FOOD AND DRINK
Corked: A Primer to New York City's Wine Scene
The New York wine scene is practically exploding right now, with a clutch of iconoclast somms who check snobbery at the door and bring a fresh new approach to vino. From the adventurous and unpretentious to the expectedly highbrow, here’s a guided tour of where to go get a great bottle.
If you see the sign Terroir, you can’t go wrong, be it the one in Tribeca, Murray Hill, or the East Village. Tribeca is the largest of this small chain of accessible and unpretentious anti-wine bar wine bars, known for being subversively unpretentious and meccas for those who want to sample from the massive and eclectic list of carefully chosen vintages.
Terroir Tribeca, 24 Harrison Street, 212-625-9463
The Ten Bells
With its emphasis on natural wines, you’re not likely to find many Robert Parker picks at The Ten Bells. This wine bar is an antidote to the 100-Point Scale, since its small, rotating list chosen by obsessive wine-hounds is geared at eclectic tastes and those with an adventurous palate.
247 Broome Street, 929-226-1876
Corkbuzz Union Square
Want to learn all about funky, super-trendy orange wine? Then Corkbuzz Union Square is the place for you. Since Corkbuzz is more than a wine bar (you can also take classes and get schooled in all the hot new varietals), its staff is super-knowledgeable about the list. And if you just want to drink great wine and leave learning to the other people, it’s a good place to do that too, since this centrally-located bar offers great food and plenty of beer and cocktail alternatives. Corkbuzz doesn’t take itself too seriously, even though it’s dead serious about the wine in your glass.
Corkbuzz Union Square, 13 East 13th Street, 646-873-6071
La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
NoLIta’s charming new world brasserie La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels boasts hundreds of novel choices by the glass or bottle from around the world, including up-and-coming dark horse regions such as Lebanon and Israel. These outliers pair perfectly with Paris bistro staples like duck confit and tartare, perfect for sating the cravings of the city’s many Francophiles.
249 Centre Street, 212-343-3660
Aldo Sohm Wine Bar
Midtown’s sleek, modern, and luxurious Aldo Sohm Wine Bar is a spin-off of the legendary Le Bernardin so, as you might expect, this wine bar is food-centric, uncompromising, and a pretty good place to blow the bank. From foie gras to fondue, every course is offered with a perfect pairing. Best to follow the instructions, since these guys know what they’re up to.
151 West 51st Street, 212-554-1143
Vin Sur Vingt
In the West Village, Vin Sur Vingt serves 20 whites and 20 reds and, to many, scores perfectly with its expertly curated selection. As you might expect, the list is heavy on simple, authentic French wines, which are offered by the glass or, for those who want to do a progressive tasting, in flights.
1140 Broadway, 646-922-7700
A bar devoted more or less entirely to champagne? Yes, please! That’s the genius concept over at Champagne Charlie’s, a rooftop garden at the High Line Hotel that offers light snacks and a wide range of sparkling wine by the glass. Since it’s an outdoor space, it’s only open in the warm weather, which they try to stretch out as long as humanly possible with patio heaters.
180 10th Avenue, 212-929-3888
Clinton (a.k.a. Hell’s Kitchen) isn’t exactly known for its great bars, but Casellula on 52nd is a casual little spot that strives for greatness with first-rate cheese plates and spot-on wine suggestions. Always concerned about its carbon footprint, this little bar stresses natural, biodynamic, and organic choices whenever possible.
401 West 52nd Street, 212-247-8137