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Best Wine Bar that also serves good food in NYC?

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

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      1. re: Steve R

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

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        1. re: Rmis32

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

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

          1. Blue Ribbon Downing Street Wine Bar.

            1. 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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              1. re: MMRuth

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

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

                    1. re: expat108

                      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

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

                      1. Bellavitae on Minetta Lane for Italian small plates.

                        1. 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.

                          1. 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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                            1. re: Upperwestsider

                              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.

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

                                1. re: Ricardo Malocchio

                                  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.

                                  1. re: kessdarln

                                    <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.