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New York City’s Best Restaurant Wine Lists

by Christy Canterbury MW



New York is one of the world’s most dynamic wine cities. At many of these addresses, wine directors vie to secure allocations of miniscule production wines while others seek out the most esoteric bottlings they can find – not that the two can’t come in the same package. Almost unbelievably, some producers seek out their colleagues’ wines here because they can’t find them at home.

The best NYC wine lists offer a diversity of styles and prices as well as wines that diners actually want to drink.  Enough with the quixotic somm faves! Alas, I am growing wary that some of NYC’s top restaurants – especially those with impressionable sommeliers - are starting to have “same-y” lists. Just as I don’t want to drink from a list of nothing but big brands, I also want more than the obvious cult and kool kid wines. I’m watching those lists (there are more than a few), and I hope that in time they (and their somms) will find their own personalities.

Discerning decision-makers can create concise lists that are as fascinating to explore as their tome-like brethren. Regardless the theme or size of these lists, all offer as dynamic a gustatory experience from their cellars as from their kitchens.

Related topics: Restaurants & Bars

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