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Living Large

43 East 20th Street
New York, NY 10003

It’s hard to think of another restaurant in New York City where wine lovers would rather go to drop some dough on their favorite vintages. Veritas has been at the top of its game for years now and the wine list is the huge draw. The current menu is full of familiar classic, well-prepared and properly seasoned to work with wine, naturally.  Just think what magic wine could bring to a typical dinner composed of a Warm Morel Mushroom Salad followed by a Pan Roasted Veal Chop served with Short Rib Ravioli!

Of course, what they really should start each table out with is some beef jerky, as you’ll need time and sustenance to get you through the mammoth wine list! Patience is a virtue here, and knowing what you want helps too because you might otherwise spend your entire night reading through the thousands of selections. There are few steals on the list, but the values abound, particularly when you consider the perfect provenance of these bottles (many were sourced from the private cellars of founder and partner Park B. Smith).

Some recent values on the list:

1992 Dunn Howell Mtn Cabernet in magnum $370
1993 Edmunds St. John Grand Hermitage in magnum $250
1986 Chateau Gruaud Larose in magnum $370
1995 Jasmin Cote Rotie in magnum $220
1989 Giuseppe Rinaldi Brunate Riserva in magnum $470

There were some other values in single bottles on the list as well, but it looks like if you want to get the most out of Veritas, go large or go home!

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  • Snooth User: Hana Choi
    Hand of Snooth
    803609 935

    Ditto on Otto! We had a thoroughly enjoyable meal with delicious, fairly priced pairings.

    Thanks for including 8th Street Cellar - with its great happy hour (I think $18 bottles, 4p-7p), it's a favorite and reliable neighborhood gem!

    Aug 30, 2011 at 3:21 PM

  • During happy hour they @ 8th Street Wine Cellar, they offer $18 bottles, and a decent selection too. This is where I got my friend, a die-hard pinot grigio drinker for the 10+ years I've known her, to try something different ... and the rest is history. We continue to go here and she relies on me to pick the bottle from the happy hour list.

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:29 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 238,749

    Love the love for the wine bar! It's a great place to try something new, which is part of what makes a good wine bar good!

    Aug 31, 2011 at 11:16 AM

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