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Snooth User: oceank8

New York wineries and must sees?

Posted by oceank8, Apr 11, 2008.

Okay, I hope I don't anger anyone for asking this, it may have been discussed before, but I can't find it. I am traveling to Manhattan in June. I have only been once before and saw the regular tourist stuff. This time I would like to see what the locals suggest. I saw the posts about Brooklyn and Long Island wineries and will try to check something out. But my question to all of you (especially those that live in the area), what is an absolute no miss for a wine lover and second time visitor?

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Reply by Philip James, Apr 12, 2008.

The long island wineries are pretty far away (2 hours drive), brooklyn ones are close though.

Some wine (and some not) related things:
- Go to Morells's wine store and look at the expensive bottles, then go to Morrell's wine bar and get a drink. This is all in the Rockefeller Center so you can go up to the roof and see the view from there too
- Not wine specifically, but an evening cocktail in the 30th floor lobby bar of the Mandarin Oriental has great views, thats in the Time Warner Center on 59th St
- Not sure what your 'scene' is, but there are lots of small Italian and other restaurants with good wines by the glass in the Lower East Side. This are is jumping on the weekends.
- Walk around the West Village at any time of day or night for maximum people watching

These things are less touristy. Give me a few clues about what you like and we can add to this.

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Reply by oceank8, Apr 12, 2008.

Sounds awsome, I am so excited about my trip. Italian food is my favorite so any suggestions there would be great. Love people watching and small dives that have good food. My husband really likes beer too (I know, don't know what to do with him). We will be flying in on a Thursday and leaving on Monday, so mostly over the weekend.

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Reply by Philip James, Apr 12, 2008.

You have to go here then: http://newyork.citysearch.com/profi... Great, vibrant Italian wine bar with good small plate food too. Honestly the whole Lower East side or West Village might be perfect for you - just walk around and duck into anywhere that takes your fancy.

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Apr 14, 2008.

For beer I'd suggest checking out Burp Castle in the east village. It's god a very peaceful monastery vibe to it, and the monks (bartenders) will actually shush people who make too much noise!

For less peaceful beer drinking (read: in a dive), you might try Peculier Pub. Nice selection with decent prices and a cool space.

Blind Tiger has some good taps but ends up being a bit more crowded than I'd like. Still it's worth a peek if you're in that area (west village).

And last but not least is the fantastic beer gardens Radegast or Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden. You'll have to be feeling a bit adventurous if you want to try those places... They're in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Astoria, Queens respectively. Definitely worth seeing though.

Radegast sometimes has a mustard ale on the menu which is one of the more alternatively flavored beers I've tasted. Both Radegast and Peculier Pub have the Rodenbach Grand Cru in the bottle -- it's a Flemish style sour ale and might appeal to a wine drinker's palate.

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Reply by oceank8, Apr 14, 2008.

Thanks so much for all the advice! I plan to do as many of these things as I can. It's nice to know a little about a place before you head there.

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Reply by benska, May 30, 2008.

Im heading off to New York next week.. I already noticed there's a free tasting happening in Chealsea Markets wine vault with Sebastiani Wines (anyone going?)... does anyone else know of any special events or must see's that I should check out between June 4-11?

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Reply by oceank8, May 30, 2008.

I will just be missing you. I am going to be there June 19th-23rd

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Reply by benska, Jun 3, 2008.

bummer.

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Reply by oceank8, Jun 24, 2008.

Just got back from NYC at 1:00am San Diego time (after a 6 & 1/2 hour delay at JFK, that was fun). Had a TERRIFIC trip thanks to all of you! Went to Morell's and, since it was my bday, my husband let me pick out 6 bottles of what we consider high end wine, to be shipped to me this week. Then we ate at the cafe, what a great place. We did the 30 rock tour and I liked it better than Empire State, much less crowded. Went to Mandarin Oriental after the free Comedy Central event in the park, what a beautiful place! Went to Inotecca and ate in the cellar, what cool wine selections. Spent many hours at Peculiar pub, this happened to be my husbands favorite thing of the whole trip (mine was shopping at Morell's!) Thanks to all of you for the great suggestions!

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Reply by Philip James, Jun 24, 2008.

Awesome! Glad you enjoyed it. We'd have come and said hi, but i'm not sure what your husband would have thought to see us 4 computer geeks who've never seen daylight hanging around.

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Jun 24, 2008.

Sounds like it was a great trip!

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Reply by oceank8, Jun 25, 2008.

We will have to meet up next time, yes, I hope there is a next time. My husband is a bit of a computer geek himself, just doesn't know quite as much as all of you.


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