This is a list of our favorite downtown wines bars in our hometown, New York City – perfect for those visiting NYC or locals who need a few new spots to check out.
- Terroir Tribeca. Has a fun wine list put together by its riesling-obsessed owner, Paul Grieco, and its very knowledgeable staff.
- Racines. An extension of a Parisian restaurant/wine bar and created in collaboration with the team at Chambers Street Wines, this charming restaurant serves delicious food out of an open kitchen and it’s wine list is worth checking out.
- Odeon. Opened by Keith McNally (who has been dubbed “the restaurateur who invented downtown” by the NY Times) in 1980 it has been a neighborhood staple serving good French bistro style food and wine to local residents for nearly 35 years.
Maslow6. (CLOSED) A cool space, interesting wines, and even a small outdoor space. Tip: buy a bottle in the shop and take it into the bar next door and pay a small corkage fee. Will probably be less than buying a bottle off the list.
- La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels. Another Parisian offshoot growing roots in NYC, this chic French wine bar serves great food along with a huge wine list. That said, look to wines sourced from the wine director’s native South of France for unique finds and good values.
- Pearl & Ash. One of the most interesting wine bars to have opened in recent years, it’s wine director, Patrick Cappiello, has created something unique with high-quality wines (many with some age) at accessible prices.
- Balthazar. Another one of Keith McNally’s bar/restaurants in the city, Balthazar is now mostly an outpost for tourists, although it is still a charming place to grab a drink and reminisce.
- Boqueria. Spanish tapas bar/restaurant offers many Spanish wines that you don’t typically see outside of Spain.
Lower East Side
- The Ten Bells. One of our all-time favorites, choose your wine off of blackboard list of well-curated wines, all from small producers, many organic. The space has great energy!
- Jadis. French wine bar with a good list and a cosy atmosphere.
inoteca. (CLOSED) An all-Italian wine bar-restaurant offers a good wine list that has some really unique offerings and some great values.
- In Vino Wine Bar. Cool, East Village vibe with a sophisticated, well-priced list. This is one of our favorite bars in the city and is run by the knowledgeable and entertaining Keith Beavers of ABC Wine Co.
- Pata Negra. Small place, tasty tapas, well-cultivated list of wines from throughout the Spanish peninsula.
- Terroir. Has a fun wine list put together by its riesling-obsessed owner, Paul Grieco, and its very knowledgeable staff.
- Edi and the Wolf. This bar/restaurant has great energy and an excellent selection of Austrian wines.
- Veloce. one of New York’s best known Italian wine bars.
- 8th Street Wine Cellar. Unpretentious wine bar with a solid list of wines and a fully stocked bar. Excellent happy hour deals.
- Otto. Large, stand-up bar area, massive Italian list. Every region represented with high quality options across a range of prices. Tasty Batali food as well.
- Corkbuzz. Wine bar located near Union Square by sommelier Laura Menaic. Well-curated list that highlights wines that provide typical expressions of their terroir. Also offers wine education.
- Anfora. A standby in the Village, very well curated list with unique bottles, good energy, and ample seating.
- Buvette. Intimate (tiny) wine bar with delicious small plates. Perfect for dinner and brunch.
- Gottino. Cute, well-run wine bar. Go twice and the owner will welcome you by name!
- Vin sur Vingt. Charming small wine bar with very friendly bartenders. Make sure you have our wine app on your iPhone to help navigate their French-only wine list!
- The Upholstery Store. (REOPENED) Romantic local hangout created by NYC’s most famous Austrian chef, Kurt Gutenbrunner.
- El Quinto Pino. is an excellent spot for Spanish wines and even sherry. Catch at bite at the bar’s sister restaurant, Txikito, for tasty Basque cuisine.
- Bar Jamon. Great Spanish wine options spanning the country from Catalunya to Galicia to Jerez.
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