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The 25 Essential Places to Drink Wine in NYC

These are the top restaurants and bars to drink wine by the glass or bottle in New York City

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New York City has long been considered an epicenter of the global wine scene, and in recent years, it’s taken some interesting turns. Natural wine has taken over lists left and right, large-format bottles are widely embraced beyond celebratory settings, and even at some of the city’s most upscale destinations, affordability of glass and bottle play a role, making wine enjoyment and education accessible to the masses.

Every interaction with a talented sommelier — of which New York has no shortage — is an opportunity to ask questions, learn, and try something new. Start by heading to any of these wine destinations of the city’s best places to drink wine for any occasion (or lack thereof).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Vinatería

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2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd
New York, NY 10026
(212) 662-8462
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Entrepreneur and longtime Harlem resident Yvette Leeper-Bueno opened Vinatería in early 2013, and in the years since, it’s become a neighborhood staple. Alongside Italian- and Spanish-inspired dishes by executive chef Alexis Meyer, the wine offerings here trace the Mediterranean coastline, highlighting standout small winemakers (primary female) and their most prized varietals along the way. This is an excellent place to bring a group for an uptown brunch with a few shared bottles in a warm, cozy setting.

The exterior of Vinatería with red table and chairs on the sidewalk Vinatería [Official Photo]

2. Kaia Wine Bar

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1614 Third Ave
New York, NY 10128
(212) 722-0490

Upper East Side South African food gem Kaia serves up farm-to-table fare, thoughtful cocktails, and one of the most extensive, exclusively South African wine lists in the city. From a variety of Méthode Cap Classique (the country’s answer to Champagne) to the best of its winemaking capitals (like Stellenbosch and Franschhoek), this spot is a go-to for those curious about the South African wine landscape. There’s also a daily happy hour from 4 p.. to 7 p.m., where select wines are just $6 per glass.

A dining room full of people with wine lining the wall Kaia Wine Bar [Official Photo]

3. Taverna Kyclades

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33-07 Ditmars Blvd
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 545-8666
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Astoria icon Taverna Kyclades is a no-reservations holy grail of seafood and classic Greek ingredients, with a killer wine selection to match. It’s been transporting diners and drinkers to the islands sine 1996; the wine list is rather straightforward, heavy on Greek whites and a red list leaning more Californian. Try any seafood lunch special — available Monday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m — with a bottle of Retsina, a classic Greek white or rosé wine style; for dinner, start with an order of fried calamari and follow with grilled swordfish while working on a bottle of Greek Chardonnay. While it’s worth a visit to the original location, Taverna Kyclades also has locations in Bayside and the East Village.

The interior of Taverna Kyclades in Astoria with blond wood tables and exposed brick walls Taverna Kyclades [Official Photo]

4. Indian Accent

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123 W 56th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 842-8070
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Classic Indian cuisine takes on a new, modern identity at Indian Accent, where chef Manish Mehotra adds clever international touches to his tasting menus and à la carte dishes. The wine list is also a global one, helmed by beverage director Anibal Calcagno. For the meal’s first few bites, try an extra-brut sparkling (such as Ployez-Jacquemart, Champagne), followed by a wildcard from the “venturous varietals” white list, finishing off with a Pinot Noir from the list’s extensive selection (pair the main dish around that). The new chaat menu, inspired by an Indian street food favorite, is also a solid pairing opportunity when stopping by for lunch or brunch.

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5. Mercado Little Spain

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10 Hudson Yards
New York, NY 10001
(646) 495-1242
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A bright, colorful, flavorful bite of the world of José Andrés lands inside Hudson Yards in the form of a Spanish food hall. Mercado Little Spain is home to three different restaurants (Leña, Mar, and Spanish Diner) along with a handful of bars and kiosks. All wine lists are exclusively Spanish, its expansive cellar a representation of the country’s diverse offerings. Rioja, Catalunya, Galicia, Castilla y Leon, Jerez, Ribeiro, and the islands are just some of the pins on the map here, so for serious Spanish wine lovers — or even those looking to expand their Spanish wine knowledge — this is a place teeming with opportunity.

6. LIC Market

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21-52 44th Dr
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 361-0013
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LIC Market has been serving up natural wines since 2010 on an American food menu that changes daily with the local bounty. Owners, Queens couple Alex Schindler and Lisa DiClerico, change the wine list at this cozy all-day joint frequently; magnums, skin contact wines, and sparkling wines hailing from all over the world (mostly outside of France) keep this selection fresh and fun. Come by on a Wednesday to score 20 percent off any standard size bottle.

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7. O Ya

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120 E 28th St
New York, NY 10016
(212) 204-0200
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Anticipate spending quite a lot for Boston import O Ya’s full omakase or grand tasting menu with beverage pairing, but the à la carte dining and pairing experience can be just as enjoyable at this Japanese restaurant in Gramercy’s Park South Hotel. The wine and sake list is helpfully arranged by flavor profile, which can help guide an order before the sommelier or server even arrives at the table — a huge plus for those unfamiliar or uncomfortable with having that conversation. From the “earthly and textured” section of the sake menu, try the cedar cask-aged Kiku-Masamune Junmai Taru from the Hyogo prefecture; for wine, anything from the “fruit-driven and crushable” section is a safe bet.

O Ya’s dining room with long wooden tables and exposed brick walls Nick Solares/Eater

8. Eleven Madison Park

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11 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-0905
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Fine dining award-winner Eleven Madison Park’s wine list alone is worth the visit — and there’s a more accessible means of doing so than the full tasting menu. At the restaurant’s first-come-first-served six-seat bar, walk-ins can order drinks and bites à la carte, enjoying access to EMP’s newly expanded cellar of almost 14,500 bottles. This is the way to go to get one’s feet wet in exploring the work of art that is wine director Cedric Nicaise’s Euro-centric grand ode to wine, composed in collaboration with his fleet of sommeliers. For the bar route, arriving just before opening time at 5:30 p.m. is recommended.

The grand dining room at Eleven Madison Park with a large blue painting and high ceilings Gary He/Eater

9. Cote

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16 W 22nd St
New York, NY 10010
(212) 401-7986
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Simon Kim’s popular Korean steakhouse is also home to one of the best wine lists in the city, headed up by wine wünderkind and beverage director/partner Victoria James, who pours all by-the-glass options from magnums. The list, which emphasizes small organic and biodynamic producers, is thoughtful, playful, and accessible, with something for every budget. It gracefully pairs European and American greats with the kitchen’s Korean bar snacks and dinner fare, both in the main ground-floor dining room and its cavernous downstairs cocktail den, Undercote. When dining upstairs, don’t miss out on the butcher’s feast: four chef selections of USDA Prime and wagyu beef with Korean-inspired accoutrements for $54.

Cote’s back dining room with big booths Daniel Krieger/Eater

10. Cosme

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35 E 21st St
New York, NY 10010
(212) 913-9659
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Cosme chefs Daniela Soto-Innes and Enrique Olvera are widely celebrated for their contemporary take on Mexican cuisine, both here at Cosme and at their more casual NoHo spot, Atla. No detail is similarly spared when it comes to the beverage program under beverage director and sommelier Yana Volfson’s guiding hand. Cosme’s wine list shines a spotlight on Mexican wines, which are generally not given enough love in New York. Don’t sleep on the ruby-red, pleasantly briny Listan from Bichi Winery in Tecate on the by-the-glass section. Pair it with the epic tamal.

11. Nur

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34 E 20th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 505-3420
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Chef Meir Adoni’s spirited interpretation of Middle Eastern cuisine at Nur is an exciting canvas for wine pairing, the possibilities plentiful but not overwhelmingly so. Bar manager Paula Lukas’s wine selections bring diners to Israel and Lebanon, alongside the usual European and American suspects, with one standout Moroccan red by the glass that’s been featured on the menu since Nur’s opening (Alain Graillot’s Syrocco). It’s a well-curated and rounded list, but seize the chance to taste something from the Galilee or Beqaa Valley as the opportunity doesn’t come along too often.

 

Tables in Nur’s dining room Jenny G. Zhang/Eater

12. Corkbuzz

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13 E 13th St
New York, NY 10003
(646) 873-6071
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Since its 2012 opening, Corkbuzz Union Square has been continuously met with serious acclaim for its dedication to wine as a lifestyle. The brainchild of master sommelier Laura Fiorvanti and her uncle, Frank Vafier, Corkbuzz has become a staple for New York City’s community of wine lovers with its paired dinners, extensive European-focused by-the-glass and bottle lists, daily exploratory wine happy hours, playful flights, events, and classes for all experience levels. Corkbuzz’s Chelsea Market location is also worth a visit.

The narrow bar at Corkbuzz, with high-top tables lining the opposite wall
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13. Air's Champagne Parlor

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127 Macdougal St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 420-4777
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Sparkling wine lovers rejoice: Air’s Champagne Parlor is a haven for those craving a glass of bubbly with a side of knowledge. At any given time, the bottles showcased on the menu are special and in limited stock, and the by-the-glass options are listed by region and category (non-vintage versus vintage) — to find out specifically what they’re pouring, you’ve got to have a conversation with your server. Regardless of what’s in the glass, be sure to pair it with an order of fries, as Air’s has some of the best in the city. Can’t get a seat? Try for a cocktail session downstairs at Tokyo Record Bar, or head to Niche Niche a few blocks down on Macdougal Street for a wine dinner party experience from same owner Ariel Arce and her team.

14. Pinch Chinese

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177 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 328-7880
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Wine director and general manager Miguel de Leon’s program at Pinch Chinese in Soho is equal parts fun, approachable, and unpretentious. His natural-leaning list caters to the wine geeks of the world without isolating the everyday drinker: It is a masterful ode to the Silk Road focused on Old World wines from the country of Georgia to the Canary Islands and many places in between, offset by a number of carefully chosen domestic wines. With an emphasis on pairings, De Leon’s selection aims to bring out the subtlest of nuances within chef Charlie Chen’s comfort food dishes. Pinch’s themed Tuesday tastings are a strong highlight.

A photo of the bar at Pinch Chinese during service, lined up with customers Sean Tang/Pinch Chinese [Official Photo]

15. Ruffian

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125 E 7th St
New York, NY 10009
(212) 777-0855
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Co-owner Patrick Cournot and beverage director Alexis Percival drive an ever-evolving wine program at Ruffian in the heart of the East Village. The list, which changes frequently, highlights classic wine styles on the lesser-known end of the spectrum from around the world — the likes of Northern French whites, full-bodied red Bandols, and Georgian amber wines, for example. At any given time, the selection hovers around 250 bottles, including more than 30 orange wines. The open kitchen and cozy art-filled space add to an already-special sipping experience, and themed tastings of four half-glasses are a highlight, as is the “secret stash” menu of bottles at special prices.

The blonde wood bar at Ruffian Ruffian Wine Bar [Official Photo]

16. Coast and Valley

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587 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(917) 838-7559
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Coast and Valley is a sunny slice of Californian wine heaven in Greenpoint brought to life by owners and couple Stephanie Watanabe and Eric Hsu. With many glasses under $15 — and all bottles available by the glass or in flights — the best of California wine country is more accessible to the New York crowd than ever before, with tons of events, classes, winemaker dinners, and pop-ups to boot. There are over 100 bottles on this purposeful list, representing the entire price spectrum while highlighting the vast diversity of terroir that the state has to offer. The duo has also made it a point to showcase wines from female- and minority-owned businesses, many of whom share a mission to give back to the earth in some way, shape, or form. Hsu particularly recommends trying the Stolpman Vineyards’ La Cuadrilla, a Santa Barbara red blend that benefits both its vineyard team and its own foundation supporting sustainable employment.

A white dining room with blonde wood chairs Coast and Valley [Official Photo]

17. Uncle Boons

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7 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(646) 370-6650
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Nolita’s bustling Thai go-to Uncle Boons has no shortage of funky vibes or consistently well-executed dishes, free of frills and full of flavor. With Per Se vets Ann Redding and Matt Danzer behind it, this is a reliable and affordable late-night spot with a brief yet diverse wine list, reaching many corners of the world and bringing plenty of pairing possibilities. Try a glass of Crémant d’Alsace or a domestic or German Riesling to offset high spice, or opt for a bottle of rosé from Utah just for the fun of it, since it’s not something seen every day.

Uncle Boons’ colorful dining room with plants in the front window and art on the exposed brick wall Nick Solares/Eater

18. La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels

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249 Centre St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 343-3660
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La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels is quite possibly one of the most hauntingly beautiful places to drink wine in lower Manhattan, with its intimate, cavernous interior made up of gold-splashed walls, exposed brick, and a mélange of velvet, marble, and distressed wood accents, all bathed in soft light. Compagnie’s heavily French-accented list ventures beyond its native borders to South Africa, Spain, Hungary, Bulgaria, Italy, Germany, and more, proudly peppering in natural bottles throughout. “Mystery wines” on the by-the-glass list are perfect for the adventurous, though between staff expertise and the seasonal “sommelier short list,” there’s also plenty of guidance to go around.

19. Frenchette

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241 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212) 334-3883
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Frenchette in Tribeca is a modern interpretation of the classic French bistro, and nothing is more synonymous with bistro culture than wine. The natural list here from Jorge Riera is impressive, featuring a full page of pét-nat (pétillant naturel, or natural sparkling wine) in addition to a broad exploration of France’s top winemaking regions. There are also a few selections from Italy, Slovenia, Austria, and Spain. Frenchette boasts its own red in collaboration with winemaker Laurent Saillard, a blend of gamay and pineau d’aunis called Ette, which is available in a $180 magnum and is certainly worth sharing amongst a small group. When stopping in for a casual drink and bite at the bar, go for a glass of the Ariane Lesné “Hop hop hop” 100 percent Chenin Blanc organic sparkling with an order of fries.

20. Terroir Tribeca

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24 Harrison St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 625-9463
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Terroir Tribeca is a true playground for all things wine. This neighborhood mainstay housed in a former cheese plant has been spreading the gospel to drinkers since 2010 with programming like annual summers dedicated to Riesling. Coupled with owner Paul Grieco’s personal passion for wine, Terroir’s name is a nod to a philosophy of giving “a voice to place” through a massive menu binder that honors the history and culture of the food and drink served. Get a group together and set up a custom tasting, or come by for one of the best wine happy hours in the city, available daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again from 11 p.m. to close. Three-ounce pours of all by-the-glass options are also available for people who like to keep their options open.

21. Racines NY

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94 Chambers St
New York, NY 10007
(212) 227-3400
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A veritable taste of Paris in Tribeca, Racines NY is among New York’s most passionate when it comes to showcasing standout natural wines, most of which are French, though the team shows serious love to the rest of Europe, as well as North and South America, Australia, and more. Master sommelier and partner Pascaline Lepeltier and owner Arnaud Tronche (also a sommelier) oversee the wine program, with the new American kitchen helmed by chef Diego Moya. With more than 20 by-the-glass options, this is a choice spot to experiment with natural, biodynamic, organic, and small estate wines.

The bar at Racines with tables opposite Daniel Krieger/Eater

22. The Four Horsemen

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295 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 599-4900
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The Four Horsemen in Williamsburg is a low-key natural wine haven for everyday drinkers and the New York beverage industry set alike. Backed by LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and his wife, Christina Topsøe, along with wine director Justin Chearno, the Four Horsemen has one of the most impressive skin-contact lists in Brooklyn and covers serious ground geographically, reaching past the usual European go-to regions to feature wines from the Czech Republic, Georgia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Lebanon. The team has also just opened a next-door café and bar concept, Daymoves, which will be known as Nightmoves after dark.

The blonde wood bar at Four Horsemen The Four Horsemen [Official]

23. Olmsted

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659 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 552-2610
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Wine director Zwann Grays — an Anfora, Bouley, and Estela vet — brings together affordability and a focus on producers within Olmsted’s natural wine list, which complements chef-owner Greg Baxtrom’s new American fare, some of which is sourced from the backyard garden. This Prospect Heights staple offers by-the-glass options starting at $12 with a few bottles under $50, making it an ideal place to explore natural wines alongside a consistently lovely meal. Aim for a seat at the chef’s counter for brunch or dinner.

24. Red Hook Winery

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175 Van Dyke St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(347) 689-2432
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Red Hook Winery has served as a beacon for both local vineyards and East Coast wine lovers since 2008, its mission to showcase the best of New York state realized by three resident winemakers. With panoramic views of the river, the Statue of Liberty, and the city skyline, Red Hook Winery’s tasting room is an ideal place to taste collaborative local wines — think Chardonnay, Riesling, Petit Verdot, skin contact whites, a variety of blends, and more — available by the glass and bottle, or in flight format.

People mingle and drink in Red Hook Winery, where wine barrels act as tables Red Hook Winery [Official Photo]

25. Fausto

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348 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(917) 909-1427
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Italian hospitality comes naturally to Fausto co-owners Joe Campanale and chef Erin Shambura, who worked together for years at West Village staple L’Artusi before venturing to Prospect Heights. Campanale, an award-winning sommelier, mirrors the restaurant’s casual interpretation of the fine dining experience in his wine selection, swapping the potentially overwhelming list of an upscale restaurant for something more succinct and approachable. With nods to some of his past lists, Campanale’s short and sweet selection highlights Italy, of course, though there’s also the occasional French, Spanish, or domestic pick. History buffs can also appreciate the restaurant’s vintage amaro selection, a unique way to cap off a meal.

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1. Vinatería

2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026
The exterior of Vinatería with red table and chairs on the sidewalk Vinatería [Official Photo]

Entrepreneur and longtime Harlem resident Yvette Leeper-Bueno opened Vinatería in early 2013, and in the years since, it’s become a neighborhood staple. Alongside Italian- and Spanish-inspired dishes by executive chef Alexis Meyer, the wine offerings here trace the Mediterranean coastline, highlighting standout small winemakers (primary female) and their most prized varietals along the way. This is an excellent place to bring a group for an uptown brunch with a few shared bottles in a warm, cozy setting.

2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd
New York, NY 10026

2. Kaia Wine Bar

1614 Third Ave, New York, NY 10128
A dining room full of people with wine lining the wall Kaia Wine Bar [Official Photo]

Upper East Side South African food gem Kaia serves up farm-to-table fare, thoughtful cocktails, and one of the most extensive, exclusively South African wine lists in the city. From a variety of Méthode Cap Classique (the country’s answer to Champagne) to the best of its winemaking capitals (like Stellenbosch and Franschhoek), this spot is a go-to for those curious about the South African wine landscape. There’s also a daily happy hour from 4 p.. to 7 p.m., where select wines are just $6 per glass.

1614 Third Ave
New York, NY 10128

3. Taverna Kyclades

33-07 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105
The interior of Taverna Kyclades in Astoria with blond wood tables and exposed brick walls Taverna Kyclades [Official Photo]

Astoria icon Taverna Kyclades is a no-reservations holy grail of seafood and classic Greek ingredients, with a killer wine selection to match. It’s been transporting diners and drinkers to the islands sine 1996; the wine list is rather straightforward, heavy on Greek whites and a red list leaning more Californian. Try any seafood lunch special — available Monday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m — with a bottle of Retsina, a classic Greek white or rosé wine style; for dinner, start with an order of fried calamari and follow with grilled swordfish while working on a bottle of Greek Chardonnay. While it’s worth a visit to the original location, Taverna Kyclades also has locations in Bayside and the East Village.

33-07 Ditmars Blvd
Astoria, NY 11105

4. Indian Accent

123 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019
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The bar at Indian Accent with gold lighting Nick Solares/Eater

Classic Indian cuisine takes on a new, modern identity at Indian Accent, where chef Manish Mehotra adds clever international touches to his tasting menus and à la carte dishes. The wine list is also a global one, helmed by beverage director Anibal Calcagno. For the meal’s first few bites, try an extra-brut sparkling (such as Ployez-Jacquemart, Champagne), followed by a wildcard from the “venturous varietals” white list, finishing off with a Pinot Noir from the list’s extensive selection (pair the main dish around that). The new chaat menu, inspired by an Indian street food favorite, is also a solid pairing opportunity when stopping by for lunch or brunch.

123 W 56th St
New York, NY 10019

5. Mercado Little Spain

10 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001

A bright, colorful, flavorful bite of the world of José Andrés lands inside Hudson Yards in the form of a Spanish food hall. Mercado Little Spain is home to three different restaurants (Leña, Mar, and Spanish Diner) along with a handful of bars and kiosks. All wine lists are exclusively Spanish, its expansive cellar a representation of the country’s diverse offerings. Rioja, Catalunya, Galicia, Castilla y Leon, Jerez, Ribeiro, and the islands are just some of the pins on the map here, so for serious Spanish wine lovers — or even those looking to expand their Spanish wine knowledge — this is a place teeming with opportunity.

10 Hudson Yards
New York, NY 10001

6. LIC Market

21-52 44th Dr, Long Island City, NY 11101
A server inside the wooden dining room of LIC Market LIC Market [Official Photo]

LIC Market has been serving up natural wines since 2010 on an American food menu that changes daily with the local bounty. Owners, Queens couple Alex Schindler and Lisa DiClerico, change the wine list at this cozy all-day joint frequently; magnums, skin contact wines, and sparkling wines hailing from all over the world (mostly outside of France) keep this selection fresh and fun. Come by on a Wednesday to score 20 percent off any standard size bottle.

21-52 44th Dr
Long Island City, NY 11101

7. O Ya

120 E 28th St, New York, NY 10016
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O Ya’s dining room with long wooden tables and exposed brick walls Nick Solares/Eater

Anticipate spending quite a lot for Boston import O Ya’s full omakase or grand tasting menu with beverage pairing, but the à la carte dining and pairing experience can be just as enjoyable at this Japanese restaurant in Gramercy’s Park South Hotel. The wine and sake list is helpfully arranged by flavor profile, which can help guide an order before the sommelier or server even arrives at the table — a huge plus for those unfamiliar or uncomfortable with having that conversation. From the “earthly and textured” section of the sake menu, try the cedar cask-aged Kiku-Masamune Junmai Taru from the Hyogo prefecture; for wine, anything from the “fruit-driven and crushable” section is a safe bet.

120 E 28th St
New York, NY 10016

8. Eleven Madison Park

11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010
The grand dining room at Eleven Madison Park with a large blue painting and high ceilings Gary He/Eater

Fine dining award-winner Eleven Madison Park’s wine list alone is worth the visit — and there’s a more accessible means of doing so than the full tasting menu. At the restaurant’s first-come-first-served six-seat bar, walk-ins can order drinks and bites à la carte, enjoying access to EMP’s newly expanded cellar of almost 14,500 bottles. This is the way to go to get one’s feet wet in exploring the work of art that is wine director Cedric Nicaise’s Euro-centric grand ode to wine, composed in collaboration with his fleet of sommeliers. For the bar route, arriving just before opening time at 5:30 p.m. is recommended.

11 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10010

9. Cote

16 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10010
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Cote’s back dining room with big booths Daniel Krieger/Eater

Simon Kim’s popular Korean steakhouse is also home to one of the best wine lists in the city, headed up by wine wünderkind and beverage director/partner Victoria James, who pours all by-the-glass options from magnums. The list, which emphasizes small organic and biodynamic producers, is thoughtful, playful, and accessible, with something for every budget. It gracefully pairs European and American greats with the kitchen’s Korean bar snacks and dinner fare, both in the main ground-floor dining room and its cavernous downstairs cocktail den, Undercote. When dining upstairs, don’t miss out on the butcher’s feast: four chef selections of USDA Prime and wagyu beef with Korean-inspired accoutrements for $54.

16 W 22nd St
New York, NY 10010

10. Cosme

35 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010
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Cosme chefs Daniela Soto-Innes and Enrique Olvera are widely celebrated for their contemporary take on Mexican cuisine, both here at Cosme and at their more casual NoHo spot, Atla. No detail is similarly spared when it comes to the beverage program under beverage director and sommelier Yana Volfson’s guiding hand. Cosme’s wine list shines a spotlight on Mexican wines, which are generally not given enough love in New York. Don’t sleep on the ruby-red, pleasantly briny Listan from Bichi Winery in Tecate on the by-the-glass section. Pair it with the epic tamal.

35 E 21st St
New York, NY 10010

11. Nur

34 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003
Tables in Nur’s dining room Jenny G. Zhang/Eater

Chef Meir Adoni’s spirited interpretation of Middle Eastern cuisine at Nur is an exciting canvas for wine pairing, the possibilities plentiful but not overwhelmingly so. Bar manager Paula Lukas’s wine selections bring diners to Israel and Lebanon, alongside the usual European and American suspects, with one standout Moroccan red by the glass that’s been featured on the menu since Nur’s opening (Alain Graillot’s Syrocco). It’s a well-curated and rounded list, but seize the chance to taste something from the Galilee or Beqaa Valley as the opportunity doesn’t come along too often.

 

34 E 20th St
New York, NY 10003

12. Corkbuzz

13 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003
The narrow bar at Corkbuzz, with high-top tables lining the opposite wall
Corkbuzz
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Since its 2012 opening, Corkbuzz Union Square has been continuously met with serious acclaim for its dedication to wine as a lifestyle. The brainchild of master sommelier Laura Fiorvanti and her uncle, Frank Vafier, Corkbuzz has become a staple for New York City’s community of wine lovers with its paired dinners, extensive European-focused by-the-glass and bottle lists, daily exploratory wine happy hours, playful flights, events, and classes for all experience levels. Corkbuzz’s Chelsea Market location is also worth a visit.

13 E 13th St
New York, NY 10003

13. Air's Champagne Parlor

127 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012
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Sparkling wine lovers rejoice: Air’s Champagne Parlor is a haven for those craving a glass of bubbly with a side of knowledge. At any given time, the bottles showcased on the menu are special and in limited stock, and the by-the-glass options are listed by region and category (non-vintage versus vintage) — to find out specifically what they’re pouring, you’ve got to have a conversation with your server. Regardless of what’s in the glass, be sure to pair it with an order of fries, as Air’s has some of the best in the city. Can’t get a seat? Try for a cocktail session downstairs at Tokyo Record Bar, or head to Niche Niche a few blocks down on Macdougal Street for a wine dinner party experience from same owner Ariel Arce and her team.

127 Macdougal St
New York, NY 10012

14. Pinch Chinese

177 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
A photo of the bar at Pinch Chinese during service, lined up with customers Sean Tang/Pinch Chinese [Official Photo]

Wine director and general manager Miguel de Leon’s program at Pinch Chinese in Soho is equal parts fun, approachable, and unpretentious. His natural-leaning list caters to the wine geeks of the world without isolating the everyday drinker: It is a masterful ode to the Silk Road focused on Old World wines from the country of Georgia to the Canary Islands and many places in between, offset by a number of carefully chosen domestic wines. With an emphasis on pairings, De Leon’s selection aims to bring out the subtlest of nuances within chef Charlie Chen’s comfort food dishes. Pinch’s themed Tuesday tastings are a strong highlight.

177 Prince St
New York, NY 10012

15. Ruffian

125 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009
The blonde wood bar at Ruffian Ruffian Wine Bar [Official Photo]

Co-owner Patrick Cournot and beverage director Alexis Percival drive an ever-evolving wine program at Ruffian in the heart of the East Village. The list, which changes frequently, highlights classic wine styles on the lesser-known end of the spectrum from around the world — the likes of Northern French whites, full-bodied red Bandols, and Georgian amber wines, for example. At any given time, the selection hovers around 250 bottles, including more than 30 orange wines. The open kitchen and cozy art-filled space add to an already-special sipping experience, and themed tastings of four half-glasses are a highlight, as is the “secret stash” menu of bottles at special prices.

125 E 7th St
New York, NY 10009

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16. Coast and Valley

587 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
A white dining room with blonde wood chairs Coast and Valley [Official Photo]

Coast and Valley is a sunny slice of Californian wine heaven in Greenpoint brought to life by owners and couple Stephanie Watanabe and Eric Hsu. With many glasses under $15 — and all bottles available by the glass or in flights — the best of California wine country is more accessible to the New York crowd than ever before, with tons of events, classes, winemaker dinners, and pop-ups to boot. There are over 100 bottles on this purposeful list, representing the entire price spectrum while highlighting the vast diversity of terroir that the state has to offer. The duo has also made it a point to showcase wines from female- and minority-owned businesses, many of whom share a mission to give back to the earth in some way, shape, or form. Hsu particularly recommends trying the Stolpman Vineyards’ La Cuadrilla, a Santa Barbara red blend that benefits both its vineyard team and its own foundation supporting sustainable employment.

587 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

17. Uncle Boons

7 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
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Uncle Boons’ colorful dining room with plants in the front window and art on the exposed brick wall Nick Solares/Eater

Nolita’s bustling Thai go-to Uncle Boons has no shortage of funky vibes or consistently well-executed dishes, free of frills and full of flavor. With Per Se vets Ann Redding and Matt Danzer behind it, this is a reliable and affordable late-night spot with a brief yet diverse wine list, reaching many corners of the world and bringing plenty of pairing possibilities. Try a glass of Crémant d’Alsace or a domestic or German Riesling to offset high spice, or opt for a bottle of rosé from Utah just for the fun of it, since it’s not something seen every day.

7 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

18. La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels

249 Centre St, New York, NY 10013

La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels is quite possibly one of the most hauntingly beautiful places to drink wine in lower Manhattan, with its intimate, cavernous interior made up of gold-splashed walls, exposed brick, and a mélange of velvet, marble, and distressed wood accents, all bathed in soft light. Compagnie’s heavily French-accented list ventures beyond its native borders to South Africa, Spain, Hungary, Bulgaria, Italy, Germany, and more, proudly peppering in natural bottles throughout. “Mystery wines” on the by-the-glass list are perfect for the adventurous, though between staff expertise and the seasonal “sommelier short list,” there’s also plenty of guidance to go around.

249 Centre St
New York, NY 10013

19. Frenchette

241 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013
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