Wine is always in season. Now that it's spring, the only difference from winter is that we indulge in our favorite reds, whites and rosés outside of our homes. To kick off alfresco wine-ing season, here are our favorites restaurants to enjoy wine and light bites:
Wallflower | West Village
235 W 12th St., New York, NY 10014
We love the attitude that wine director and co-owner Jason Soloway has toward wine:
“If it tastes great, who cares how much it is, or if it’s the right season? It’s only rotten grapes after all.” He travels frequently to sample wines and varietals from around the world, and only the best land on Wallflower’s wine list. Our current favorite is the Chateau de la Presle Touraine (2014), a Sauvignon Blanc from France's Loire Valley, best enjoyed outside at one of Wallflower’s alfresco tables.
June | Cobble Hill
231 Court St., New York, NY 11201
June is a richly decorated bar that will transport you to a luxurious weekend in Upstate New York. The entire staff is equipped to lead you through the bar’s European-focused wine list, which even includes orange wine (a must-try).
Lilia | Williamsburg
567 Union Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222
Although we highly recommend tasting Lilia’s highly-acclaimed Italian fare, we also suggest checking out the intimate bar in the back. The attendant will help you pick the perfect pre-dinner wine. Our favorite is the X.
Pylos | East Village
128 E 7th St., New York, NY 10009
Pylos is mostly known for its elevated Greek cuisine and the terra-cotta pots hung from its ceiling, but it also has one of the most unique selection of varietals in the city. We suggest going for the blends.
Epistrophy | Nolita
200 Mott St., New York, NY 10012
Romantic and simple, Epistrophy is a no-brainer for any occasion. Its wide-ranging, global wine list will please both oenophiles and novice wine drinkers.