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Snooth User: Chris Carpita

Wine Bars in NYC

Posted by Chris Carpita, Apr 29, 2008.

There's a lot of them, and I know some are better than others! I've been to the following:

1) Aroma Kitchen and Wine Bar, 36 E 4th St in Manhattan, betw. Lafayette + Bowery (212) 375-0100
Had a great flight for $20, very knowledgeable bartender to guide you.

2) Wine Bar Inc. 65 2nd Ave @ 4th St. -- not as personal as Aroma, and more expensive. Great cheese plate, wine list is separated by country (France,Spain,Italy). Selection is very good, don't expect as much help.


Reply by Mark Angelillo, Apr 29, 2008.

In the 'burg, Brooklyn:

DOC Wine Bar. 83 N. 7th St. Nice little Italian place. Good cheeses, too. Atmosphere is pretty rustic and I've never found it particularly crowded. Great for a date.

Stain. 766 Grand St. This place has more of a coffee shop vibe -- there are often performances. They have a few less expensive selections from New York, both the Island and Finger Lakes. Good if you're in the area, but I wouldn't go out of my way were I not around the corner.

Reply by DPollaci, Apr 30, 2008.

I just went to a great wine bar after work in the West Village called the 8th Street Wine Cellar. The bar itself is hard to spot on the outside (no sign) but the inside is lovely with lots of space and wood furnishings. I was happy to see that they had pretty good wine selection with half bottles available (try the Malbec!). The menu had fun items from the usual cheese plate to tuna sliders! Very reasonably priced, not overwhelming, and a friendly wait staff (imagine that). Definitely going back.

Reply by Philip James, May 1, 2008.

Inoteca, 98 Rivington St = always packed and looks popular. In fact I've never been able top get in, but i hear good things.

Bourgeois Pig Cafe, 122 E 7th St = quirky, teensy tiny hidey-hole. Cheaper prices, specials and great food - generally of the melted cheese fondue variety.

Otto enoteca and pizzeria, 1 5th Ave (8th St) = Mario Batali, but well priced. This place is always busy with beautiful people. Its a restaurant out back, but a wine bar at the front. Long queues to eat, but getting a quartino of wine is simple.

The wine blogger, Dr Vino, has a fairly comprehensive google map mashup:

Reply by Mark Angelillo, May 29, 2008.

I recently had the pleasure of checking out Otto. Amazing wine list and the food was very good. For the record, my friend and I were seated immediately (next to some beautiful people).

Morrell's Wine Bar, One Rockefeller Plaza. Very good wine list plus the opportunity to sit outside and watch the tour buses roll through the plaza. I found that the staff weren't very helpful. Seemed pretty green.

Divine West, 236 W 54th St. A great place to taste through a number of wines. These guys pour flights, so you can easily try 5-10 wines in an evening. The music was awful -- they actually played Weird Al's Eat it. Don't get me wrong, I actually like Weird Al, but I am savvy enough to know that this isn't standard fare. It wasn't playing loud though so it's still a good place in my opinion.

Reply by clintob, Jun 11, 2008.

Another *RESOUNDING* vote for Otto here. That place is out of this world. Then again, so is Babbo. Both worth every cent.

Reply by Daniel Petroski, Jun 22, 2008.

Oh, so many. La Bateau Ivre (Midtown West); Paradou (across from Pastis); Bar Jamon (Grammercy); Bar Veloce (7th Ave. outpost is much bigger); Enoteca i Trulli (27th Street); Il Posto Accanto (East Village) and Turks and Frogs (West Village). Enjoy!

Reply by oceank8, Jun 24, 2008.

Yeah, now I can join in here and say I have been to both Inoteca and Morell's. I liked them both but preferred Morell's. Not sure how often I would go there if I was a local, got pretty crowded. Would definitely repeat on a return visit however.

Reply by Stephen, Apr 21, 2009.

Gotta love the Snooth search. This appears to be almost a year old, I was wondering if anyone had any new suggestions, or if the ones listed were still the places to go.

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