Best BYO Restaurants in NYC

March 1, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

New York doesn't have as many BYO options at Chicago or Philadelphia, but there are a few spots here where you can bring your alcohol of choice and still get a great meal. 

Queens Comfort
American · Astoria · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

“Get your comfort on” at this Astoria joint dishing up Southern “pig-out” fare in “simple” digs with a “wacky” , “chill” vibe; it's “cash only but cheap and BYO” – no wonder there are “lines on weekends” , especially for the “fun” brunch with a live DJ.
Tartine
Breakfast · West Village · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.7

At this cash-only West Village bistro, “delectable” French basics and a “could-be-in-Paris” vibe come at an “affordable” price, helped along by the BYO policy; “long waits” are common, and since the “teeny” space can be “tight” , regulars try for one of the sidewalk tables.
Poke
Sushi · East 80s · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

“Tucked away” on a UES side street, this cash-only Japanese BYO has earned a following for its “high-quality” sushi offered in “conventional and innovative” preparations; no reservations mean “long waits” and the setting is “basic” , but still the “positives far outweigh the negatives.”
Lucali
Pizza · Carroll Gardens · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

It’s “hard to beat” the “ethereal” pizzas and “league-of-their-own” calzones that emerge from the brick oven at this cash-only Carroll Gardens joint; the BYO policy “makes it a great value” , but the trade-off is notoriously “insane waits.”
Kuma Inn
Filipino · Lower East Side · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.9

One of NYC's “best hidden gems” , this “unusual” Filipino-Thai accessed up a flight of LES stairs puts out an “avant-garde” small-plates menu “exploding with flavor” ; the “hole-in-the-wall” setup is “tight” and cash only, but the “price is right” and “BYO makes it even better.”
Peking Duck House
Chinese · Chinatown · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.7

With its “juicy” meat and “savory, crispy skin” , the signature Peking duck carved tableside is a “real treat” at these “old-fashioned” Chinese spots; decor and service may be somewhat “lacking” , but “wine lovers” applaud the BYO policy at the Chinatown location, which also received a facelift.
Spicy Village
Chinese · Lower East Side · $

The Spicy Big Tray Of Chicken at this Lower East Side Chinese spot can feed a few people for under $15. Casual service includes styrofoam plates and a BYOB policy.
Piccola Strada
Italian · East Village · $$

A tiny East Village spot with friendly servers, Piccola Strada serves red-sauce Italian classics like ossobuco and penne a la vodka. The well-done food, along with a BYOB policy, has made this place a local favorite.
Wondee Siam
Thai · West 50s · $
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.7

“Consistently delicious” Thai fare brings back “memories of Bangkok” at these “hole-in-the-wall” Westsiders; OK, they're “not fancy” and “seating is limited” , but service is “fast” and regulars say the “rock-bottom prices” are the key to their enduring “popularity.”
Lui's Thai Food
Thai · East Village · $$

A mom-and-pop place in East Village, this Thai spot serves pad Thai, pad see-ew, and other staples in a casual space on 4th Street. It's BYOB.
Astoria Seafood
Seafood · Long Island City

Tanoshi Sushi Sake Bar
Japanese · East 70s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.0 · Service 4.1

Known for “fantastic” omakase-only meals at “bang-for-the-buck” prices, this “hole-in-the-wall” Yorkville Japanese racks up the “wows” with an “excellent assortment of fish and preparations” ; yes, the “no-frills” seating is “tight” , but the BYO policy is a “nice bonus.”
OM
Indian · East 80s · $$

A weekday BYO policy (there’s a fee on weekends) is just one reason locals swear by this Upper East Side Indian restaurant. Most dishes - from chicken curry to masalas to biryanis - are under $15.