New York is home to some of the finest restaurants in the U.S., featuring dishes from France, Italy, America, and many more. Many restaurants offer a selection of wines from their own collection, but only few are good enough to satisfy the palate. For wine lovers, it is of great importance that wines work well with the dishes, or else, it will be a disastrous dining experience. There are so many New York restaurants to choose from, but only a few will rise to the occasion. So we bring you the top restaurants for wine lovers in NYC.
11 Madison Ave New York, NY 10010
Wine Director: John Ragan
*One of New York’s highly celebrated restaurants located in the Flatiron District has what it takes to take customers off the edge of their seats with wonderful dishes paired with the finest glasses or bottles of wine. Wine Director John Ragan is well acquainted with Chef Daniel Humm’s style of cooking. It is, maybe, one of the reasons why wine pairing at Eleven Madison Park is incredibly good. Palate for palate, he directs you to the best pairs the restaurant could offer. Choose from the wine list of over 2000 selection of wines from France to California. The list offers a great variation of prices, region and styles; depth of vintages; cuisine symbiosis; fairness of mark-ups; and the simple fact that it serves the main purpose of complementing well with the chef’s cuisine as well as standing bravely on its own.
1 Fifth Ave., Manhattan, NY 10003
Wine Director: Victor Pinkston
*Otto is a classic Italian pizzeria owned and run by Chef Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich. What seems like an ordinary pizza parlor for others is a sipping haven for many wine lovers in New York. Otto hosts an hour-and-a-half wine class every weekend at 2pm in the enoteca. Otto’s wine director, Victor Pinkston and the restaurant’s sommeliers will lead the class each week, offering specific classes for different elements one must know about wines. There’s the “discovery class,” which is all about the wine-making basics and introduction to Italian wine-producing regions and local producers. “Regional classes” talks about a specific wine region or a particular type of wine. The “Wine and Cheese class” tackles pairing Italian wines with Italian cheeses. And lastly, the “ultimate class” shares the best Italian wines ever produced. All classes are offered at $45/class with wine tasting at the end of each session, except for the Ultimate classes which are offered at $75/class.
Wine Director: Daniel Johnnes
Head Sommelier: Raj Vaidya
*A top notch French restaurant with one of the best wine lists in New York City. Daniel currently offers over 2000 selections of the best wines from 15 wine-producing countries within their wine cellar. Of course, there’s nothing that suits its cuisines better than the best selection of wines from French regions; Burgundy, Rhone Valley, and Lyon. The list also includes wines from Bordeux, Italy, California, and many more. Head Sommelier, Raj Vaidya will guide you to the best wine pairings that you can find at Daniel. You can start with the three-course Pre-Theatre Prix Fixe with wine pairings for $110, which are available from Monday to Thursday, 5:30-6:00pm.
43 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003
Wine Director: Tim Kopec
Head Sommelier: Ruben Sanz Ramiro
*This restaurant, which serves delicious contemporary American dishes, also boasts of a world-class wine list of over 3000 wine selections. Head Sommelier, Ruben Sanz Ramiro is responsible for guiding you to their best collection of wines, which includes wines from Burgundy, Bourdeux, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Wine director, Tim Kopec takes pride in offering the Veritas Market list, which includes the restaurant owner’s wine collections as well as wines which pair well with Veritas’ fantastic dishes.
10 Columbus Cir, New York , NY
Wine Director: Paul Roberts
Head Sommelier: Michel Couvreux
*New York’s leading French restaurant, Per Se seduces you with its menu of the most appetizing French cuisines courtesy of famed chef, Thomas Keller. And what better way to enjoy a meal than to pair it with the best wine on the list. It currently has a selection of over a thousand wines that are sourced from the world’s best wine-producing regions. Head sommelier, Michel Couvreux will be your guide to the best palate-dazzling wines to complement your dish. Couvreux is considered as one of the best sommeliers in the business, being awarded with some of the prestigious honors in the wine industry, including a few “best wine list” awards for the top restaurants he has worked with before Per Se.
163 Duane St, Manhattan, NY 10013
Wine Director/Head Sommelier: Adrien Falcon
*David Bouley’s flagship restaurant is considered as one of New York’s favorite fine dining restaurants. Bouley celebrates the chef/owner’s French roots, giving the classic cuisine some contemporary touch. But if there’s one thing that Bouley is truly proud of, it is their wine list which has been recognized by food and wine critics all over the state. Wine director/head sommelier Adrien Falcon provides the information and guidance when it comes to their great wine selection. His advice in wine pairings definitely earned him his own group of fanatics and followers in the wine industry as well, making Bouley an icon in both food and wine services. The Tasting menu is available for $175, with wine pairings for an additional $90.
85 10th Ave., Manhattan, NY 10011
Wine Director: Henry Davar
Head Sommelier: Cynthia Goddeau
*This Manhattan restaurant is another one of the few restaurants owned and run by the Batali-Bastianich partnership. Del Posto reflects what Italian dining is all about with very lavish, dramatic interiors and a live entertainment to set the mood. The restaurant celebrates a timeless evolution of the Italian cuisine with wine pairings complement well with the dishes. Del Posto’s head sommelier, Cynthia Goddeau will guide you into the restaurant’s best wine pairing from its 2000 Italian wine selection. It features the most exclusive and world-class wines from Italy’s best wine-producing regions, of which Piemonte is at the top of the list. Wine pairings are available at $125/person.
375 Greenwich St., Manhattan, NY 10013
Wine Director: David Gordon
Head Sommelier: Mollie Battenhouse
*Tribeca is one of New York’s finest restaurants, co-owned by award-winning actor, Robert de Niro along with respected restaurateur, Drew Nieporent. The restaurant is well known for their contemporary American cuisine while keeping a very notable wine list on hand. Head sommelier Mollie Battenhouse will help you in choose your wines within the restaurant’s 1,900 wine selection. The famed wine list includes one of the biggest collection of Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines, which have grown to over 300 in number. Tribeca’s wine list has been recognized and honored by the Wine Spectator Magazine, which only a few restaurants in New York were able to get hold of.
42 E. 20th St.,New York, NY 10003
Wine Director: Juliette Pope
*Gramercy Tavern is another New York-favorite restaurant in the Flatiron District. The restaurant, which takes the guests into a journey of the contemporary American cuisine, also boasts of a notable wine list that seduces wine lovers into their humble abode. The tavern’s loyal patrons regard the wine list as superb, which features wines from Napa Valley in California, and other international wine-producing regions such as Italy and France. Talk about an extensive list of Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Bourdeux, native Italian and Spanish red wines, pinot noir, red and white burgundy, chardonnay, Riesling, and a whole lot more. Juliette Pope, Gramercy Tavern’s wine director will guide you on your wine pairing choices that will complement your dish the best.
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019
Head Sommelier: Aldo Sohm
*Le Bernardin’s epic seafood fares have worked its way into the hearts and tummies of many New York foodies. But what’s truly inspiring about this restaurant is the passion and talent of the team behind every successful service. The restaurant currently sources 750 wines from different wine-producing regions in 14 countries, of which French wines lead Le Bernardin’s exclusive wine list. Le Bernardin head sommelier, Aldo Sohm is a living proof of the restaurant’s successful wine run. His talent and passion for wines are beyond exceptional. He will be your best friend in every course, taking you through the different wines and the pairings that will truly bring out the best results to your palate.
October 14th, 2011