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Junoon, Morini, Roman's Land on Asimov's Budget Wine List

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Today, Eric Asimov drops his picks for New York's 10 best inexpensive wine lists. Instead of focussing on value at the high-end, his selections are based on lists with great bottles under $50. Part of the reasoning here is that there's a lot of value in the $17-$25 range at a retail level, and restaurants generally double that price for their wine lists.

His list includes: Alta in the West Village for low-end European wines, Buttermilk Channel because of its all-American selection, Frankie's Spuntino for Italian, Franny's for esoteric bottles, Junoon for wines that go well with Indian food, and Osteria Morini for its Lambruschi. In terms of overall variety and quality, he singles out Gramercy Tavern, Roman's, Vinegar Hill House, and Rouge Tomate, which he says has, "one of the most extensively intriguing lists in New York, with brilliant choices that can either be esoteric or mainstream."

Over on the Diner's Journal blog, Asimov is asking readers to chime in with their favorite value-packed lists.
· Restaurant Bottles From the Bottom Up [NYT]

Vinegar Hill House

72 Hudson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718) 522-1018 Visit Website

Buttermilk Channel

524 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (718) 852-8490 Visit Website


19 West 24th Street, Manhattan, NY 10010 (212) 490-2100 Visit Website

Gramercy Tavern

42 East 20th Street, Manhattan, NY 10003 (212) 477-0777 Visit Website

Alta Adams

5359 West Adams Boulevard, , CA 90016 (323) 571-4999 Visit Website

Osteria Morini

218 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012 (212) 965-8777 Visit Website

Osteria Morini

218 Lafayette St., New York, NY