In NYC, it’s getting easy to find good wine bars but they are packed, and wine by the glass is expensive, but use wine bars for what they do best, offer a chance to meet interesting people, and for experimenting with new wines.
Feel free to send in your comments about a interesting wine bar in your neighborhood. happy exploring!
The Wine Bars industry has enjoyed a significant run over the past seven years and has taken advantage of an evolving hospitality landscape. An official Wine Bar is a bar that that primarily serves large selections of wine rather than draft beer and mixed drinks. This category has comfortably outpaced the Bars and Nightclubs industry as a whole. We expect the industry to continue to steal market share from other forms of bars and restaurants in the upcoming years as consumers with rising incomes will continue to seek affordable gourmet dining and drinking experiences…
An extension of ‘ino (in Greenwich Village), the wine list includes indigenous grapes from all of Italy’s regions. Be sure that if you stop by after midnight to ask for the late night reserve list, which has significant bargains.
98 Rivington Street (corner of Ludlow)
Bartending veterans from Union Square Cafe Michael Lagnese and Jonny Cohen opened this wine bar below grade (hence “cellar”) in July 2007.
6PM – 2 AM daily
500 wines to choose from as well as small plates from ‘Cesca chef Kevin Garcia who doubles here as well.
1081 Third Ave., nr. 64th St.
Ope: 5 – 11:30 PM
This Alain Ducasse restaurant is coupled with a small wine bar in the front. Leather wall coverings! Intimate 4 seater bar! Gold paint! Goat skin parchment! Interactive projection menu displays onto the bar counter top.
In the St. Regis hotel, 2 E. 55th St.
Opened Jan 28, 2008
Waiting room/wine bar two doors down from the always packed Al Di La. 30 wines by the glass available.
607 Carroll St
Joe Campanale (of restaurant Dell’Anima located next door) has assembled a strong list focused on natural, organic and otherwise wine-geeky wines. Book it: Tuesday nights, when one producer on the list gets a spotlight with all the wines poured by the glass for $10.
34 8th Ave
Pate, truffles, bubbly? Have them all with pillows and candles on the back room’s U-shaped couch.
24 Ninth Ave, (212) 242-8642
With 120 Italian wines on the list and small plate food, this is a great spot if you can score one of the 24 seats in main room. A flight of wine and a small plate is $15 before 7 PM. Very happy hour!
36 E. 4th St
At Daniel Boulud’s latest, a long, barrel vaulted main room has a communal, circular tasting table at the back and some diner-style booths. Sommelier Michael Madrigale has assembled a list strong on Burgundy, Rhone, and Beaujolais wines with some hidden gems that represent good values among other higher-priced selections. Be sure to hunt for the bargain nugget as well as see which large format wines are being poured by the glass.
1900 Broadway (opposite Lincoln Center)
This hole-in-the-wall wine bar specializes in unusal (no tortilla espanola) but tasty tapas and a good selection of Spanish wines (though hugely marked up over retail prices–ouch). Ask the bartender for his dramatic display of txacoli pouring–in his mouth! Come early to beat the crowds. Same owner as Bar Veloce next door.
172 Second Avenue
This subterranean bar offers one of the most innovative features at any wine bar in New York City: buy only a half bottle from the “market” list of over 100 selections (read my post about it here). Great selections and reasonably priced back vintages make this a top spot for wine geeks.
90 W. Houston
Molto Mario Batali learns to habla espanol at this Spanish themed wine bar/14-stool waiting room next door to his Casa Mono. Sadly, not much value vino.
125 E. 17th St.
A sliver of a wine bar in the mode of an Italian pit stop–complete with occasional appearances of the staff in Ferrari mechanic overalls.
Opened March 2000.
175 Second Ave
176 7th Avenue (between 20th and 21st)
121 St. Marks Place
New York, NY 10009