Balzac’s sommelier facilitates aspiring wine aficionados with approachable samplers, tasting events, and pairing advice. The food menu offers small plates, tapas-style, right in line with the restaurant’s spirit of exploration and discovery through sampling. This makes it easy to have a light snack with wine or a belly-busting meal, depending on your appetite—or your wallet. Count on ordering several plates to constitute a dinner. The decor is dark and moody, with heavy drapes in dramatic black, gray, brown, and maroon.