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Wine Flights in Manhattan?

ATM Aug 6, 2007 06:56 AM

I'm a DC Hound who will be in New York at the end of August. I'm looking for a comfortable and fun wine bar where a group of 4-6 of us can get flights of wine. Good food is a plus, but not my primary concern as we will likely go out for drinks after dinner. We're staying at The Dylan by Grand Central, but we're willing to travel. I've seen some posts about Divine Bar, Wined Up, Metro Cafe & Wine Bar. Are these good choices or are there others you would recommend? Thanks for your help!

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  1. LNG212 RE: ATM Aug 6, 2007 08:04 AM

    I haven't been to the ones you've mentioned. But I can recommend Vintage NY. (They have two locations: SoHo, with good food/small plates selections, and the UWS, very friendly atmosphere but limited food.)

    1. egit RE: ATM Aug 6, 2007 10:12 AM

      Divine bar is pretty good. I live right near there. Another option just a few doors down the street is Le Bateau Ivre... which is more of a french bistro and wine bar. They have tastings/flights too.

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        awdickin RE: ATM Aug 6, 2007 11:45 AM

        I would also say Divine bar is a good choice. Personally, I'm not a fan of Metro Cafe & Wine bar. It's more a restaurant than a wine bar and the food is nothing to write home about. I haven't eaten at Divine Bar, but it's a good wine bar atmosphere.

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          sharonm RE: ATM Aug 6, 2007 12:45 PM

          I'm not sure if they have wine flights, but they have great wines by the glass. Noble food & wine on Spring between Elizabeth and Bowery. Gramercy Tavern doesnt have flights but they do pour tastes with a fantastic selection.

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            jsgjewels RE: ATM Aug 6, 2007 12:58 PM

            Divine Bar probably has one of the bigger selections of flights around, but the atmosphere at Wined Up is a lot nicer. Vino Vino in Tribeca is another good option.

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              outside25 RE: ATM Aug 6, 2007 02:09 PM

              I like the Divine Bar on the west side better than the east side, but both are great and I think a nice atmosphere.

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                TessCooks RE: outside25 Aug 6, 2007 02:14 PM

                Otto which is batali and bastianch venture is very good and the food is great

              2. Jel212 RE: ATM Aug 6, 2007 02:34 PM

                Metro Cafe is good and basic. The atmosphere is nice and comfy, the drinks are reasonably priced, and the food is nothing exciting, but there's something for everyone. I like it for a group.

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                  wryorwhite RE: ATM Aug 6, 2007 03:09 PM

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                    zoeterry RE: wryorwhite Aug 7, 2007 10:06 PM

                    The new(ish) Blue Ribbon bar on Downing Street (right next to Ditch Plains) has great wine flights. It is really small though. 4 would probably work, but 6 might be tough...

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                    cimui RE: ATM Aug 8, 2007 04:44 PM

                    I really like Divine Bar, as well--but one downside is that they keep their red wines too warm and their white wines too cold. Wines run from in the middle range of good; none are great. It definitely fits the fun and comfortable part of the bill, though.

                    The restaurant/lounge, Northwest, has some excellent wine flights (my fave is the Grgich) and good food if you want to eat there. It's a pricier scene.

                    Depending on whom you like to hang out with (30-something, consultant-type gen-x-ers), Bin 71 can also be fun. They don't do flights ,but have a lot of wines by the glass.

                    Landmarc (the closer of two locations to you is at the Time Warner Center) has well priced wines by the half bottle and bottle, which could be good for a group your size.

                    If you want really high end, Morrell wine bar at Rockefeller Center could be your cup of tea. Or glass of wine.

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