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NYC WINE & DINE
By Chel of Chel Loves Wine
If there are two things NYC is good at, it’s bars and food. Those happen to be two things I’m really good at enjoying as well. As you can probably imagine, there are a plethora of great, mediocre and poor wine bars in New York City. I once heard a stat that there are enough bars and restaurants in NYC for one person to eat somewhere different every day for 54 years, without eating at the same place twice. It’s freaking ridiculous to be honest.
Unless you live here you’re probably not going to find the good places on your own. You’ll need some help. I’ve given you some help right here. Check out my five favorite wine bars in NYC. I have a few more favorites but these ones are nicely spread out throughout Manhattan so hopefully by the time you’re ready for some wine, you’re close to one of these. Happy drinking.
CORKBUZZ WINE STUDIO – Greenwich Village
Plain and simple why I love this place: the atmosphere. This place was created by a Master Somm named Laura Maniec who loves to share her knowledge of wine so much that CorkBuzz offers wine tasting classes for all levels of wine lovers. Classes vary in price but they all include cheese and bread (that’s enough for me!)
AYZA WINE & CHOCOLATE BAR – Midtown
Ayza is nicely located by my office in Midtown so this makes the perfect after work spot. They offer 90 different wines and champagnes and amazing food. If you check in on Yelp while you’re here you get a free glass of wine (which for a poor girl like me is all the reason I need to come here). They also offer fun nights like “ladies night out” and “date night” where they have specials going on.
THE TEN BELLS – Lower East Side
Dimly lit, kind of sketchy but pretty freaking cool is the only way I can describe Ten Bells. All of the wines they serve here are produced from organic or biodynamic grapes with almost no intervention from the winemaker. Their wine list is from small producers and is pretty unusual, but awesome. And they serve tapas.. so yeah. You should check it out.
BRICIOLA – Hell’s Kitchen
Briciola is just perfect. It’s quietly nestled on West 51st in Hell’s Kitchen, away from all of the outrageously loud bars and clubs. Never fear tourists, it’s still located very close to the theatre district! See a show then get some bomb Italian food and wine. Seating is family style and the decor is top knotch. I mean just look at that photo below, it’s like you’re sitting in a wine cellar. Not only is the wine amazing here, but so is the food.
ANFORA – West Village
First of all, I love the West Village and Anfora is located right next door to one of the best Italian restaurants in the West Village, Dell’anima. Stop by for a pre-dinner drink or just stay all night. Anfora offers small plates to snack on as you sip from an impressive list of wines from biodynamic, organic, and sustainable growers.