Best Wine Bars in NYC

January 23, 2019
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by Zagat Staff

Where to drink wine and eat good food around NYC.

Bacaro
Italian · Lower East Side · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.1

There's a "sultry" , "wine-cellar vibe" in play at this "gorgeous" LES basement offering "delicious" Venetian small plates (and particularly "wonderful" pastas) to a crowd of "hipsters, artists and the Uptowners who love them" ; "flickering candles" keep things seriously "romantic" , so it's "perfect for a date."
Upholstery Store: Food & Wine
Seafood · West Village · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.8

There’s "nothing stuffy about" Kurt Gutenbrunner’s "wonderfully warm" West Village wine bar, where the "excellent" American bites, "stellar cocktails" and "well-chosen" vinos are hailed as "the perfect mix" ; a "super" staff and "relaxed" vibes round out "a rare find."
The Four Horsemen
Wine Bar · Williamsburg · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

A "killer wine list" filled with "quirky" finds is the headliner at this Williamsburg nook from musician James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), but the seasonal American fare is "spot-on" too; "sleek" and "perfectly dimmed" with a front bar, it draws "hip, but mature" types who keep the mood "convivial."
Casellula
Wine Bar · West 50s · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

"Perfect for date nights" , this rustic Hell's Kitchen American offers a "never-ending" wine and cheese list nightly till 1 AM; the "little sliver" of a setting is "cozy" to some, "tight" to others, but the "bustling" mood speaks for itself.
Ruffian
Wine Bar · East Village · $$$

A daily changing menu of seasonal small and large French plates and lots of bottles (including orange wines) come together at this East Village wine bar in a 19th-century building. Arched windows bring light into the intimate digs, where happy-hour snacks and specials are a further draw.
June
Wine Bar · Cobble Hill · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.0

A long, dramatically lit space with big booths and a marble bar, this "charming" Cobble Hill hangout pours natural European wines (plus beers, cocktails and digestifs) alongside a "short and sweet" New American menu of "inventive" seasonal small plates; the "intimate" vibe ups its "date" -night appeal.
The Ten Bells
Wine Bar · Lower East Side · $$

This Lower East Side wine bar has a few dozen options for wine by the glass, and a huge list of bottles from around the world (from the Czech Republic to Australia). The food menu is focused on Spanish small plates, but most people come here for the popular wine and oyster Happy Hour every day until 7pm.
Terroir Tribeca
Wine Bar · TriBeCa · $$

This TriBeCa spot is a rare wine bar with food that's equally impressive as the drinks. The diverse menu (which is also pretty fun to read) has several half-glass options and a very popular meatball sandwich.
Lois
Wine Bar · East Village · $$

Pouring wines on draft (plus a couple beers), this bottle-free East Villager between sibs the Alphabet City Wine Company and ABC Beer Co. is a breakthrough bar in the vine-to-keg movement. With comfy touches like tufted barstools, the simple, inviting space also offers seasonal small plates and cheeses with pairing suggestions.
La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
Brunch · Little Italy · $$$

The folks behind the Lower East Side's Experimental Cocktail Club have brought another Paris-based wine bar to NYC, this time in Little Italy, where they're offering an extensive, French-heavy wine list paired with French-Mediterranean small plates.The super-chic space features rough wood, dark leather, marble tables and brass fixtures.
St Tropez Wine Bar
Brunch · West Village · $$$

Provençal dishes, oysters and shareable plates are joined by French vintages (with an emphasis on sustainable bottlings) at this West Village wine bar. Warm woods, an open kitchen and large windows with counter seats add to the inviting atmosphere.
Amelie Wine Bar
Brunch · Greenwich Village · $$

A Greenwich Village wine bar (with locations on the Upper West Side and in San Francisco, too) with a long international wine list, this is a local favorite thanks to a great Happy Hour deal. The dimly-lit space has a long bar and several standing-only high tops ideal for a casual post-work drink.
Black Mountain Wine House
Wine Bar · Gowanus · $$
Food - · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.4

From the "roaring fireplace" to the "farmhouse" bric-a-brac on the walls, "atmosphere is the draw" at this "cozy" Gowanus wine bar with "all the charm of an upstate cabin" ; "friendly" staffers dispense a "well-edited list" of vintages that can be paired with "tasty" nibbles.