How do we love a post-workday glass of Chassagne Montrachet? Let us count the ways. Meet our top five sipping spots in NYC.
1 City Winery
It's a vintner. It's a restaurant. It's...City Winery. The first of its breed in the country's culture capital. Michael Dorf's urban winery deluxe combines fine wining and dining with a variety of intimate concerts as well as private and public events. Simply put: one may make a custom bottle of wine, grab a few plates and a flight in the Barrel Room, move it on over to the main space for a noteworthy performance, or even get married. Top all that with over 400 international producers and 20 in-house varieties. It's the bona fide total package of Manhattan's wine community.
155 Varick Street between Spring and Vandam Streets
2 La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
The dossier: 70 seats, two notable co-chefs, and 21 pages showcasing the 600-wine cave à vin. A polished, intimate setting meets rustic industrial décor in this Centre Street watering hole. Or wining hole, rather. Come hungry and in a Gallic state of mind; La Compagnie's house-made charcuterie and fantastically French small plate selection make for killer pairings and irresistible photo ops. Verdict: perfect for sipping and supping.
249 Centre Street between Broome and Grand Streets
3 Aria Wine Bar
All hail the queen of quaint. This string-lit, shiny white brick-adorned West Village wine mecca features vini produced exclusively by female vintners around the globe with reasonable price points and standout European-inspired small plates. A worthy reward for the wait one may endure for a seat during prime dining hours. Girls' night, date night, or a solo mission are all perfect reasons to hop on over to Perry Street's sweet little enoteca.
4 Turks & Frogs
West Village just got Anatolian. Head here for an ultra mellow vibe with Old World décor, Mediterranean plates, and uncommon wine varieties including Turkish bottles scattered throughout the impeccably curated international wine list. Grab a stool at the dimly lit bar or cozy up on the leather couch in the back room and get ready for the wait staff to drop some Ottoman knowledge. Can't decide? Never fear. Bottles are categorized by characteristic in a user-friendly fashion for all levels of wine connoisseurship to enjoy. The mercimek kofte (puréed red lentil balls with scallion, onion, and parsley) and dolma stuffed grape leaves are a must for the Byzantine palate.
Anfora. Know what that means? Okay, we'll tell. This wine bar's name is a reference to the clay vessels used in ancient Greece and Rome to store and transport wine, a practice resurfacing in modern day production. Cool, right? The Anfora crew, the very team behind dell'anima, L'Artusi, and L'Apicio, have introduced the rare fruits of the anfora aging process to New York City wine enthusiasts for a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Pair with a selection of domestic and imported cheeses and charcuterie. Or anything else on the menu, for that matter. And save room for the Nutella and sea salt panino.
34 Eighth Avenue between Jane and West 12th Streets