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Need your BYOB favorites

ceriii Feb 13, 2008 04:02 AM

Coming in from Philly-which has a great collection of BYOB places I'd like to see what's availabe here--Please take a minute and share your favorite BYOB places--

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    Mr Porkchop Aug 12, 2011 08:05 AM

    If you are in Midtown at some point I believe Gazala Place is still BYOB, and how many times do you get to say you've had Druze food? Not sure about the one on the UWS.

    Gazala Place
    709 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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      susan robin Apr 26, 2010 01:58 PM

      Apiary on Monday nights only, it isn't cheap but the food is excellent.

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        ExFlexitarian Apr 26, 2010 02:56 PM

        $35 for the 3 course is still good at Apiary, right? That's still one of the best dinner deals in the city.

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          UWSHomeCook Nov 8, 2011 07:48 AM

          Just went to Apiary last night (Monday). There were 8 of us and we all brought a bottle of wine. Every single dish was excellent and Scott Bryan (who actually took care of pouring our wine all night) didn't flinch at dealing with all of those bottles.

          60 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

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          InSearchOfTacos Apr 26, 2010 09:28 AM

          has la sirene not been mentioned on this post?? thats my pick for best byo in the city

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            aahnnt Feb 14, 2008 07:04 AM

            I went to Antoinette's in Harlem at 113th and Frederick Douglas the other night. Its a new American / pasta / comfort food menu and has been around for about 6 months. Its BYOB at the moment - this may change in the future I understand. I had chicken with fresh tomato salsa (really tasty - it was little grape tomatos that were cooked but not burst, so they were little concentrated bites of goodness) and sides of sauteed mushrooms and sauteed spinach.

            if you brought in a bottle of wine, you could have a nice dinner for 2 for $40-50 with an appetizer and desert.

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              geg5150 Feb 14, 2008 07:53 AM

              Love, love, love Tartine in the WV for BYOB and great, cozy French meals. It's a tiny place and they don't take reservations, but it's worth it. Brunch is great too!

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                cmballa Feb 14, 2008 08:13 AM

                I heartily agree

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                  wontonfm Feb 14, 2008 09:26 PM

                  I forgot about Tartine! So good. Be warned, it's a tight space. But the food is consistent and I don't think they charge a corkage fee (correct me if I'm wrong... which I may very likely be).


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                    cmballa Feb 15, 2008 06:51 AM

                    Pretty sure they don't (I don't remember ever being charged).

                    It's the best in warm weather. Outdoor seating really opens the place up.

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                umisquirrel Feb 14, 2008 06:01 AM

                You should really try Ivo and Lulu. It's a French-ish place at Broome and Varick. We always bring a couple bottles of wine there, and the food is really great, especially the appetizers!

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                  uwsister Apr 26, 2010 09:21 AM

                  I was gonna say Ivo & Lulu as well as its sister restaurant uptown, A Cafe and Wine Room. Both BYOB, no corkage fee.

                  Le Sirene hasn't been mentioned?

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                  abud Feb 13, 2008 11:22 AM

                  Phoenix Garden on 40th btw 2nd and 3rd. BYOB cash only. Very reasonably priced for almost always excellent fresh food.
                  Here's the thing--I say almost always because we've had one or two upsets--like my SO's pork dumplings once had to be sent back because they were kind of, well, raw.
                  But the food is SO TERRIFIC 95% of the time, that we keep going back.

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                    fein Feb 13, 2008 11:30 AM

                    i love phoenix garden. never had a bad experience.

                  2. DarthEater Feb 13, 2008 09:17 AM

                    Elyssa dido in the lower east side serves moroccan food and byob.

                    1. MMRuth Feb 13, 2008 08:01 AM

                      At the risk of being called out by Tipsy again for suggesting this place (grin), Square Meal is a relatively new restaurant on the UES that is serving wonderful American food and great desserts.

                      1. Vinoguy Feb 13, 2008 07:10 AM

                        If you can score a reservation, Little Owl (and I believe Market Table, their 2nd restaurant) allow you to bring 1 bottle in with no corkage.

                        Both in West Village - both very good and pretty reasonably priced. Lamb T-bones at Little Owl worth the 90 minute drive from Philly alone...

                        Little Owl
                        90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

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                          rrems Feb 14, 2008 06:04 AM

                          No, apparently they now charge for corkage, $20 I think.

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                            callanstout Apr 26, 2010 08:30 AM

                            Unfortunately the little owl has changed it's corkage policy. It's not a $50 corkage fee for the 1st bottle. Market Table is still $20 for the first bottle, and they ask that you only bring one.

                            Market Table
                            54 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014

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                              callanstout Aug 12, 2011 07:12 AM

                              little owl has changed it's policy. It now has a $50 corkage fee on all bottles.

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                              wontonfm Feb 13, 2008 05:52 AM

                              Some of the Indian restaurants in the East Village (around 6th Street and 1st Ave) are BYOB.


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                                scarlet starlet Feb 13, 2008 07:57 AM

                                This is true, but none of those places serve even decent Indian food!

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                                jennifer56 Feb 13, 2008 05:43 AM

                                My ultimate favorite BYOB place in manhattan is Kuma Inn. It is asian tapas. It is pretty close to Sticky rice also. For kuma inn, I suggest making a reservation. The food is excellent, try the asian sausage.

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                                  ps22 Apr 26, 2010 02:42 PM

                                  I second Kuma Inn. The food is great and the vibe is cool and unpretentious. I also like Tartine, but have only been for brunch so not sure about dinner.

                                  Kuma Inn
                                  113 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

                                  253 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

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                                    biondanonima Aug 12, 2011 12:07 PM

                                    I've never been a huge fan of the food at Tartine but it's certainly serviceable - if you're in that neighborhood and you need to BYOB, I wouldn't hesitate to go.

                                    253 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

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                                  janellegunther Feb 13, 2008 05:20 AM

                                  A lot of my friends really love the Cube 63 sushi restaurants. A new-ish place called Sticky Rice (Thai) is very good - I have been there once shortly after it opened and we had great service in addition to a great meal.

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                                    mjh5821 Feb 13, 2008 07:04 AM

                                    Cube 63 is pretty good sushi that's very affordable. Space is small and noisy, but I'm in there all the time for a good, cheap meal.

                                    Sticky Rice is very good, and a little larger and more relaxed.

                                    Depending on how many people you have, I'd also recommend Nook on 9th Ave in Midtown. As you'd guess, it's very tiny, but the food is great.

                                    746 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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                                      biondanonima Aug 12, 2011 12:06 PM

                                      I second Nook - the food is nothing particularly inventive but it's always delicious. However, it's tiny and even with a reservation, you will wait. Outside.

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