Best Wine Connoisseurs in NYC

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

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

Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca
Italian · Greenwich Village · $$$
Food 4.5 · 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.”
Bâtard
French · TriBeCa · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · 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 4.1 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

The “scene buzzes” at this SoHo “destination” for people "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.”
Daniel
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 4.6 · 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 4.6 · Service 4.6

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.”
Jean-Georges
French · West 60s · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.6 · 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
French · 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.”
Pearl & Ash
NoLita · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

While the “original” New American small plates are “exciting” at this Bowery hideaway, the “true find” is its “jumbo” wine list with countless “back vintages” decanted by “personable” staffers; a “cool clientele” keeps the slender room “buzzy” , so expect “moderate noise.”
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.”