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Best Wine Bar that also serves good food in NYC?

dkantt Nov 24, 2009 10:20 AM

Hi all! I will be visiting NYC soon and I'm looking for the best up-scale Wine Bar that also serves great food. Any recommendation you may have will be helpful!


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  1. smokeandapancake RE: dkantt Nov 24, 2009 10:30 AM

    I thoroughly enjoy sitting at the bar at otto and eating/drinking. the bartenders really know their $hit.
    Bar Boulud and 'ino are nice choices as well.

    1. Steve R RE: dkantt Nov 24, 2009 11:08 AM

      I also really like Otto but I think that Terroir is terrific as well. Very different atmospheres.

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        newfoodie RE: Steve R Apr 21, 2010 12:30 PM

        Yes, Terroir is terrific. And they just opened a second Terroir in Tribeca. I believe it's much bigger.

        413 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009

      2. Rmis32 RE: dkantt Nov 27, 2009 06:14 PM

        Gottino on Greenwich Ave, W Village, has excellewnt food plus a nice selection of Italian wines.

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          cimui RE: Rmis32 Nov 30, 2009 03:31 PM

          Thanks for this rec. I've walked by a few times, but haven't been moved to walk in, until now.

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          kathryn RE: dkantt Nov 27, 2009 07:28 PM

          I'd go to the Monday Room, which has a lot more obscure wines, as well.

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            chow_gal RE: dkantt Nov 28, 2009 08:15 AM

            Blue Ribbon Downing Street Wine Bar.

            1. MMRuth RE: dkantt Nov 28, 2009 06:02 PM

              Although not discussed much on the boards, Bottega del Vino has a fabulous selection of Italian wines by the glass, served in small carafes, using the "right" wine glass for each wine. There is a more casual area in front with great panini, and then a more formal and more expensive area in the back with a more extensive menu.

              Also, I believe that all the wines at Artisanal are available by the glass. The food is decent, but the cheese selection is fabulous - it's a great place to sit at the bar, and try wines and cheeses.

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                mrsbutterworth RE: MMRuth Nov 28, 2009 06:51 PM

                Bar Baresco in Chelsea is great. And they are usually generous with the pour!

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                meezba RE: dkantt Nov 28, 2009 07:29 PM

                Otto is overrun and loud, most days/time of the week, so just be forewarned...but a great value and fun. If you're uptown, I'd recommend trying for a seat at Bar at Etats-Unis...In Vino in the East Village is also great for wine and tapas.

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                  kathryn RE: meezba Nov 28, 2009 08:33 PM

                  Etats-Unis closed.


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                  ExFlexitarian RE: dkantt Nov 29, 2009 07:09 AM

                  Sorella is really nice, and has mostly flown under the radar.

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                    expat108 RE: dkantt Nov 29, 2009 06:14 PM

                    Vai on the upper west side.

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                      allieb2031 RE: expat108 Apr 11, 2010 09:08 AM

                      I LOVE Vai, great food, wonderful ambiance and beautiful decor. I'm also a huge Uva fan. I also like the good food (simple) at Fig and Olive. Also, SanctuaryT in SoHo area has great food and lots of wine (and tea) for more of a ladies afternoon wine fix.


                      1486 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

                      225 West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024

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                      Scotty100 RE: c58 Nov 30, 2009 11:06 AM

                      Bar Carrerra at McDougal/W.Houston. Great tapas.

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                        fm1963 RE: dkantt Nov 30, 2009 11:18 AM

                        Bellavitae on Minetta Lane for Italian small plates.

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                          cimui RE: dkantt Nov 30, 2009 03:29 PM

                          Bar Boulud is a great suggestion. The Modern Bar Room and the London Bar are also great for food and wine and upscale. Other favorites, which are relatively casual, but not sloppy, include Casellula, Bar Jamon and maybe Alta.

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                            Upperwestsider RE: dkantt Apr 9, 2010 11:28 AM

                            I agree with many of the aforementioned choices; one neighborhood that no one has mentioned, however, is the financial district where you find Vintry (www.vintrynyc.com) on Stone Street. Outside tables, excellent wine and small plates. Can be $$. See if it fits your bill.

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                              kessdarln RE: Upperwestsider Apr 19, 2010 04:50 PM

                              Someone suggested Vintry to me as well. Going to check it out when I'm in that part of town. Sounds like a nice place.

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                              marbaces RE: dkantt Apr 10, 2010 01:18 PM

                              tangled vines. Fun food, great wine. A little noisy on weekends.

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                                Ricardo Malocchio RE: dkantt Apr 20, 2010 07:55 AM

                                Aroma Kitchen and Wine Bar

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                                  kessdarln RE: Ricardo Malocchio Apr 20, 2010 09:01 AM

                                  Richardo, Thanks! AK is actually on my list to go this year. Last year I was going there on Labor day and they called and cancelled my res since they decided to be closed. I've learned that a lot of places close on holiday Mondays in NY. Where I'm from, that is unheard of.

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                                    small h RE: kessdarln Apr 20, 2010 09:13 AM

                                    <I've learned that a lot of places close on holiday Mondays in NY. Where I'm from, that is unheard of.>

                                    That's because a lot of people go out of town for holiday weekends, and Manhattan gets (relatively) quiet and peaceful. Which is nice for those of us who stay in town, but not so nice for restaurants who have to pay their staff to stand around and do nothing.

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