Taste: Dining Out: Where We’re Eating: Cooperage

Cooperage  Washington Square
Even with some early kinks in the kitchen, this coolly designed (don’t miss the pull-chain johns) “wine and whiskey” spot in the Curtis Center shows promise. Entrées didn’t impress — a Berkshire pork chop  was unseasoned — but shareable offerings, including sweet-potato fritters, buttermilk-breaded Florida “gator bites” and spicy pork nachos, were tasty. A solid, adult-friendly choice for the mature condo-dwellers in restaurant-quiet Washington Square. Insider tip: Don’t get suckered into the $25 bourbon from New York. The mid-teen Kentucky offerings are far better. 601 Walnut Street, 215-226-2667, wineandwhiskeybar.com.