Taking up a bit of precious table space is North Point's thoughtful and affordable wine list, printed on an empty bottle. The Punto Final malbec is dry and earthy, and a Byerskloof pinotage is appealingly quirky, with raspberry flavors. They also have a good selection of beers on draft, including local favorites as well as some less familiar choices.
In essence North Point offers us an escape from the unconventional, a safe haven for the settled and self-assured. It is nice that Portland could offer a refuge for these brothers, but it is also nice for us that they brought a taste of traditional New York culture along with them. Sure, corporations have screwed us all. But businesspeople in Maine, who just trying to make a buck, are not the real problem. If find some of these well-dressed folks next to you at their own tiny table, chat them up. You just might find you have similar tastes.
THE NORTH POINT | 35 Silver St. | Mon-Sat 11 am-1 am, Sun 3 pm-12 am | Visa/MC/Amex | 207-899-3778