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If the only French you’ve had in Brooklyn lately were fries, drop into Vin Rouge, a new wine bar and small plate place in Greenwood Heights that offers a taste — make that a sip — of France without leaving the borough.

“Think of it as a Paris bistro meets old time Brooklyn and you’ve got the idea,” said manager Jeff McCay. Though the restaurant has a Parisian inspiration, McCay said that they’re hoping to serve as a neighborhood hangout.

“The wine list is international,” said McCay, who has more than 30 years experience in wine sales. But since no matter where you travel, you’ve always got to come back home, McCay has you covered. “With all the great vintners in Long Island, we’re featuring plenty of bottles from that region.”

And should your palate need some fine-tuning, Vin Rouge will host Monday evening wine courses and tastings starting in September.

If you’re more interested in enjoying food than spirits oysters will also be trucked in from Long Island beginning in September.

McCay claimed to know fisherman and swore he can get delivery to the bar “within hours of the shellfish being in the water.”

Until then, diners can graze on provisions — none of which are made in house — including artisanal cheese from Bierkraft on Fifth Avenue; meats from Grab on Seventh Avenue; and buttery desserts courtesy of Trois Pommes, a new bakery, also on Fifth Avenue.

The 20-seat backyard garden is open until 1 am for lingering over that glass of sangria, pictured.

Vin Rouge (629 Fifth Ave., between 17th and 18th streets in Greenwood Heights) accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. Wine: $5–$15 per glass. Bottle: $20–$75. Cheese and meat plates: $10. The bar is open Tuesday through Sunday from 5 pm–1 am. Closed Monday. Subway: R to Prospect Ave. For information, call (718) 369-4201 or visit www.vinrougebrooklyn...

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