From the neon lights of Times Square, the sprawling green of Central Park, and skyscrapers being hugged by the clouds in the Financial District, there is an endless list of attractions for any tourist – and even resident New Yorker. It’s certainly easy to get lost in the bright lights of NYC, ripe with great landmarks, events, and establishments. With so many options in the sprawling city, where are the hottest spots to partake in good company, great drinks, and relaxation amidst an inviting, sexy atmosphere?
Wine lovers and wannabe somms, you’re in luck. Taylor Magazine has narrowed down the best spots to sniff, sip, and swirl your way to varietal ecstasy. Check out 8 of the hottest wine bars in New York below, just begging for your attention.
What time is it? It’s Wine:30. Take a seat at the full-service bar, settle in at one of their cozy dining tables, enjoy the fresh air in the all-season garden, or book a private event in their beautifully excavated wine cellar. Located in the Murray Hill/Kips Bay neighborhood, this quaint little spot is great for happy hour or drinks into the wee hours.
With its remarkable collection of wines by the glass and bottle, varied dining options, friendly service, and tasteful, comfortable space, Anfora is an urbane yet approachable staple in the West Village.
Carefully curated by Epicurean Group’s Executive Beverage Director Joe Campanale, Anfora’s wine list reflects the resurgence of amphorae-aging among some winemakers, and places with a strong focus on Old World wines.
Anfora’s beverage program also extends into cocktails, featuring a seasonal selection of mixed drinks. Named for the traditional earthen wine vessels used to store and transport wines in Ancient Greece and Rome (amphorae), Anfora celebrates the time-honored traditions of winemaking and wine drinking.
City Winery is the brainchild of Michael Dorf, founder of the iconic Knitting Factory, one of New York’s longest running music venues, wanted to create a space in Manhattan where he could combine his shared passions for wine and music. “With a lineup of good musicians as well as interesting winemakers who will be offering talks and tastings, I’ve got a lot of reasons to want to hang out at City Winery.” – Eric Asimov, The New York Times
A long, dramatically lit space with big booths and a marble bar, this charming Cobble Hill hangout pours natural European wines (plus beers, cocktails and digestifs) alongside a short and sweet New American menu of inventive seasonal small plates; the intimate vibe ups its date-night appeal. – Zagat
“Continuing with its trademark irreverent spirit, Terroir Wine Bar in New York City is a standout in the vibrant American wine bar scene, and a trailblazer for its legions of imitators worldwide — a worthy winner, then, of the World’s Best Wine Bar 2015.
With its artfully rough-and-ready punky design and typefaces, and its pop cultural references, it would be easy to dismiss the Terroir list as so much fashionable noise, but its appeal is down to more than presentation.
The wines may be very much of the moment. But there is a coherent stylistic thread running through the list of fully paid up natural wines, sympathetic fellow travelers, and traditional small producers — many of them available by the glass.” World of Fine Wine
There’s a sultry wine-cellar vibe in play at this gorgeous LES basement offering delicious Venetian small plates (and particularly wonderful pastas) to a crowd of hipsters, artists and the Uptowners who love them; flickering candles keep things seriously romantic, so it’s perfect for a date. – Zagat
Located in midtown and inspired by each city block, Aldo Sohm Wine Bar embodies the energy of New York with the laid back atmosphere of Aldo’s own living room. Designed with wine director Aldo’s relaxed approach to good food and wine in mind, you are invited to drink, eat, share, relax and enjoy.
With its winning Spanish wine list (don’t forget about the boozy horchata slushie), rewarding tapas, and “oh isn’t this cute” tininess, the nine-year-old El Quinto Pino keeps a steady crowd of loyal customers. Check out the review from The New York Times here – El Quinto Pino is a required stop on your tour of the best NYC wine bars.