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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, $$$
This casual wine bar on the Upper West Side has a lot to offer. Located conveniently near Lincoln Center, Vanguard is a great place for locals and tourists alike. The menu is divided by color and body, with wines from all over the US and Europe. Their small plates are French-inspired, so make sure to try a tartine with your Syrah. Feeling decadent? Try the Champagne float with candied cherries and vanilla ice cream.
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Wine Bar, Pub Grub, Vegetarian, $$$
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, $$$
A lot of wine
A lot of wine | © Rich Oldham/Flickr
With locations in Union Square and Chelsea, Pierre Loti offers a vast selection of wine and excellent Italian tapas. They have featured wines of the month and a variety of wines organized by country. If you’re looking for a wine bar on Valentine’s Day, Pierre Loti has a special including a sparkling wine, a bottle, a cheese plate and, of course, chocolate. The candlelit patio tables are ideal for a romantic date.
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Bar, Mediterranean, French, Italian, Spanish, Tapas, $$$
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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Amélie Wine Bar

Wine Bar, Bar, French, $$$
Champagne Pour
Champagne Pour | © Didriks/Flickr

Amélie Wine Bar

Head over to Greenwich Village for wine and cheese at French haunt Amélie. Amélie offers a happy hour between 4pm and 7pm, so you can try a flight with three wines for $12. Since this is located near Washington Square Park, take in the sights and stop in to try traditional French dishes and cheeses.

Amélie, 22 West 8th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 533 2962

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Brooklyn 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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