Best Wine Bars in NYC

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated wine bars in NYC. 

Aldo Sohm Wine Bar
Wine Bar · West 50s · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

Le Bernardin’s master sommelier, Aldo Sohm, brings “vaunted wine expertise” to his nearby Midtown namesake, where “wonderful” vintages complement light lunches and “original” , French-informed small plates at dinner; with a “well-versed” staff manning the “smart-casual” space (think “upscale living room” ), it’s “buzzy” and “reasonably priced” – although “not cheap.”
Bar Jamon
Wine Bar · Gramercy Park · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

Mario Batali’s “convivial” Gramercy tapas bar–cum– “holding pen” for his ’round-the-corner Casa Mono puts out “top-of-the-line” Spanish small plates paired with an “extensive” wine list; it’s a “tight squeeze” and the tabs are “not cheap” , but most don’t mind given the “sexy-time” mood.
Casellula
Wine Bar · West 50s · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.1

“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.
Corkbuzz
Wine Bar · Chelsea
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.2

Like the name suggests, wine is “the star” at these “lively” enotecas, where “inventive” Eclectic nibbles provide “thoughtful” pairings for “interesting” pours dispensed by “knowledgeable” staffers (aka “wine Jedis” ); the “warm, relaxed” atmosphere makes for a “perfect date spot.”
Corkbuzz
New American · Greenwich Village · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.2

Like the name suggests, wine is “the star” at these “lively” enotecas, where “inventive” Eclectic nibbles provide “thoughtful” pairings for “interesting” pours dispensed by “knowledgeable” staffers (aka “wine Jedis” ); the “warm, relaxed” atmosphere makes for a “perfect date spot.”
Desnuda
Latin American · Williamsburg
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

These snug South American wine bars specialize in Latin vinos and “delicious” “variations” on ceviche bolstered by oysters from a “great raw bar” ; for most they’re an “adventure” with a “fun vibe” , though the “bill can rack up.”
D.O.C. Wine Bar
Italian · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.3

“Delicious” Sardinian plates are “the perfect accompaniment” to the all-Italian vino selection at this “cozy” Williamsburg enoteca, known to admirers as a “secret gem” ; the “welcoming” vibes, rustic decor and “decent prices” provide extra incentive to “go back again.”
El Quinto Pino
Spanish · Chelsea · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.2

Alex Raij’s Spanish small plates “pack an incredible flavor punch” (especially the much “raved-about” uni panini) at this compact Chelsea tapas bar also known for its “delicious” wines; the “laid-back” space might not be fancy, but it’s just right for “cozy conversation” or a “casual” date.
The Four Horsemen
Gastropub · Williamsburg · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.2 · 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.”
il Buco Alimentari & Vineria
Italian · NoHo · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

“Unpretentious” but with a “pure NY vibe” , this Il Buco spin-off is a “go-to” for “simple yet refined” Italian-Med fare – “especially the pastas” and “ridiculously good” short ribs – in a “homey” NoHo setup with a front market area/coffee bar; communal seats and somewhat “pricey” tabs aside, it’s “comfortable” for just about “every occasion.”
Upholstery Store: Food and Wine
Seafood · West Village · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.7 · 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.”