Cote Wine List
Cote has been self-described as a Korean Steakhouse, but it feels like so much more. For $65 you can opt for the butcher’s feast, which incorporates four selected cuts of A5 beef and a slew of accompanying sides. While the steak Omakase isn’t cheap at $185 a person, it’s one of the best dinners you can have in New York. During covid lockdown I ate quite a bit of take out, and trust me, the food travels well too.
The wine list at Cote is what initially drew me in, which makes sense if you look at the folks who run it. They love large format wine, and you should definitely book a large party and try to take advantage of that portion of the menu.
The wine list leans heavily on French wine, but make sure not to skip out on the rosé section. After dinner, jump downstairs from some excellent cocktails at Under Cote.
Although Cote is not a white-table-cloth kind of fancy that requires you to put a suit and tie on (on the contrary, if you want people to approvingly glance at your $200 t-shirt, this is the place), it’s definitely a place to celebrate, cheer, stare at beautiful people and salivate over extravagant cuts of beef. Cote takes the Korean steakhouse to the next level.
In an era where restaurants take themselves and their storytelling perhaps a little bit too seriously, Cote is a welcome breath of fresh air. This is a place to have fun, without having to sacrifice quality of any of a dining experience's components. The ambiance is dark and sexy, the volume is loud and the soundtrack clubby. They know how to attract a crowd of beautiful people. Miraculously, they pull this off without being obnoxious at all. Instead, the staff is professional and downright warm.
Although there's plenty of flashy bottles (look at all the magnums) here to satisfy the big groups indulging on juicy steaks, the list also presents a a whole bunch of fun, mature options at very decent prices. The Rhône valley is a standout for reds (a very respectable vertical of Theirry Allemand's Cornas soon to be history I would imagine), but there's something eyecatching on every page here. It is also not a surprise to see a really well thought out rosé listing here, as Victoria James is one of the most prolific advocates of drinking quality rosé, (she even wrote a book on the subject!).
1 Michelin Star
Victoria JamesPartner, Beverage director