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Executive Chef at Junoon
Owner Devil's Larder Bitters
To be honest, I am not a fan of byob's, I usually avoid them like the plague. Even my house isn't byob! The last thing I want to be doing is schlepping booze around town. And if you are with a few people then either they have to bring what they prefer or get stuck drinking whatever the people who actually remembered that you're going to a byob brought. But, with Lucali's it kinda works out to your benefit. It's usually a stupid long wait and it's alright brown baggin it outside watchin' the characters goof off. The challenge is not to drink everything while you wait. Lucali's itself is pretty kitschy, old world vibe but the pizza is fantastic. Definitely worth a go.
Brooklynite, freelance journalist/photographer
I'm almost embarrassed I haven't been to Lucali having lived out in BK for the past 3 years. It sounds like my kinda place (minus the long line).
over 1 year ago
Haha thank you for the tip!
Executive Chef at Junoon
Owner Devil's Larder Bitters
Hey you're welcome!
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Beverage Manager at Aquavit
This is a small, always packed French bistro in the West Village that is cash only and has no corkage fee! The food is good -- it won’t change your life, but you will leave happy and satisfied. The wine service is self-service, so don’t expect the staff to open and pour your wine. Beware, they don't take reservations and you have to wait in a queue to get a table; no giving your name and taking a walk around the neighborhood. Don’t worry though, the line moves quickly and the people waiting with you are usually friendly and chatty. The inside is a bit small and tight, but outdoor seating is available during the warmer, more comfortable months. The staff is surprisingly friendly for how busy they are. If you want to drink a particular bottle or just want to spend a reasonable amount on wine and food, you will be delighted by this charming bistro.
Private chef, specialize in latin american cuisine
One of my favorite spots to go before/after the highline...being able to bring along a bottle of bubbly makes this a great inexpensive option!
Seems like a nice balanced view of the restaurant, really helpful
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Manager, The Clocktower
A well-loved haunt for wine-loving Industry-folk, Peking Duck House has all the pancake-wrapped, hoisin-drenched fowl you could ever want; carved tableside with all the fixin's. Plus, as many bottles (and people) you can manage to fit on/around your table (sans corkage!). Great for indulgent lunches, and especially beverage-laden birthdays. Pro tip: BYO-Glassware.
This is a perfect, succinct description of my favorite BYOB of them all. I'm imagining that hoisin sauce now, so delicious!
Dessert before dinner!
This is a popular industry spot? I've been taking friends here as long as I can remember, didn't realize it was as popular among wine-lovers as well!
I haven't been in here so long I almost forgot about it! The duck is incredible and so many great appetizers as well. Can't beat walking out of here spending only $25!
Ruinart Brand Ambassador
This charming, blink-and-you'll-miss-it, underrated pizza spot not only has fantastic pies (the oven is DOP certified by the Italian govt), but they also boast one of the best Italian wine lists in the country. Seriously. The owner loves wine so much that despite having an epic list, he invites people to BOYB free of charge every Monday night!!
Wish I could work as an ice cream tester for Ben & Jerry's
I love reading stories like this, makes you appreciate the restaurant that much more :)
Passionate about Latin American cuisine
So cool! Place wasn't really on my radar but it sounds like something I'd love!
Pastry chef at Craft, Craftbar
$7 a bottle. Dim Sum is a perfect way to sip through a Sunday. There's usually a long wait to get in but once you do they don't rush you. If you're lucky try to get a seat near the kitchen.
Sommelier at Aldo Sohm Wine Bar
Located just a block and a half from the Grove Street PATH station, Broa offers a well-prepared selection of Portuguese small plates and large salads. The restaurant fills up quickly when the weather is good and they open the french doors to a small patio out front (call ahead to make a reservation). The restaurant has a relaxed and welcoming feel. The kitchen can get a little overwhelmed at times but as long as you bring a bottle or two of something good to pass the time you will be rewarded. Prices are also very gentle. There is a good bottle shop (CoolVines) two blocks away if you need to grab something on the way.
Mother first, chef second
My friend just moved to Jersey City she will absolutely love this. I just sent it along to her, thanks for sharing!
Right in my hood. I will be sure to check these guys out!
Any time's a good time for a margarita
Very cool! Do you recommend any types of wine in particular that go well with the cuisine here?
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