I could not possibly begin to count the amount of times I’ve made plans with someone to “grab a glass of wine.” I feel as though this has singularly become my go-to approach when catching up with friends, new and old. Although NYC has an uncanny variety of bars in all shapes and sizes and with all specialties, a few wine bars have emerged over my time here as go-to spots, without fail. Read on for the skinny on my favorite NYC wine bars.
The Ten Bells – This little spot on the LES has an amazing selection of organic wines, and has both a spacious center bar and a selection of high top tables. Bonus points if you make it there for oyster happy hour.
Anfora – The sister spot of the ever-classic Dell’Anima, this charming West Village wine bar has been my go-to spot for years. It’s a great option if you are not doing a full dinner, but still want to grab a light bite. I recommend the crostini selection for just this purpose (and have probably eaten about 100 of the ricotta, sea salt, and honey crostini in my lifetime).
Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar – Wine connoisseurs take note: you can craft your own tasting at this charming West Village wine bar. Choose 3 of the wines from their excellent list and don’t forget to ask for extra bread sticks.
Casellula – Hell’s Kitchen is normally a tough sell for us downtowners, but a trip to Casellula is well worth it. Come here for the most beautiful cheese plate accompaniment to your wine. Let them know what you like, and they will tailor your cheese selection to whatever wine you are drinking (as well as provide incredible condiment pairings for each cheese – think fresh quince and lovely stone ground mustard).
Bar Sardine – If people watching over a bottle of rose is your style, then post up at Bar Sardine any night of the week. The window counter runs the length of the restaurant, and looks out onto a little West Village corner that is always hustling and bustling. Another thing to note here is that they serve the Fedora Burger from their sister restaurant.
The Other Room – If you’re in need of a dark corner and intimate atmosphere, look no further than The Other Room. I personally like this spot for an after dinner or late evening glass of vino, and they have a great selection of craft beers as well.