Part wine bar and part restaurant, this effortlessly cool spot has an bohemian-luxe atmosphere and an unforgettable Peking-style duck.

You can never be all things to all people, but you can make a restaurant that meets all your needs, and maybe other people’s too. That’s really what Grey Gardens is, a place that at first glance seems like a vibrant room – full of people happily slurping wine and oysters and scraping the last of a buttery black truffle sauce off a hand crafted ceramic plate (that’s somehow, just the right plate for a sauce of this consistency) – but it’s really whatever you want it to be, within that vibrancy. It’s a wine bar, where you bring new dates or hang with old friends (is this a Kelsey’s website??) with a really great cider list (and a secret sake menu), it’s the fancy anniversary dinner you reserved a month in advance, it’s your once a week drop-in spot (you always get the same thing), and it’s where you book your birthday parties for 8 to 14 people in our gorgeous, wine cellar adjacent private dining room. It’s exactly the restaurant I want to eat and drink and spend time in, and let’s face it, if we, as restaurateurs aren’t making spaces that suit us, what’s even the point of all this?

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Pop in for a quick glass of wine, realize you’re hungry and order whatever you want from our dinner menu, all of a sudden it’s after 11 (glasses of wine) and you’re hungry again. Don’t worry, there are snacks!

Q What's the overview with this place?

There's an unassuming and hard-to-spot weathered wood sign out front, because nothing about Grey Gardens screams, well, much of anything. Instead, it whispers coolly. With walls lined with grayish botanical wallpaper, the space is filled with marble, vintage wood, polished brass, and a fabulous vintage chandelier wrapped with pussy willows. Pop in for a glass of rare Sauternes and a snack after work (no reservations required), or come with a friend to linger over dinner in the back dining room (reservations only). The restaurant lives up to its bohemian-luxe address in Kensington Market; it's just vintage enough without feeling dowdy.

Q What was the crowd like?

To cool for school: all sorts of Torontonian foodies, posh west-siders, and fans of restaurateur Jen Agg.

Q Give us the lowdown—especially what not to miss.

Part wine bar and part restaurant, Grey Gardens has small snacks, medium plates, and full-size plates. There's an emphasis on seafood here, with standouts including a sweet shrimp with compressed watermelon radishes. But don't leave without trying the dry-aged Peking-style duck breast, which is served on homemade sauerkraut and duck fried rice.

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