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Nov 2, 2006 03:37 PM


I was told it is no longer legal to bring your own booze into restaurants. (The restaurants are not allowed to do that anymore).

Is this accurate?

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  1. If your speaking about wine, it's perfectly legal as long as the restaurant says it's OK - and many restaurants have corkage fees even though they do not promote or mention them.
    Here's one such list...

    1. Definitely not illegal-
      here's a good wiki resource:

      1. Grub Street ran a piece about how cops are cracking down on places selling booze to go ( and I assume for delivery) but I haven't heard anything about byob laws. I think it would make pretty big news in the food world...


        1. I know it is allowed in Chicago, last year when I was living there I went to quite a few places that where it was legal...not really worth it though the corking fee is like worth a bottle itself.

          1. We brought our own bottle of wine to Tanoreen in Bay Ridge fairly recently and there was no problem at all. They have a great attitude, in general, and that included our bottle of wine. Others who were there that night brought wine too.

            I was amused when our waiter brought us glasses, uncorked our wine for us, poured and then waited for us to taste it and okay it. I chuckled and asked him what he would do if it wasn't okay. He laughed and said something about his good neighbor who runs the liquor store next door where he knew we had bought it.

            FYI, there is a very reasonable $5 corkage fee at Tanoreen, a restaurant I love in my home neighborhood that has great, extremely reasonably priced food and a wonderful attitude. And very conveniently, there is a liquor store almost next door.

            I certainly hope there hasn't been a change in BYOB laws in NYC. Smoking and transfats I can deal with....but not BYOB!