Best Wine Connoisseurs in NYC

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants for wine connoisseurs in NYC. 

Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca
Italian · Greenwich Village · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.5

“Still a bastion of fine Italian dining” , this Village “star” in the Batali-Bastianich firmament continues to “impress” with “phenomenal” pastas and other “exceptional” dishes delivered by a “polished” team in “warm” (if “boisterous” ) carriage house digs; yes, it’s “a pain to get a table” and tabs run “high” , but to most the “always-spot-on” experience is “well worth it.”
European · TriBeCa · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.4

“Choose your own adventure” at Drew Nieporent’s “refined” TriBeCa “experience” , where “praiseworthy” European-influenced New American fare comes in a “whimsical” , customizable tasting menu format, matched with an “off-the-hook” , “mostly French” wine list; factor in “gracious” service, and fans say the “high-end” tab is almost “reasonable” “considering the quality.”
Charlie Bird
Italian · SoHo · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

The “scene buzzes” at this SoHo “destination” for “thinsters glamming it up” over “spot-on” American fare with Italian “twists” and an “incredible” wine list; flaunting “hip-hop inspiration” with boom-box prints and “loud beats in the background” , it’s both “accomplished” and “too cool for school.”
French · East 60s · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.8

A “wow every time” , Daniel Boulud’s “luxurious” UES “icon” “sweeps you into another world” with “masterly” New French fare and a “rarefied atmosphere” defined by “magnificent” decor, “VIP” service and a “dressed-up” clientele (jackets are required); granted, the prix fixe–only tabs are “Himalayan” , but “you’ll understand why” – and the bar provides the “same stellar” quality à la carte.
Eleven Madison Park
Flatiron · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.8

“Brilliant as ever” , Daniel Humm’s New American “knockout” on Madison Square Park is “a total indulgence” where a “spectacular” tasting menu with pairings from a “massive” wine list provides a “culinary adventure” that’s “expertly” served in a “magnificent” art deco space; the “jumbo bill” is a given, but “throw the budget out the window” “you can’t afford to miss this place.”
Gabriel Kreuther
French · West 40s · $$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.7

Prepare to be “wowed by” this French “standout” opposite Bryant Park, where chef Gabriel Kreuther produces “inspired” tasting menus with his signature “Alsatian twists” , served by a “seamless staff” in an “impressive” setting with “snazzy” “rustic” accents; though it’s “costly” , there’s also an à la carte bar menu if you’re “mindful of your pocketbook.”
French · West 60s · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.8

“Time after time” , Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s CPW flagship “lives up to its billing” with “exquisite” New French cuisine that “dazzles your palate” served “with balletlike precision” in “a serene, luxurious” setting that requires a jacket; it’ll cost a “king’s ransom” to settle the tab, but those “willing to splurge” can count on an “unforgettable” meal.
Le Bernardin
Seafood · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.9 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.9

Prepare to dine on “a higher plane” at this “dazzling” Midtown “star” where Eric Ripert’s “world-class” tasting menus highlight “transcendent” French seafood, earning it No. 1 Food honors in NYC for the eighth year in a row; a “deep” wine list, “exemplary” staff and “soigné” surrounds further justify the “sky-high” tabs, so for a “dream-come-true” meal, this is “as good as it gets.”
21 Club
American · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

A “New York institution” and “class operation” , this circa-1929 former speakeasy in Midtown turns out “dependably good” traditional American dishes in an “old-school” , “dress-up” setting (jackets required, no jeans) with “spectacular” old toys hanging from the ceiling and “serene” private rooms upstairs; an “impeccable” staff furthers the “welcoming” vibes, though you may have to “liquidate some stocks to cover the bill.”