Best Wine Bars
I know this has probably been done a few times before, but the search function isn't working too well, and there have been a few additions of late, so I'd like to get peoples input. Criteria include good options by the glass (with at least some decent glasses under $10, if that isn't too much to ask) or quartino, and a decent variety of accompaniments (cheese, sweets, etc) and friendly service.
A few newish ones that I'd love comments on: Bin71, Peasant Wine Bar, the wine bar at Public (don't recall the name), Tasting Room's wine bar, Wined Up (I went the weekend it opened, and aside from sluggish service thought it was good with nice decor)...
Bin 71. I love the variety of wine and the food. Only problem is the tiny space.
Wine and Roses. I wasn't impressed with the food selection but the space is pretty.
Pudding Stones. This one is brand new and went a few times already. I like the wine by the glass selection and the food is very good. Service is also great. I'll have more on it since I'm hosting a corporate party in the downstairs area next week.
Had a great time at the most recent ones i've been to:
-'inoteca - Pretty good selection of wines by the glass and i love the food. The staff is very knowlegeable with their enormous list and I haven't been steered wrong yet.
-Ara - Meatpacking - pretty limited food menu, but had a good selection by the glass at all price points. You'd never know you were in the meatpacking district by the staff or ambiance.
-Bin 220 in south street seaport - really small and cute with a decent selection by the glass. can't recall the food part though
I really like Metro Cafe on E21st between Park and Broadway. Big selection by the glass with plenty under $10 and I like the flights of 4 2oz tastes for ~$20 or so. Havent tried the food.
Otto has a pretty big selection by the quartino but the price is more mid teens, with some in the $20s and the bottle selection is enormous. The only caveat is its all Italian. The food is great especially the carbonara which they wont deliver.
My favorites are Ino and Inoteca - fantastic cheese plates to accompany some nice Italian wines...panini is an excellent food choice as well. In Vino is a killer spot to also enjoy Italian wine in the East Village.