8 great wine bars in New York
In the city that never sleeps you have a serious selection of wine bars - ranging from the natural wine avant garde to the old school classics. Here is our guide to the great wine bars of New York - cheers and enjoy!
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. You need to seek refuge and perhaps a quick bite. Where to go? 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) 517-1932
Address: 70 Pine Street, New York
Crown Shy opened in the financial district early 2019 and is a partnership between the chef James Kent, formerly at NoMad, and Jeff Katz, managing partner at Del Posto. The building is a 67-stories beauty from 1932 that recently was converted into apartments and hotel rooms, with Crown Shy at the ground floor. The venue is expansive and beautiful, and the food has earned good reviews, but we would like to point out the wine selection (see below). The place is busy and appreciated by financial types and wine lovers alike. (The name? It refers to tall trees, and yes, you can guess the address o...
Phone: (718) 254-0327
Address: 465 Court Street, Brooklyn
Homey and warm spot to drop in for. The food menu is focused on small, sharable plates but very tasty as is to be expected from the chefs behind the spots that line this block, including Frankie's 457 Spuntino and the brand new F&F Pizzeria which is sandwiched between the two more serious spots, which despite (or perhaps because of) its barebones feel serves one of the best slices anywhere.
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, this is just known as La Compagnie and it is perhaps the best wine bar in downtown Manhattan. Ex-Eleven Madison Park sommelier Caleb Ganzer 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) 227-3400
Address: 94 Chambers Street, New York
Racines is a restaurant and wine bar in Manhattan, New York City. This downtown staple has since long outpaced its Parisian counterpart, and presents one of the city’s best wine lists, when it comes to scope, creativity and value. Headed by the self-taught Arnaud Tronche and since a year or so star sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier, who is most known for championing natural wines and Chenin Blanc from her native Loire.
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, of 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.
Phone: (718) 599-4900
Address: 295 Grand Street, Brooklyn
The Four Horsemen is a wine bar and restaurant in Brooklyn, New York. Williamsburg wine bar and restaurant with 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 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 frontman James Murphy is one of the owners). Portrait by Damien Lafargue.
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).