Wine Enthusiast "Best Wine Bars of NYC"
October 2009

Wine bars in New York are as varied and eclectic as the city's inhabitants; a wine tour through Manhattan can take you around the globe and back again. Whether you are on the east side, west side, uptown or down, you are always a short walk away from an eye-opening international gustatory experience. Most bars offer small plates–tapas, cicchetti, or hors d'oeuvres–to accompany your glass of wine, emphasizing the pairings possibilities with countless global sips.

We've short-listed the standouts, chosen for depth of wine list, variety of wines by the glass, food and ambiance. Whatever your toast–Salud, Prost, Yassas, Salut or simply Cheers–raise a glass to New York City!

Upper West Side

Bar Boulud

Its cave-like vaulted ceiling, 32-page wine list and house-made charcuterie give Bar Boulud a "French village cooperative on steroids" vibe. Head Sommelier Michael Madrigale pours 50 labels by the glass and he and his staff will cheerfully recommend pairings for Executive Chef Damian Sansonetti's Lyonnaise-style specialties. Focusing on the wines of the Rhône Valley and Burgundy (and international "cousins" made from the same grapes), categories include value-driven Discoveries, and more familiar Classics and Legends. Also on offer are "Heart Throbs," (or wines they love) from around the world. The long wood bar is covered with large-format bottles and a round tasting bar in the back is used for weekly wine dinners. Among classics by the glass are Domaine Bernard Morey 2006 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Le Puits, and Coudoulet de Beaucastel 2006 Côtes de Rhône. Insituto Agrario di San Michele 2007 Müller-Thurgau from Alto-Adige is also a star, and if you're in the mood for bubbles, try a bottle of Henriot 1998 Brut Champagne. From the kitchen, enjoy flatiron steak with pea fricassee and chanterelles, slow baked wild striped bass with mahogany clams, or do the Black and White Tasting, which pairs blood sausage and truffled white sausage.

What's nearby: Restaurants: Per Se, Masa, Landmarc. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, home of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet and New York Philharmonic; Central Park