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A Wine Lover's Guide To New York City

A Wine Lover's Guide To New York City
Ready for a wine adventure? We’ve found 10 essential spots for wine lovers in NYC. Starting from the Upper West Side and ending in Brooklyn, you’ll have a great time exploring NYC through wine with this guide.

Vanguard Wine Bar

Bar, Wine Bar, French, $$$
This casual wine bar on the Upper West Side has a lot to offer. Located conveniently near Lincoln Center, Vanguard is a great place for locals and tourists alike. The menu is divided by color and body, with wines from all over the US and Europe. Their small plates are French-inspired, so make sure to try a tartine with your Syrah. Feeling decadent? Try the Champagne float with candied cherries and vanilla ice cream.
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Casellula

Wine Bar, Pub Grub, Vegetarian, $$$
Wine and Photography
Wine and Photography | © Jinx!/Flickr
Next, head down to Hell’s Kitchen. If you’re seeing a show or just exploring Midtown, Hell’s Kitchen is the ideal neighborhood to escape the mayhem for a moment. Stop by Casellula for a little wine and cheese. They offer a variety of both, so the servers will help you out if you’re overwhelmed by the choices.
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Pierre Loti

Bar, Wine Bar, American, Italian, Tapas, $$$
A lot of wine
A lot of wine | © Rich Oldham/Flickr
With locations in Union Square and Chelsea, Pierre Loti offers a vast selection of wine and excellent Italian tapas. They have featured wines of the month and a variety of wines organized by country. If you’re looking for a wine bar on Valentine’s Day, Pierre Loti has a special including a sparkling wine, a bottle, a cheese plate and, of course, chocolate. The candlelit patio tables are ideal for a romantic date.
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Winebar

Bar, Mediterranean, French, Italian, Spanish, Tapas, $$$
This East Village spot is a great place for a date or to catch up with friends. The Mediterranean-style bar has a chic but welcoming atmosphere. If you’re hungry, try one of their main plates like grilled skirt steak au poivre with roasted rosemary potatoes. They even have a brick oven in the back where the chef prepares fresh pizza.
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Brooklyn Winery

Winery
Brooklyn Winery, Brooklyn
Brooklyn Winery, Brooklyn | Courtesy of the Brooklyn Winery
If you’re looking for a true winery, Williamsburg is the place to be. Brooklyn Winery, while a great spot for weddings and other events, also has its own wine bar where you can try wine made right here in NYC. Brooklyn Winery also hosts tours and tastings; just make a reservation ahead of time.
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The Chocolate Room

Bar, Wine Bar, American, $$$
The Chocolate Room: Hot Chocolate Float
Rich hot chocolate is crowned with vanilla ice cream | © Paul Takeuchi
Finish off your night at The Chocolate Room, a dessert wine bar in Cobble Hill. You can either pair your wine with a delicious dessert or go for one of their dessert wines. They have suggested pairings for their signature desserts, with everything from a brownie sundae to butterscotch custard with port.
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