23810 Woodward Ave.
Pleasant Ridge Michigan 48069United States
Cork, a Detroit-area wine bar, serves an impressive, affordable collection of small-yield wines and small plates in an eclectic setting.
Set in Pleasant Ridge, a central Detroit suburb, Cork describes itself simply as a wine bar. That is a bit of an understatement; Cork is also an ambitious restaurant in the process of finding its sea legs in the burgeoning arena of small plates. Anchored by a solid, innovative wine list featuring plenty of small-production pours, as well as some European varietals rarely available stateside, Cork can hold its own in the grape department. Inside, the look is dark-wood spare, decorated with eccentric objets d'art. An orange and red color scheme softens the rooms further. Food is hit or miss; the unimaginative and boringly presented cheese plate resembles a Costco sample tray, but the roasted chicken and risotto are an elegant symphony of poultry perfection. Because of its location on a busy street, Cork offers free valet parking. Though only open a few months, Cork is already popular, and reservations aren't accepted, though guests can call a half hour prior to expected arrival to be placed on a wait list. That means either dining at 5:30 or waiting in the sleek, dimly lit bar, perhaps the most appealing part of the restaurant. Luckily for local oenophiles, a wine store also located in the restaurant means that all these lovely vintages are available for purchase. Wine from $6 per glass; small plates start at $8.