Best Wine Bars in NYC
Pop 5: Best Wine Bars Around Town
Now that we're in the natural disaster clear, it's time for a drink and a celebratory toast. Last week, we revealed your top beer garden picks but what about your wine bar winners? Get wined up on your Pop 5 spots, chock-full of rare labels, stellar sommeliers (without the attitude), candlelit intimacy, quirky qualities, region specialties, and an affordable selection to boot. Whether you're a red, white, or rosé enthusiast, your fellow Sugar winos have curated a grape-gratifying list.
- Gottino (52 Greenwich Ave., 212-633-2590, pictured above) To avoid being pigeonholed into just another wine bar, Chef Jody Williams, along with partner Michael Bull, christened Gottino as a "gastroteca" — their made-up word for an Italian pub. Reader Carine C. says, "Gottino embodies the old-world warmth of a classic wine bar with its long marble table and rustic lighting. There are no gimmicks and no pretension, just great wine, dinner-worthy food, and super knowledgeable waiters who won't make fun of you when you mispronounce 'sauvignon blanc.'"
- Cafe Moto (394 Broadway, 718-599-6895) Located right under the BQE, Cafe Moto should not be overlooked as the perfect date spot. PopSugar editorial assistant Mackenzie W. raves, "the selection is small but exotic, so that you're always trying something new but never overwhelmed. The staff really listens to what you like in order to point you in the right direction. Plus, it's under the train, so you feel like you're really in a 1920s speakeasy. It spirits me away from whatever is going on in the city to a dreamlike state that has no specific place or time."
- The Bodega (24 Saint Nicholas Ave., 646-924-8488) Reader Veronica C. recommends The Bodega as her Bushwick wine bar go-to and we have to agree. The Brooklyn bar has an ever changing wine and beer menu with 20 wines available by the glass or bottle, six draft lines, and a top-notch bottled beer list. Owners Ben Warren and Gina Leone, both self-admitted Spanophiles, named the spot "bodega" as way to express two missives. In Spanish, bodega means "wine cellar" and in NYC, it's slang for the corner store where you hang out and buy beer and bread. Mission accomplished. The Bodega is perfect for chilling out with a glass of great wine or a solid pint.
- Terroir (413 E. 12th St., 646-602-1300; 24 Harrison St., 212-625-9463) Touted as the "elitist wine bar for everyone," it certainly lives up to its mantra. With a binder thick with on-site pour options, you can taste a good share of wines (at 3 ounces each) and glean a better sense of what wines you like and dislike in one sitting than sticking to just one kind.
- Uncorked (322 E. 59th St., 646-429-8365) This Midtown East bar creates a cozy atmosphere, so that wine can be enjoyed comfortably. Reader Nancy C. says, "it's tiny but mighty," and that's enough vin-spiration to see what Uncorked has up its sleeve. The wine bar carries more than 25 wines by the glass and 30 by the bottle from around the world. New specialty wines are rotated into the selection every couple of weeks to keep wine enthusiasts on top of wine trends.