine whiskeys, scotches, bourbon and ryes along with over a dozen different gins from around the globe. Add to that a great selection of specialty cocktails, all created with top shelf liquors, freshly squeezed juices and handcrafted syrups.
Claret also offers a selection of craft beers on tap and bottle such as Brooklyn's Sixpoint Sweet Action, Long Island's Blue Point, Chimay, Schenider Weisse, Grolsch, Sam Smith Nut Brown Ale, Nitro Milk Stout and Estrella's Damm, Daura and Gallicia amongst many others.
Choose from a delicious selection of tapas designed to compliment the grape. Citrus Marinated Olives, Pan Catalan, Sizzling Garlic Shrimp or Mussels Piri Piri. Create your own Cheese and Charcuterie Platter from a choice of award winning artisanal cheeses and cured meats. For those with a more substantial appetite, try the richly aromatic and filling Black Truffle and Aged Gruyere Mac and Cheese, which has fast become Claret's signature dish. The the Smoked Salmon Tartine with Roasted Jalapeno & Goat Cheese Tapanade has a following of its own as do the many thin crust Brick Oven Pizzas. The Claret staff are always on hand with wine suggestions to pair with your food.
We are located on the corner of Skillman Avenue and 46th Street in the heart of the beautiful Sunnyside Gardens, just a short walk from the 7 Train @ Bliss Street (46th Street) Station
718 433 9207 | email@example.com