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Sommelier, Eleven Madison Park
One of the greatest wine bars in New York, with an ex-Eleven Madison Park somm and chef running the show. Delicious cheeses and meats, along with small dishes like buffalo chicken rillettes and radishes with brown butter. Comfortable, lovely, calm, and fun. Hard things to come by after midnight.
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Sommelier at Colicchio and Sons.
Aldo Sohm Wine Bar does a great job of combining NYC-chic (see: Zalto stemware!) and casual comfort (see: the couches!) into a neat little package. Being in a part of town I don't frequent often, it's always a treat to go there on the rare instance I find myself in Midtown. Acting as both a stand-alone wine bar, as well as a pre/post-dinner lounge for Le Bernadin (where Aldo Sohm is also wine director), the place succeeds in both endeavors. Small and intimate, it makes a great date spot, but a perpetually fun and lively atmosphere makes it a no-brainer of a place to decompress after a long week, too. The wine list is expertly curated and, with over 25 glass pour options, there is always something for everyone. The staff is very knowledgable about the products they offer, and they are an unpretentious resource for anyone who might need a recommendation. Whether you're a wine professional, a wine bar enthusiast, or just looking for a place to enjoy a quick drink, you'd be doing yourself a favor by stopping here.
You did them justice! An incredible space with a fantastic wine list.
11 months ago
NYC bartender & specialty cocktail creationist
Have wanted to go here for a long time. Loved your review for it
When life gives you limes, just add tequila
Really enjoyed this...awesome!
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.
I've visited the union square location many times. The bone marrow with toast points was killer. You also can't beat 1/2 price bubbles after 10.
Sommelier, Restaurant Marc Forgione
I'm loving red wines from the Jura lately, that are generally light, rustic, and funky. Try poulsard or trousseau (the French version of bastardo) from a range of producers at the Ten Bells, where Severine has put together an incredible selection of diverse and unique wines with an emphasis on natural wine making (which means less of a headache in the AM!).
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.
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.
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.
Beverage Director, Strip House 12th Street
These guys make sure to always have fun and interesting wines on their ever-changing list. The prices are super reasonable, the food is delicious and if you aren't in the mood for wine they have a great bar and beer selection as well.
The wine selection also isn't limited to just one place, the selection is universal and you will rarely find the regular suspects on the list.
Sommelier at Marta
The Four Horsemen is the go-to wine bar for any Williamsburg-based wine professional on his or her night off, and it's a rare occasion not to bump into at least one other acquaintance during an evening there. Owned by James Murphy, formerly of LCD Soundsystem, the vibe is casual and inviting, with a subtley cool edge, and the soundtrack is (unsurprisingly) on point. Four Horsemen specializes in natural wines, but the wine list isn't filled with a million versions of the same generic funk - there's a solid range of well-priced selections from around the world, a high proportion of them $60 and under. The servers and bartenders - if you can manage to snag a coveted bar stool - are knowledgeable and are able to ride that fine line of educating without snobbery for wine newbs, but willing to engage in a lengthy discussion about best producers in the Rheingau, if that's your thing. It's a great place to share a few beautifully plated, but unpretentious, small plates as well. Drag all of your Manhattan-based coworkers out at least once - it's more than worth the L train ride.
Wine Director at Eleven Madison Park
Although not a wine bar I thought I add a new dimension the this question. Pearl and Ash (not sure they are technically a wine bar) and Compagnie du vin Surnaturels are two of best traditional type wine bars, and the rest on this list are also great. But in terms of finding the best wines, and a great although maybe a little quieter setting to drink them in, I love going to the great restaurants in NYC. Daniel is listed here since that would be my first choice, but don't rule out Del Posto, or even Eleven Madison Park (shameless self promotion). There are others I'm sure but those are the ones that come to mind. All have huge lists, varying price points, knowledgeable sommeliers and great food, also they have bars, which I guess qualifies them for this list. There are very few restaurants left that have put together huge lists, and seeking them out can be really fun and open up great new wines that you may not get anywhere else. I'll admit these may not be the best places to go to with 15 of your friends, but a group of 4 or 5, you might be surprised at the experience.
Restaurant Consultant, former Sommelier at Le Bernardin
The greatest part about living in New York is discovering quaint amazing new restaurants and bars and this find is my most recent favorite! Ruffian is a cozy wine bar in the east village that you could easily walk past without noticing. But don't! They have a small but diverse (mostly natural) wine list, fun wine by the glass selection and inventive and flavorful tapas style dishes. It's a great place to have a glass solo, or share a few bottles with some friends.
Patrick, Josh and crew have brought their experience from Danny Meyer's Tabla and are doing it well. Happy to have Ruffian in my neighborhood!
I just heard about this place it sounds pheneomenal! I really liked your description of it! Awesome.
11 months ago
Let me know what you think after you stop by!
11 months ago
I'm on a seefood diet. I see food, and I eat it.
My friend and I stopped by here after reading your rec for it, it was very lovely!
Hi Kaylee, I'm happy you enjoyed it!
Any time's a good time for a margarita
Fantastic! Loved your review!
It has over 20 Spanish wines by the glass and 250 Spanish wine bottle selection with older R. López de Heredia, Faustino I Gran Reserva and Muga Prado Enea wines. They also have a Spanish Gin and Tonic program just like in Madrid. It's the closest Spanish wine bar to Spain on this side of the Pond.
The Ten Bells
8th Street Winecellar
La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
Ardesia Wine Bar
Corkbuzz Restaurant & Wine Bar
Aldo Sohm Wine Bar
La Fonda Del Sol
The Four Horsemen
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