A Wine Lover’s Guide to Summer Sips in The City
I’d love to find out about the best New York City wine bars with outdoor spaces. Can you suggest where to go?
Our friends at Swirl Events share with us their favorite wine bars with outdoor spaces. Cheers, everyone!
34 White St., at Church St., Manhattan; 212.625.2800
When the occasion requires you to behave, a more refined setting is called for, at least until you’ve tasted through the first bottle. Their mostly Italian list covers lesser-known regions waiting to be explored such as Sardinia. Hint, if you like Grenache, try a Cannonau, Grenache’s Italian equivalent.
54 Irving Pl., near 17th St., Manhattan; 212.477.1010
While not technically a wine bar (ok, or not at all), Pure Food & Wine has the best garden in Manhattan. To top it off, you can actually get a table here on a gorgeous day without a wait. And the last time I visited, Giselle was a few tables over, sans Tom Brady. If raw food isn’t your thing, this restaurant is likely to convert you. If not, just skip the edibles and relax for few hours at the outside bar. The list caters more toward American wines and always has a great Willamette Valley Pinot Noir or Walla Walla, Washington Syrah on hand.
For more information: Pure Food & Wine
87 Lafayette Ave., between S. Elliot Place and S. Portland Ave., Fort Greene; 718.624.9443
An impressive and affordable “by-the-glass” list ensures you can dabble in their wide selection if you’re lucky to snag a spot at the bar, or better yet, the garden patio. And with over 200 bottles on the main list with a bent toward Italy and France, you can keep coming back time after time. A solid spot for a date or an intimate group – or in our recent case, a trio of tipsy and therefore loud sippers, who so thoroughly enjoyed the wine flights that we stayed for dinner.
For more information: Stonehome Wine Bar
65 Second Ave., at 4th St., Manhattan; 212.777.1608
While we don’t give them points for creative naming, we do love their sidewalk seating. The location is the perfect daytime spot for people watching. Head into the dark-wooded interior for communal tables that still manage to create a “big date” atmosphere. Skip the apps and look straight to wines by the bottle. The list covers France, Italy, and Spain with an interesting selection of some less familiar producers and regions. The helpful and ever patient staff knows their stuff, so don’t be afraid to ask for their favorites in your price range. You can easily snag a quality bottle under $40.
For more information: Winebar
286 Columbus Ave., between 73rd and 74th Sts.; Manhattan; 212.579.9463
This is the place for wine-loving Upper West Siders and the people who love them. If you can get past the hammed up photos on the website, this is a great spot, but be forewarned, it fills up quickly. Having received Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence in 2007 and 2008, Wine & Roses has a laudable 40 wines by the glass and nearly 200 wines by the bottle with a well-rounded cheese list.
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