After recently visiting California, it’s impossible not to get bitten by the wine bug. Luckily in New York City there are a bevy of wine bars to get my grape fix. Paired with just the right bites, they elevate the wine experience to a whole new level. Since it’s cheaper than flying to Napa or Paso Robles, check out these New York City wine experts.
Riposo 72 (50 West 72nd Street) Get in touch with your Italian wine favorites at Riposo 72. You must order a flatbread piled high with toppings and zest. The staff is always attentive and helpful when choosing your perfect glass. The wild mushroom pizza with goat cheese ($17) and the sweet Italian sausage with broccoli rabe ($19) are amazing. Everyday from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. and all day Sunday and Monday take advantage of a margherita flatbread pizza special with a glass of wine or a pint of craft beer for only $19. Monday through Friday they also offer 20% off wine by the bottle or glass and specialty flatbreads from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. The window lined room is great for small groups and couples.
Vanguard Wine Bar (3 locations) Looking for your French wine fix? Vanguard specializes in affordable wines and bites from the French region. Try a grenache or white burgundy and instantly transport your senses to the home of most varietals. I like that small plates start at $5 like roasted almonds with sea salt. The flatbreads are the perfect balance of sweet and salty to bring out the nuances in your wine. Try the ham, onion and gruyère pizza ($11). The cheese and meat plate is a generous portion of food for only $20. It’s small and intimate dining room is perfect for a date night.
Wine:30 (41 East 30th Street) Wine:30 offers a full upscale menu including both small and large plates plus a wine list of 300+ bottles from all over the world. Pick this destination if you’re looking to impress the most finicky wine snobs in your life. The steamed mussels ($16) and pan seared fish tacos ($15) are nice light choices. The menu includes house made pastas and pink peppercorn New York Strip steak ($29). Try the brioche french toast ($12) if you visit during brunch. There are two rooms for dining and a backyard heated patio to enjoy.