Whether paired to perfect a meal, to de-stress after a hard day at work, or just because, a glass of fine wine is always a treat. From bold reds to sparkling whites, some of the City’s best spots boast wine lists to make any discerning wine lover giddy with rare, intriguing, and overall variety of wines. Haute Living has selected New York’s Top 5 Wine Lists in the city for you to raise your next glass to.
1 GILT at the New York Palace Hotel
Awarded with two Michelin stars, GILT is not messing around. In the heart of Midtown, their innovative menu is partnered with an extraordinary wine list, for which they are quickly being well-known for. The list resulted in their being bestowed with the 2010 Wine Spectator Best Of Award of Excellence. While their selections include several trophy bottles, such as the $6,200 1989 DRC Montrachet, they also boast a finely curated collection of the classics and the obscure.
455 Madison Ave.
This contemporary American restaurant’s world-renowned wine cellar holds an incredible 75,000-bottle inventory with a list of more than 3,000 selections, while reserve wines are drawn from the private cellars of Veritas founder and partner Park B. Smith. While the sheer variety and size of their collection may seem a bit overwhelming, fear not. Their inventory is overseen personally by Head Sommelier Rubén Sanz Ramiro and sommelier Alexandria Cubbage, both of whom have taken the utmost care to ensure that nothing but the finest make their list, including an unprecedented selection of Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
43 East 20th Street
While it is the delectable food that most diners initially come here for, their experience is heightened by the Upper West Side spot’s surprising list of wines. Also, the no-frills hotspot has seen some extra attention lately thanks to Chef Milton Enriquez’s growing celebrity status. Overseen by James Endicott, their wine list is not overwhelmingly large, but does contain some very special selections. The list includes some wonderful old Bordeaux and Burgundies, but also boasts nine vintages of Peter Michael “Cuvée Indigène” Sonoma Chardonnay dating back to 1991, some even in magnum.
208 West 70th Street
4 Eleven Madison Park
Having won the esteemed James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Service, you’d better believe their wine collection is amazing. Their similarly award-winning cuisine draws the world’s most discerning diners to enjoy their meals, matched with a list of fine wines that would make any aficionado sublimely happy. The massive 128-page collection of wines, beers, and spirits includes a widely varied selection of wines by the glass, the half bottle, or their entire collection of world-class full bottles. This huge variety allows for any of the wines to perfectly match the tastes of their high-end clientele.
11 Madison Avenue
This SoHo celebrity favorite has a wine cellar that was once a word-of-mouth bruise on the restaurant’s otherwise sterling reputation – that is, until Chris Goodhart took on the position as Balthazar’s wine director in 2003. Now, the cellar is well known as being painstakingly organized and offers handpicked selections from nearly every region in France, including many other impressive picks. Goodhart’s love for wines of discovery shows through to the list, which also contains many pleasantly surprising wines to discover, such as a lovely bottle of 1989 Brisebarre demi-sec Vouvray.
80 Spring Street