Mark Twain once mused, ‘Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.’ There’s no better place to eat what you like than New York City
but dining out doesn’t come cheap, especially once you add drinks to your bill. Have no fear; we give you our comprehensive list of some of the city’s best BYOB spots.
Eleven Madison Park
Facing Madison Square Park and renowned for its upscale American cuisine, Eleven Madison Park has been ranked fifth in S. Pellegrino’s listing of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Meals at Eleven Madison Park consist of seven to nine courses. High ceilings and floral decorations foster an elegant atmosphere in which to dine on some of the city’s best fare. Opt for their BYOB option and pair your favorite wine with the likes of butter-poached lobster and an artisanal cheese plate.
Eleven Madison Park, 11 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 889 0905
Eleven Madison Park Crab Salad with Pickled Daikon Radish and Viola Flowers | © Francesco Tonelli
Restaurant, Italian, American, $$$
A Uruguayan haunt located on the south side of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, Tabaré is known for its cozy, intimate interior, and fresh, delicious food. The menu offers variations on traditional Mediterranean and South American dishes, from handmade gnocchi to crisp skirt steak, filet mignon sandwiches, and even empanadas. Note that Tabaré is cash only, but its BYOB policy will leave you with a far more reasonable bill at the end of the night.
Tabaré, 221 South 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 347 335 0187
Tabaré | © Nicolas Arellano
Song’ E Napule NYC
If you love Italian food, Song’ E Napule may just become your new favorite dinner spot. Start your meal with parmigiana di melanzane, fried eggplant dipped in a rich tomato sauce with creamy mozzarella cheese melted on top. Meat lovers will love their signature spaghetti alla bolognese, and nothing is better than pairing it all with a bottle of your favorite wine without the guilt of an overly expensive bill.
Song’ E Napule NYC, 146 West Houston Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 533 1242
One of NYC’s favorite BYOB spots, the East Village’s Raclette is all about rustic, handcrafted fare. Stop by for the quick lunch (Raclette was originally a takeout spot), or grab your favorite bottle of wine and head over for dinner. Be sure to make a reservation.
Raclette, 195 Avenue A, New York, NY, USA, +1 917 853 5377
Seafood restaurants in New York City are usually pricey and best saved for a special occasion. However, Petite Crevette offers fresh seafood dishes from within a romantic atmosphere at fair prices, which is a pretty big deal in this city. It has a BYOB policy (with a $5 corkage fee), so enjoy delicious seafood without breaking the bank. Note that Petite Crevette is cash only.
Petite Crevette, 144 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 855 2632
Located in East Williamsburg, Shinobi Ramen is known for its rich pork and miso-based broths. Despite the tiny dining area, Shinobi Ramen is always crowded with regulars who come for the super miso ramen or the tan tan ramen. Come for large, hearty portions at great prices, and bring a bottle of your favorite booze to make it a special occasion.
Shinobi Ramen, 53 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
Originally founded in Flushing in 1995, Joe’s Shanghai has now expanded to locations in Chinatown as well as Midtown Manhattan. Their signature dish is a soup dumpling; poke a hole in it with your chopstick, enjoy the hot broth that pours out, and enjoy the rest. Bring your favorite Chinese beer, and enjoy.
Joe’s Shanghai, 9 Pell Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 233 8888
Restaurant, Turkish, Mediterranean, $$$
Located on the Upper East Side, Agora serves authentic Turkish cuisine to the masses. From incredible hummus to authentic Babaghanoush with eggplant pancakes, and kebabs, this is the real deal. If you’re less familiar with Turkish cuisine, ask their friendly waitstaff for a recommendation. Don’t forget to bring your favorite bottle to accompany your meal.
Agora, 1565 2nd Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 717 1220
Restaurant, Pizzaria, American, Italian, $$$
Lucali is a cozy, candlelit pizzeria located in Carroll Gardens. The restaurant is known for its Italian comfort food, from thin crust pizzas to hearty calzones. With a wine store nearby, you can pick up a bottle of your favorite red or white, and prepare for a fantastic dining experience.
Lucali, 575 Henry Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 718 858 4086
Bakery, Bistro, Restaurant, French, $$$
Tartine is a French bakery and bistro located in the quaint West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. Try their signature spicy chicken, marinated in a spicy lemon sauce and served with French fries and guacamole on the side, or opt for the egg Norvegienne, poached eggs served with an English muffin.
Tartine Café, 253 West 11th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 229 2611