Arvid Rosengren’s top 17 wine places in New York
Arvid Rosengren won the 2016 ASI Best Sommelier of the World. This is Arvid's guide to his favorite wine bars and restaurants in New York - enjoy!
Phone: (212) 343-3660
Address: 249 Centre Street, New York
La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels is a wine bar in New York City. Unpronounceable to most New Yorkers, it’s just known as “Compagnie” and it is perhaps the best wine bar in downtown Manhattan. The staff is heavily made up of former fine dining employees and has amassed a list full of gems from all over the world. La Compagnie is a place where industry folk tend to end up after finishing their shifts. Chances are that you'll gain a friend or two if you sit at the bar, not to mention share a bottle or two.
Phone: (212) 219-2777
Address: 239 West Broadway, New York
Bâtard is a restaurant in Manhattan, New York City. Another downtown classic from Drew Nieporent (along with Tribeca Grill), Bâtard is a fancier stop, but the wine list is full of treasures, often at a very good value. Burgundy is a specialty.
Phone: (212) 625-9463
Address: 24 Harrison Street, New York
Terroir Tribeca is a wine bar in New York City. Made famous by Paul Grieco's amazingly designed and detailed wine lists, this Wine Bar of wine bars continue to excel, always offering troves of interesting wines at good prices. Don't go here on dates though as you'll want to spend some time with your nose in the list (and glass).
Phone: (212) 941-3900
Address: 375 Greenwich Street, New York
Tribeca Grill is a restaurant in New York City. This New York staple has been around for decades, but with the new executive chef Brenton Lee you can expect new waves from the kitchen. The wine list has always been rock solid at Tribeca Grill. It is broad, international, and excels in the Rhône and Germany selections. Go there for lunch and indulge in a fantastic mature bottle or two.
Address: 187 Mulberry Street, New York
Pasquale Jones is a restaurant in New York City. Commonly called "PJ", a large part of the footprint of this little gem of a restaurant is taken up by the two huge wood-burning ovens. Pizza is naturally a prominent part of the menu, and I dare say you can't drink better wine with pizza anywhere. Drink some white Burgundy with the instant classic “Little Neck clam pie”, and some mature Italian with the amazing roasted pork shank. There is a weekly wine list, but there is a much more extensive list if you ask the wine team. (Pasquale Jones is part of the Delicious Hospitality Group where Sta...
Phone: (646) 892-3050
Address: 128 1st Avenue, New York
Noreetuh is a restaurant in New York City. This is an East Village-restaurant I recommend to anyone who visits New York and wants a unique gastronomical experience. The chef-sommelier duo both hail from Hawaii and like no one else in NYC, champion a cuisine that for most, is underexplored. Expect: rice, fermented stuff, seafood, pork, and yes, spam! It's different and delicious. The wine list isn't huge, but there are plenty of great bottles, at great prices, especially when it comes to Riesling and Burgundy - just what you want with this kind of food.
Phone: (212) 235-7133
Address: 5 King Street, New York
Charlie Bird is a restaurant in Manhattan, New York City. The vibe at Charlie Bird is hard to describe at first. Yet it is a restaurant that more and more people try to emulate. It's an awkward elongated space, it can be loud and the "ambiance" of the busy 6th Avenue outside the windows certainly isn't serene. Yet, Charlie Bird is about comfort. About taking all the pretention out of dining. It's a place you can show up to in a t-shirt, jeans and sneakers, eat an unfussy, well-cooked meal and drink world-class wine. The wine list is short and heavily slanted towards the classics of Europe...
Phone: (212) 889-0905
Address: 11 Madison Avenue, New York
Eleven Madison Park is a restaurant in Manhattan, New York City. A temple of gastronomy and for many, a must visit. The wine list is similarly impressive and expansive. The team has built what can only be described as a dream list. Not cheap, but then again, if you've secured a reservation at one of the world's most praised restaurants, skimping probably isn't your number one concern. The wine list at Eleven Madison Park stretches to more 200 pages and apart from California, it is mostly focused on Europe. Interestingly, Corsica has earned its own section.
Phone: (212) 333-1220
Address: 9 West 53rd Street, New York
If I had to pick only one "best wine list" in the city, this might be it. Out of all the restaurants on the fancier side of the New York spectrum, no wine list is as aptly modern and open-minded as the one at The Modern. They have found room for all the classics you'd expect to find in a restaurant of this level, but also are not afraid to stick their neck out and champion the great wines of places like South Africa and Australia. This may not seem like a revolutionary thing, but in Europhile New York, it's rare, especially at this level. On top of that, you're usually going to be paying less...
Phone: +1 212 554-1143
Address: 151 West 51st Street, New York
For some reason, you find yourself in Midtown. Maybe you messed up and were convinced you had to see Times Square. Maybe you've got tickets to a Broadway show and you need to seek refuge and perhaps a quick bite. Where do you go, you ask? No place better than Aldo Sohm's Wine Bar. Don't let the tastevin-wearing sommeliers scare you. Sit down, order a glass from any of the plethora of bottles that are open on any given night, eat some hearty small bites and hide from the madness that is the outside world.
Phone: (212) 375-9001
Address: 99 East 52nd Street, New York
The Four Seasons restaurant in the Seagram Building was as “New York” as you can get. It was about: politicians, celebrities, cocaine-fueled power lunches, glitz and glamour. When it closed and the guys from Major Food Group took it over, to open not one, but three restaurants in the space, the New York dining scene was on their toes and ready to pounce. Fortunately, the result was stunning. Full of the same spectacle you'll find at the group's red-sauce Italian masterpiece Carbone, you'll feel lost in time (at least until the check drops). Of the three restaurants, The Grill is the most acce...
Phone: (212) 288-0033
Address: 60 East 65th Street, New York
Even though Daniel Boulud's classic French cooking may have fallen from grace in the eyes of some critics, this still is one of the temples of food and wine you must visit in the city. Dress up, come early and grab a Martini at the bar. Study the tome that is the wine list while waiting for your company. Marvel at the effortless skill and elegance of the service team. You're going to eat and drink extraordinarily well and dream of simpler times.
Phone: (718) 599-4900
Address: 295 Grand Street, Brooklyn
The Four Horsemen is a wine bar and restaurant in Brooklyn, New York. This Williamsburg wine bar and restaurant has an outspoken focus on natural wine. I imagine this either sounds like your dream or a true nightmare. The truth is a little more grey. The fact of the matter is that the wine list at Four Horsemen is far more nuanced, and is full of delicious wine without flaws. The food way overperforms too, and the soundtrack is always on point (as is to be expected, LCD Soundsystem front man James Murphy is one of the owners).
Phone: (917) 966-5300
Address: 238 Malcolm X Boulevard, Brooklyn
L'Antagoniste is a Great French bistro in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. You won’t be disappointed with the food here, but the wine is the star of the show. Some amazing bottles, at (for New York City) amazing prices.
Phone: (718) 222-1901
Address: 127 Columbia Street, Brooklyn
Popina is a casual and friendly spot on the waterfront in Brooklyn with terrific Italian-leaning food from Maialino alumns. Although small, the menu is thoughtful, seasonal and fresh. Pasta is a standout. Go in the summer for the added benefit of their cozy backyard. The wine list is one we see all too rarely in NYC - short, but full of gems that should make your mouth water with enough eclectic choices sprinkled in that should spark your curiosity. You'll find real classics and funky, esoteric bottles side by side. In short, a great place to drink.
Phone: (718) 254-0327
Address: 465 Court Street, Brooklyn
An extremely homey and warm neighborhood spot. The food menu is focused on small, sharable plates that are very tasty, as is to be expected from the chefs behind the spots that line this block. Their other restaurants include: Frankie's 457 Spuntino and the brand-new F&F Pizzeria, which despite how bare bones it looks, serves one of the best slices anywhere. Long time Wine Director, John Burns Paterson IV (“JBP” to anyone who knows him) has amassed a truly impressive list, with pages of wines that will make your mouth water. European classics and a very respectable list of amazing West Coast...
Phone: (917) 966-6094
Address: 329 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn
A welcome addition to a neighborhood that's rapidly becoming a drinking destination. Perhaps most publicized for being home to one of the city's best burgers (no small feat), this restaurant by Billy Durney, from perennial favorite Hometown Bar-B-Que. Much of the clientele seem to enjoy beer or cocktails, so perhaps the wine flies under the radar a bit. All the better for us drinkers! This is a casual destination, even if it can be hard to snag a seat due to its popularity. Red Hook Tavern features a really great mid-sized wine list, filled with some amazing value picks and real rarities hidi...