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."