Crush is a New York-style wine bistro in Jing’an, located across from Shankang Li. It’s an unpretentious wine bar with a modern American menu. Plus, they have a great brunch free-flow deal.
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Crush opened in September 2021. It’s the brainchild of New York-native Elliott Shay, founder of wine import company Vault Asia. This isn’t Elliott’s first rodeo—he’s had his hand in a couple F&B projects before. Having been through the wringer, his principal objective for Crush is to have quality, house-made craft food done well. For the menu, he’s employed the expertise of chef Dylan Briley, previously of Goga and MMB, and who’s also consulted at a handful of other Shanghai restaurants.
The space is classy yet casual. There’s a large centerpiece bar with booth seating on either side, plus high tables, seating just over 50 people. It’s bright and airy during the day, warm and inviting in the evenings.
As for the wine list, there are about 200 different labels; bottles will rotate, balancing value for money vs variety. Wine being Elliot’s area of expertise, he’s (almost) always at Crush to provide recommendations. Wines by the glass start from ¥60, bottles from ¥230. Crush also has some wine flights, four 50ml pours of red or white for ¥160/¥170. There are also some house cocktails for ¥80.
The food is modern American, along with a couple dishes that have Asian accents. And everything that can be made in-house is made in-house—the breads, the deliciously crispy bacon, and hand-cut fries. It’s a short and sweet menu compared to other restaurants, but the dishes are hits all around, and the portions, especially for the mains, are hearty and generous.
Here’s what to expect for dinner:
Crush also has the staples of steaks, and platters of cheese and charcuterie. And they have a wine pairing menu for two that rotates on a regular basis.
Brunch & Free-Flow
As for brunch, it’s a set of two dishes plus a coffee or juice for ¥198. It’s excellent value for money. Some of the dinner dishes are also available during brunch, including the burger, pork belly, and tuna tataki.
Here’s what to order for brunch:
Brunch drinks situation: The free-flow is ¥198 for three hours of selected sparkling, red and white wine, and selected cocktails. Cocktails on the free-flow include bellini, bloody mary, mimosa, and Aperol or Campari spritz. You can also upgrade to include all of the above plus Crush Signature Cocktails for ¥298 or Billecart Salmon Natural Champagne for ¥788.
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Crush Wine Bar & Restaurant
Address: 819 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Changping Lu 陕西北路819号, 近昌平路
Hours: Tue-Fri, 5:30pm-1am; Sat-Sun 11:30am-1am
Brunch: Sat-Sun, 11:30am-4:30pm (last order 2:30pm)