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Current wine rep for Savio Soares Selections and bartender at Sweet Chick Ludlow. Past lives include The Modern, Craft and Raines Law Room.
This is a tough one. There are so many great wine bars in New York! However, I've been a regular here since it opened and it has never let me down. The staff is wine savvy and friendly, the wine list is easy to navigate and full of valuable information. The food is consistently good. (Although I do miss their chicken liver mousse) They also have a great happy hour and a live jazz band on Tuesday nights. On Wednesday nights any bottle on the list can be poured by the glass as long as you commit to two glasses! Come to think of it, it is Wednesday! Anyone care to join me?
Ramen Hipster, I loved it before it was cool
I love places that offer specials like that...any bottle on the wine list? That's incredible!
over 1 year ago
Life is too short to skip dessert
I just moved to UWS and on the lookout for new spots, this looks sweet!
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Chef de Cuisine at Boilermaker
This is my little getaway (now that you've read this post let's call it ours) to relax, unwind, and destress.
Hidden in what used to be an alleyway between two buildings- you must see it to really believe me- this little gem seats maybe 25 people. The wine selection is strictly Italian and includes quite a few lesser known varieties. I was excited when I saw Gavi di Gavi on the menu, a fragrant white that I haven't seen since I worked at an Italian restaurant nearly a decade ago. Their core selection remains steady, but they are not shy about rotating a few reds and whites based on season and availability.
Their food menu, while small, is designed to pair nicely with the available wines. There are items for everyone and their current mood, whether you feel romantic (seafood crudos, scallops, and some of the sweetest oysters I've had anywhere in NYC), or are actually hungry ( mortadella, speck and other salumi, various cheeses and insalatas). Try the roasted mushrooms with sea salt and truffle oil, paired with a Barolo. Let me know what you think.
Don't go alone. Bring a few friends and have a chuckle that you're enjoying great wine and eats in an alley.
Coffee addict and proud
SO COOL! Talk about a hidden gem!
Restaurant Marketing / PR
Incredible. I love the "hidden gem" type spots. Will certainly be stopping by here.
When life gives you limes, just add tequila
It's not often I come across places on here I haven't heard of, but this was a wonderful surprise!
Culinary Director of Fleishers Craft Butchery
Great open space in the summertime, and just the right ambiance in the colder months. Great small plates and seemingly endless happy hour with cheap carafes of wine. Go here, but not on a day where you have anything to do.
Sounds really nice! Why do you say not on a day when you have anything to do, does it get really busy?
No actually, i simply said that because we i go i tend to not do anything else the rest of the day. My how time flys when you are drinking several carafes of wine and eating oysters on a sunday afternoon.
Foodie, Travel Lover, Deloitte Consultant
So many great restaurants in this area, will definitely add this to my list of spots to check out down there! Thank you!
Ruinart Brand Ambassador
Perfectly paired bites, interesting and classic selections, and rogue cocktails for when wine isn't doing the trick. This is hands down the best wine bar in the city, if only for the simple reason that they offer bottles of Champagne at 50% off EVERY NIGHT after 10 pm and on Sunday Brunch.
Queens native, freelance writer, food obsessed
50% off champagne after 10 and during Sunday brunch? What?! I was already a fan of corkbuzz but this blows my mind
Line cook, just moved to NYC
Haha mic drop indeed! Best wine bar in NYC
Wine lover, world traveler
I was wondering why Corkbuzz wasn't on the list when I read this a week ago, glad to see it's on. Their wine education classes are also top notch.
I am a wine and spirits industry executive & entrepreneur based in SF. Former Wine Director at Delfina in SF.
Lacey is spot on. Corkbuzz is the best. Whenever I am in NYC, I make a (long) visit to Corkbuzz. In addition to a fantastic wine program, the people here offer impeccable service that is informed, intelligent, relaxed and without any pretension.
Beverage Director, Strip House 12th Street
The ultimate wine geek wine bar. They have every possible wine style available. Want something straightforward? Thy have that. Want something organic and bio? They have that. Want to try a white wine that thinks it's a red? They have that. Want half priced magnums? They do that on occasion too. Great and simple food, full bar if you like and great beers as well.
This sounds like an ideal establishment!
The wine list here is indeed incredible, couldn't have said it better myself :)
Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!
Haha I'd like to try the white that thinks it's a red!
Sommelier, Restaurant Marc Forgione
I've used this spot in other answers, but it's such a great getaway for industry in the tribeca neighborhood that I couldn't resist. The rock and roll, don't give a f**! take on what a wine bar should be is exactly why we all love Paul, backed by good snacks, an endless winelist, and top notch service. The new spirits program satisfies my relatively frequent desire for a great Amaro to finish, and late night hours make it accessible for the industry professional on most nights of the week. Finally, the chicken is a certifiably addictive substance.
Wish I could work as an ice cream tester for Ben & Jerry's
I love this question, and so nice to read about what you love about this place!
Not to be biased, but Italian food is the best
This detail alone sold me on the concept.... "The rock and roll, don't give a f**! take on what a wine bar should be". Love it!
@pastryschiff Exec Pastry Chef @MaysvilleNYC & @Kentonsrestaurant New Orleans. Native New Yorker!
Buvette by Chef Jody Williams in the West Village will always have my heart. If I could only drink red wine there and eat their croque forestier for the rest of my life, I'd die happy. Mustard and extra cornichons on the side, please! It's a cozy, warm bar that you can tuck yourself into and get lost for hours. The wine list comes to you in a playful, passport sized booklet, organized by country and region. Hand sketched maps show you regions of France and Italy to help guide your choices and selections are available by the glass, carafe or bottle. The welcoming bartenders always have great recommendations too. It's a wonderful, unpretentious spot to taste and and enjoy!
NYC bartender & specialty cocktail creationist
I see this place pop up on RoundTable al ot...makes me want to go check it out! Liked your review!
about 1 year ago
I'm on a seefood diet. I see food, and I eat it.
Your review was amazing...I loved it!
Fine Wine Specialist | Marketing & PR Manager, Zachys Wine Auctions
This is an excellent choice if you are downtown. Arnaud Tronche has developed a thoughtful and diverse wine list which has gems from the Loire and Burgundy (amongst many of the region.) If you take your time reading through the list, there are excellent deals to be had! The space is also quite inviting and comforting! Highly recommend it to any oenophiles.
Looks like a cool space, I've also heard excellent things about teh wine program here. Enjoyed your writeup, thank you!
Baker, Blogger, Dog-Lover
This is a list I keep regularly, where to get great bottles of wine for reasonable prices. I'll be sure to pay Racines a visit!
How are the values on their Loire and Burgundy wines? Or do you find the best deals to be from other regions?
I spend a disproportionate amount of my income of food
Any favorite bites you like to enjoy here with a bottle of wine? I live not too far away so this sounds like it'd be right in my wheel house.
Sommelier @ Italienne
Located in Hell's Kitchen between 10th and 11th Ave. and definitely worth the trip. To start, they have an amazing wines by the glass list with prices that offer value to their guests. The food is delicious and well prepared (I am partial to the Quail Egg Toast and NY Style Pretzel). Happy Hour M-F isn't a bad reason to go either. They host fun events like Wine Social on Saturdays and Cassoulet Night. I could go on, but I highly recommend you seeing for yourself.
I love going to Hell's Kitchen for Thai so I will stop by to check this out -- love the sound of Wine Social saturdays!
This sounds excellent! Also...I love The Peacock and Shakespeare! Just wanted to say that! :)
Added it to my happy hour list! Thanks for the info!
beverage director at Nix
June has everything I look for in a wine bar- a great mix of bottles I love and bottles I've never heard of, sexy lighting, enthusiastic staff and close proximity to my apartment (what can I say, I'm lazy). Plus the food is really delicious!
It's perfect for nights off when I've spent all week helping others decide on what to drink and eat. Bring a person you like here, and just sit back and trust whatever the bartenders recommend and enjoy the night. It's immensely satisfying.
Cheap eats to fine dining and everything in between
Hooray! Finally some places in Brooklyn :) I loved this writeup thank you!
Awesome review I loved it! And I was just reading about Nix, very excited to come try it out!
Sounds like my kind of place! Very relaxed and welcoming.
Okay okay, I know I already answered this question. However, this place ONLY serves wines from New York, so I feel like it's a fair answer. It triples as a store/tasting room/art gallery. They have a bonkers happy hour (2 for 1 on all BOE wines till 7) The staff is super friendly and savvy. (T.J. is my personal favorite) They have a real female centric dynamic going which I love. They also have a great collection of New York spirits and a pretty great charcuterie program. It's a great place to drink while educating yourself. Hey, it's how I learn best.
P.S. Friday night is Oyster night, a buck a shuck from 6 pm on.....
I hadn't really heard of this venue it sounds fantastic!
Jose J Valverde
Sommelier at Toro NYC
My expectations immediately skyrocketed when I thought of a single establishment that could appease my unending wine interest. It is a challenging task to give my undivided attention to only one wine program. One exciting place came to mind: Pearl & Ash!
Wine Director extraordinaire, Patrick Cappiello, has created an award-winning wine list at Pearl & Ash that can make anyone salivate. From classic Burgundian producers such as Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, and prestigious Italian estates such a Gaja, to known American winemakers such as Opus One and Caymus and then everything in between, this list takes you on a stimulating trip around the world. The by-the-glass offerings change daily but the selection is always superb. They also offer an oyster and wine happy hour with a 15% discount on all bottles of wine at the bar.
This list features over 2,500 selections, with 150 options under $50 and 700 under $100, with hand-crafted wines that often come from small producers that in many cases practice organic farming methods. As Patrick states: “We are committed to prices with extremely low markups. We want to share our love of wine with others and make it accessible to everyone’s budget.”
Do yourself a favor and please stop by Pearl & Ash so you can personally experience the beauty of their wine list and service!
This is hands down my favorite wine list in the city, and the food is underrated here as well. Great writeup about these guys!
about 1 year ago
Jose J Valverde
Thank you Dana!!!
about 1 year ago
Freelance food writer, editor
I have wanted to go here for so long. You might have me convinced Jose! Thanks for sharing ths!
Great! Try Rebelle too which is just as amazing!!!
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