No or low corkage at Manhattan restaurants?
I'm a fairly serious wine collector, just moved back here recently.
Would love to get recommendations for good restaurants that are 'corkage friendly' - ie, they don't scowl at you when you bring in a bottle, and either have no or low corkage fee (up to, say, $15).
All thoughts welcome. Thanks.
Just curious...is it standard to include a corkage fee for EACH bottle, or is it generally one fee for multiple bottles (I would assume, within reason)?
We went to The Orchard a few weeks ago, just after they received their liquor license, and brought two bottles as we didn't know. They were not nice about it, and charged us a full $25 per bottle corkage.
here's an updated list exclusive of Chese restaurants and other ethnic eats.
AOC Bedford- No corkage Sunday/Monday, $20 rest of the week
Aquavit- $35- gracious service
Atelier- $50- gracious service
Balthazar- $30, good attitude, good glasses
Blue Hill- $25, good attitude, good glasses
Blue Ribbon- $25
Country Café- $10, good attitude, horrible glasses
Craft- $45, great service
Eleven Madison Park- $25, great service
Fairway- $10, good attitude
Gramercy Tavern- $25, great service
Grand Sichuan- $5, poor glassware
iCoppi- $15, great service, decent glasses
Inside- $15, decent glassware, good service
Jean Georges- $85
Kitchenette- no fee, no glasses, no corkscrews.
L'Ecole- No corkage Mondays
L'impero- $25, one bottle limit
Mishima- $10, small glasses, decent for riesling
Montrachet- No corkage Mondays
Per Se- $75 per bottle, $350 kicker for the sixth bottle
Savoy- $25, two bottle limit, bad attitude from the wine director
Share- $15, decent glasses, good attitude
Tartine- no corkage
Tasting Room- no corkage if you buy a bottle off the list
The Harrison- $25, one bottle limit
Union Square Cafe- $25 (?)- great attitude
Vice Versa- $15, great attitude, decent glasses
Zoe- $13, great attitude.
Notable non-BYO places: