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If you could only go to one wine bar in NYC for the rest of your life, which one would it be and why?

Upvoted by Jose J Valverde and 20 others
kellie-norris

Kellie Norris

Manhattan

@kelsojeann

Current wine rep for Savio Soares Selections and bartender at Sweet Chick Ludlow. Past lives include The Modern, Craft and Raines Law Room.

Kellie Norris

Current wine rep for Savio Soares Selections and bartender at Sweet Chick Ludlow. Past lives include The Modern, Craft and Raines Law Room.

Answer found helpful by Julie Qiu and 19 others

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?

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johanna-shi

Ramen Hipster, I loved it before it was cool

Johanna Shi

I love places that offer specials like that...any bottle on the wine list? That's incredible!

Reply over 1 year ago

katie-diehl

Life is too short to skip dessert

Katie Diehl

I just moved to UWS and on the lookout for new spots, this looks sweet!

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Jose J Valverde and 11 others
28 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY
michael-landas

Michael Landas

New York City

Chef de Cuisine at Boilermaker

Michael Landas

Chef de Cuisine at Boilermaker

Answer found helpful by Pradeep Mishra and 21 others

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.

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sarah-bridawitz

Coffee addict and proud

Sarah Bridawitz

SO COOL! Talk about a hidden gem!

Reply about 1 year ago

matthew-norris

Restaurant Marketing / PR

Matthew Norris

Incredible. I love the "hidden gem" type spots. Will certainly be stopping by here.

Reply about 1 year ago

kerry-smith

Kerry Smith

New York

When life gives you limes, just add tequila

Kerry Smith

It's not often I come across places on here I haven't heard of, but this was a wonderful surprise!

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by Jose J Valverde and 11 others
ryan-byrd

Ryan Byrd

New York

https://www.instagram.com/crispybitsofawesome/

Culinary Director of Fleishers Craft Butchery

Ryan Byrd

Culinary Director of Fleishers Craft Butchery

Answer found helpful by Kevin Malouf and 17 others

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.

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Caroline Choy

Sounds really nice! Why do you say not on a day when you have anything to do, does it get really busy?

Reply about 1 year ago

ryan-byrd

Ryan Byrd

New York

https://www.instagram.com/crispybitsofawesome/

Culinary Director of Fleishers Craft Butchery

Ryan Byrd

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.

Reply about 1 year ago

kate-phillips

Foodie, Travel Lover, Deloitte Consultant

Kate Liou

So many great restaurants in this area, will definitely add this to my list of spots to check out down there! Thank you!

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by Jose J Valverde and 10 others
lacey-burke

Ruinart Brand Ambassador

Lacey Burke

Ruinart Brand Ambassador

Answer found helpful by Liam Wager and 17 others

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.

(drops mic)

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carly-liao

Queens native, freelance writer, food obsessed

Carly Liao

50% off champagne after 10 and during Sunday brunch? What?! I was already a fan of corkbuzz but this blows my mind

Reply about 1 year ago

victoria-justin

Line cook, just moved to NYC

Victoria Justin

Haha mic drop indeed! Best wine bar in NYC

Reply about 1 year ago

robert-friedman

Wine lover, world traveler

Robert Friedman

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.

Reply about 1 year ago

jeffrey-meisel

jeffrey meisel

San Francisco

velikows.tumblr.com

I am a wine and spirits industry executive & entrepreneur based in SF. Former Wine Director at Delfina in SF.

jeffrey meisel

I am a wine and spirits industry executive & entrepreneur based in SF. Former Wine Director at Delfina in SF.

Answer found helpful by Claire Hawthorne and 4 others

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.

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Upvoted by Jose J Valverde and 10 others
34 8th Ave, New York, NY
alec-steidl

Beverage Director, Strip House 12th Street

Alec Steidl

Beverage Director, Strip House 12th Street

Answer found helpful by Jeff Diebold and 17 others

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.

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Sam Rogers

This sounds like an ideal establishment!

Reply about 1 year ago

kerry-smith

Kerry Smith

New York

When life gives you limes, just add tequila

Kerry Smith

The wine list here is indeed incredible, couldn't have said it better myself :)

Reply about 1 year ago

dana-silverstein

Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!

Dana Silverstein

Haha I'd like to try the white that thinks it's a red!

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by Jose J Valverde and 7 others
erin-healy

Erin Healy

New York City

https://www.instagram.com/moresaltandlard/

Sommelier, Restaurant Marc Forgione

Erin Healy

Sommelier, Restaurant Marc Forgione

Answer found helpful by Shiloh Jackson and 15 others

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.

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lara-chang

Wish I could work as an ice cream tester for Ben & Jerry's

Lara Chang

I love this question, and so nice to read about what you love about this place!

Reply about 1 year ago

peter-abatelli

Not to be biased, but Italian food is the best

Peter Abatelli

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!

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by Morgan Perry and 5 others
42 Grove St, New York, NY
caroline-schiff

@pastryschiff Exec Pastry Chef @MaysvilleNYC & @Kentonsrestaurant New Orleans. Native New Yorker!

Caroline Schiff

@pastryschiff Exec Pastry Chef @MaysvilleNYC & @Kentonsrestaurant New Orleans. Native New Yorker!

Answer found helpful by Kaylee Simmons and 16 others

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!

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gerardo-rodriguez

NYC bartender & specialty cocktail creationist

Gerardo Rodriguez

I see this place pop up on RoundTable al ot...makes me want to go check it out! Liked your review!

Reply 11 months ago

kaylee-simmons

I'm on a seefood diet. I see food, and I eat it.

Kaylee Simmons

Your review was amazing...I loved it!

Reply 11 months ago

Upvoted by Jose J Valverde and 5 others
94 Chambers Street, New York, NY
santosh-varghese

Fine Wine Specialist | Marketing & PR Manager, Zachys Wine Auctions

Santosh Varghese

Fine Wine Specialist | Marketing & PR Manager, Zachys Wine Auctions

Answer found helpful by Tracy Shih and 16 others

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.

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Greg Duncan

Looks like a cool space, I've also heard excellent things about teh wine program here. Enjoyed your writeup, thank you!

Reply about 1 year ago

kelsey-ferro

Baker, Blogger, Dog-Lover

Kelsey Ferro

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!

Reply about 1 year ago

Samantha Butler

How are the values on their Loire and Burgundy wines? Or do you find the best deals to be from other regions?

Reply about 1 year ago

skyler-zeiger

I spend a disproportionate amount of my income of food

Skyler Zeiger

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.

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by Jose J Valverde and 5 others
amy-mitchell

Sommelier @ Italienne

Amy Mitchell

Sommelier @ Italienne

Answer found helpful by Kellie Norris and 16 others

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.

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Chyanti Mukherjee

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!

Reply about 1 year ago

Morgan Theriault

This sounds excellent! Also...I love The Peacock and Shakespeare! Just wanted to say that! :)

Reply about 1 year ago

gerardo-rodriguez

NYC bartender & specialty cocktail creationist

Gerardo Rodriguez

Added it to my happy hour list! Thanks for the info!

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by Jose J Valverde and 3 others
231 Court St, New York, NY
andrea-morris

Andrea Morris

New York City

beverage director at Nix

Andrea Morris

beverage director at Nix

Answer found helpful by Julie Farley and 16 others

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.

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ashley-belin

Cheap eats to fine dining and everything in between

Ashley Belin

Hooray! Finally some places in Brooklyn :) I loved this writeup thank you!

Reply 12 months ago

Morgan Theriault

Awesome review I loved it! And I was just reading about Nix, very excited to come try it out!

Reply 12 months ago

dana-silverstein

Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!

Dana Silverstein

Sounds like my kind of place! Very relaxed and welcoming.

Reply 12 months ago

Upvoted by Jose J Valverde and 3 others
kellie-norris

Kellie Norris

Manhattan

@kelsojeann

Current wine rep for Savio Soares Selections and bartender at Sweet Chick Ludlow. Past lives include The Modern, Craft and Raines Law Room.

Kellie Norris

Current wine rep for Savio Soares Selections and bartender at Sweet Chick Ludlow. Past lives include The Modern, Craft and Raines Law Room.

Answer found helpful by Neha Patel and 7 others

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.....

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Christina White

I hadn't really heard of this venue it sounds fantastic!

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by Jose J Valverde and 2 others
jose-valverde

Jose J Valverde

New York City

Sommelier at Toro NYC

Jose J Valverde

Sommelier at Toro NYC

Answer found helpful by Raven Smithson and 15 others

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!

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dana-silverstein

Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!

Dana Silverstein

This is hands down my favorite wine list in the city, and the food is underrated here as well. Great writeup about these guys!

Replies (1) 12 months ago

jose-valverde

Jose J Valverde

New York City

Sommelier at Toro NYC

Jose J Valverde

Thank you Dana!!!

12 months ago

julie-farley

Freelance food writer, editor

Julie Farley

I have wanted to go here for so long. You might have me convinced Jose! Thanks for sharing ths!

Replies (1) 12 months ago

jose-valverde

Jose J Valverde

New York City

Sommelier at Toro NYC

Jose J Valverde

Great! Try Rebelle too which is just as amazing!!!

12 months ago

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