16 top wine restaurants in New York City
New York is the epicenter of wine in the US, so be prepared to browse some serious wine lists as you dig into this guide to great wine restaurants. The core of the guide is the favorite restaurants of Arvid Rosengren, Best sommelier of the World in 2016, but we're continually adding new favorites to the guide.
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. You would think this is a list full of funky, challenging wines. And sure, there’s some of that, but also a treasure trove of things more classic and familiar. The cuisine here is F...
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) 941-3900
Address: 375 Greenwich Street, New York
Tribeca Grill is a restaurant in New York City. Tribeca Grill 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 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 Manhattan, 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 a mature Italian with the amazing roasted pork shank? (Full Disclosure: Pasquale Jones is part of the same group of restaurants as Legacy Records, but I have no financial stake in it)
Phone: (646) 892-3050
Address: 128 1st Avenue, New York
Noreetuh is a restaurant in Manhattan, 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. Lots of seafood. Pork. And yes, spam! It's different and delicious.
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. (Full Disclosure: Charlie Bird is also part of the Delicious Hospi...
Phone: (212) 777-2410
Address: 2 Lexington Avenue, New York
Maialino is a restaurant in Manhattan, New York City. Perhaps the restaurant I have frequented most since moving to the city. The food here is excellent, classic Italian. The space is comfortable and the staff disarming. Anyone will feel at home here.
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. Wine Director Cedric Nicaise 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.
Phone: (212) 333-1220
Address: 9 West 53rd Street, New York
The Modern is a restaurant in Manhattan, New York City. 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 Michaël Engelmann has built here. Michaël effortlessly finds room for all the classics you'd expect to find in a restaurant of this level, but also is not afraid to stick his 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,...
Phone: (212) 497-8090
Address: 85 10th Avenue, New York
Del Posto is a restaurant in Manhattan, New York City. A quintessential New York restaurant. Flawless Italian cooking in stunning environments.
Phone: (212) 375-9001
Address: 99 East 52nd Street, New York
The Grill is a restaurant in Manhattan, New York City. The Four Seasons restaurant in the Seagram Building was New York like nothing else. It was 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, ready to pounce. Fortunately, the end result is stunning. Full of the same spectacle you'll find at the group's downtown red-sauce Italian masterpiece Carbone, you'll feel lost in time (at least until the check drops)....
Phone: (212) 288-0033
Address: 60 East 65th Street, New York
Daniel is a restaurant in Manhattan, New York City. 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. Grab a Martini in 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: (212) 717-9798
Address: 1411 3rd Avenue, New York
Eli's Table is a restaurant in Manhattan, New York City. Although not as much of a hidden gem as it used to be, the wine list at Eli's Table is still full of great, mature wine at very fair prices, especially given the neighborhood.
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: (917) 966-5300
Address: 238 Malcolm X Boulevard, Brooklyn
L'Antagoniste is a restaurant in Brooklyn. Great French bistro in Bed-Stuy, you won’t be disappointed in the food here but the wine is the star of the show. Some amazing bottles, at (for NYC) amazing prices.
Address: 517 West 38th Street, New York
Legacy Records is a restaurant and bar in Manhattan, New York. It is the latest addition to the Delicious Hospitality Group that includes Pasquale Jones and Charlie Bird, and the wine program is directed by Arvid Rosengren, Best Sommelier in the World 2016 and also (transparency), a partner in Star Wine List. The wine list at Legacy Records carries a serious amount of Burgundy and other classical European regions, and quite a bit of it with mature vintages. But there is also a good selection of California wines.