With friends visiting from out of town this weekend who wanted to catch up over wine, I was reminded of the endless number of amazing wine bars throughout NYC. And, with winter finally upon us (at least in theory – someone bring me some snow already), I can’t think of anything more appropriate than gathering at a cozy wine bar with great company.
Here’s a list of some of my favorite wine bars by neighborhood:
Terroir Tribeca | 24 Harrison Street: Set in a larger space and featuring generous by the glass pours to be paired with delicious Italian/Mediterranean small plates, this is a great spot for a larger group or post-work wining.
Les Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels | 249 Centre Street: As the name suggests, they offer mainly french wines and small plates. But this rustic-chic bar with its cozy seating is perfect for a winter date night.
Aria | 117 Perry Street: One of my absolute favorite spots in NYC, an awesome wine list is served up with delicious shareable Italian tapas. And, what can I say, I’m a sucker for the twinkling lights that line the canopied street and entrance way.
Gottino Enoteca e Salumeria | 52 Greenwich Avenue: A true gastroteca with old world charm, a delightful little garden and lovely primarily Italian wine list, it’s a perfect spot if food will be taking center sage.
Bar Jamon | 125 East 17th Street: Spanish wines and tapas…enough said.
Sofia Wine Bar | 242 East 50th Street: Exposed brick, chandeliers and dim lighting make this a perfect date night spot. Wine options are plentiful and the (limited, but) delicious food menu is also a major highlight.
Pierre Loti | 300 East 52nd Street: A great little spot for after work drinks and bites, the wine selection is varied and reasonable, and the Turkish/Syrian fare is a welcome change from your more typical small plate options.
Casellula | 401 West 52nd Street: European wines and some of the best cheese selections are served in a more modern, but intimate space. And, the large windows offer some great opportunities for people watching.
Upper East Side
Uva | 1486 2nd Avenue: Another option where the food does not take a second seat to the wines, this charming spot serves some of the best homemade pastas around to be devoured with a varied, but reasonably priced wine list.
LOVE – MY.
Scenes from wine nights past.