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Nov 16, 2006 12:38 AM

Free wine with dinner...?

Back in our immediately-post-college days, my friends and I used to love gathering at the nearby Cottage and spending hours over a big Chinese meal with numerous carafes of the free house white. Call me crazy, but for my birthday this year I want to recreate that scene, and I'm looking for a good place to do it. Yes, I know free wine is almost invariably crappy wine, but that's fine with me as long as the food is very good. I'm hoping Chowhounds can suggest a few free-wine-with-dinner restaurants where the food is better than average, and the wine is (at least) cold. What do you think? Any ideas? Thanks for any and all assistance!

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    1. I just went to Cite (120 W 51st St) last Sunday night. They have a $69. wine dinner. Check the web site for the wines served. IMHO, the Chianti was very good, the sparkling wine was yummy. The Chardonnay was not my favorite. This is a place it seems like you are looking for. They keep your glasses full and they don't give you the bums rush. You order off the menu; app, entree and dessert. We all got filet mignon cooked just the way we wanted. It was just a good time all around.

      1. i believe silk road palace on the upper west side (maybe 81st and amsterdam or so) offers free wine with dinner.

        1. I second the Cite idea if you are looking for pretty good steaks and pretty good wines (their website has a list of the choices).

          On the other hand, if you are looking to recreate the past, the Cottage in the UWS still serves the free wine with dinner and the food is pretty good. Located on 77th and Amsterdam.

          1. Is there another Cottage that serves the free wine with dinner that's closer to downtown?