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What are great BYOB or low corkage fee restaurants around NYC?

Upvoted by Zach Barakat and 12 others
575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY
steven-hubbell

Executive Chef at Junoon Owner Devil's Larder Bitters

Steven Hubbell

Executive Chef at Junoon Owner Devil's Larder Bitters

Answer found helpful by Patricia Dennis and 29 others

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.

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jeremy-peterson

Brooklynite, freelance journalist/photographer

Jeremy Peterson

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).

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Lauren Gold

Haha thank you for the tip!

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steven-hubbell

Executive Chef at Junoon Owner Devil's Larder Bitters

Steven Hubbell

Hey you're welcome!

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Sarah Young and 9 others
253 West 11th Street, New York, NY
sarah-blau

Beverage Manager at Aquavit

Sarah Blau

Beverage Manager at Aquavit

Answer found helpful by Mary Krug and 18 others

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.

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marc-ramos

Private chef, specialize in latin american cuisine

Marc Ramos

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!

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Greg Duncan

Seems like a nice balanced view of the restaurant, really helpful

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Upvoted by Carly Liao and 9 others
bryn-hagman

Bryn Hagman

New York City

Manager, The Clocktower

Bryn Hagman

Manager, The Clocktower

Answer found helpful by Kellie Norris and 19 others

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.

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Jason Yang

This is a perfect, succinct description of my favorite BYOB of them all. I'm imagining that hoisin sauce now, so delicious!

Reply over 1 year ago

sue-kim

Sue Kim

New York

Dessert before dinner!

Sue Kim

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!

Reply over 1 year ago

Samantha Butler

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!

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Upvoted by Julie Farley and 4 others
lacey-burke

Ruinart Brand Ambassador

Lacey Burke

Ruinart Brand Ambassador

Answer found helpful by Marie Florian and 15 others

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!!

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lara-chang

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

Lara Chang

I love reading stories like this, makes you appreciate the restaurant that much more :)

Reply about 1 year ago

maia-carey

Passionate about Latin American cuisine

Maia Carey

So cool! Place wasn't really on my radar but it sounds like something I'd love!

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by Dani Hannah and 3 others
abby-swain

Pastry chef at Craft, Craftbar

Abby Swain

Pastry chef at Craft, Craftbar

Answer found helpful by Tiffany Underwood and 7 others

$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.

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Upvoted by Julie Farley and 3 others
297 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ
anthony-jones

Anthony Jones

New York City

Sommelier at Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

Anthony Jones

Sommelier at Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

Answer found helpful by Kellie Norris and 14 others

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.

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kristin-cardoza

Mother first, chef second

Kristin Cardoza

My friend just moved to Jersey City she will absolutely love this. I just sent it along to her, thanks for sharing!

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Jacob Fenster

Right in my hood. I will be sure to check these guys out!

Reply about 1 year ago

anita-malhotra

Any time's a good time for a margarita

Anita Malhotra

Very cool! Do you recommend any types of wine in particular that go well with the cuisine here?

Reply about 1 year ago

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