Go to this Euro-style wine bar when you're feeling gregarious; the rather stark space has seating for only 48 people, and it's a tight fit. The results are loud and lively, though happily the shareable fare—a mix of small and large Mediterranean plates, such as chorizo-stuffed dates and whole roasted fish from a wood-burning oven—is reasonably priced. Avec is as popular as its next-door neighbor Blackbird (and run by the same people), and only early birds are guaranteed
tables. The doors open at 3:30 pm.