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12 Charming New York City Wine Bars (For Every Occasion)

Best wine bars New York City

Forget Napa Valley, the Big Apple might surprise you with its vibrant and diverse wine scene. Both seasoned sommeliers and curious beginners are well taken care of at the plethora of French bistros, rooftop wine bars, and cozy date-night destinations.

In this guide, I tell you where to find the best wine bars in New York City, including the best deals and most picture-perfect settings. Let’s jump in!


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The Best Wine Bars in New York City

Table of Contents: The Best Wine Bars in NYC

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Vin Sur Vingt

Website: Vin Sur Vingt
Locations:
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Vin sur Vingt translates to “wine in twenty,” and everything about these Parisian wine bars in New York City ooze French charm. They’re warm, welcoming, and ripe for conversation. Offering an impressive rotating list of 250 bottles and more than 50 wine by the glass, there is a wine for every palate.

With locations in Midtown, the East & West Villages, Nomad, and the Upper West Side, it’s also an accessible, reliable wine bar. The food menu mainly consists of small bites and charcuterie. Most Vin Sur Vingt’s are walk-in only; the Midtown location is the only one offering reservations.


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Buvette

Website: Buvette
Address:
42 Grove St, New York, NY 10014

Buvette is a French restaurant in the West Village that boasts locations in Paris, Tokyo, Mexico City and Seoul. Open all day, the restaurant begins each morning serving coffee and brunch but ends it with French fare and a robust wine menu. The candle-lit, cozy restaurant makes it one of the best wine bars in New York City for a date.

There are over a dozen wines by the glass around the $20 mark. The restaurant also sells full bottles, including Bugey-Cerdon, a rosé-like wine that the restaurant claims as one of the best-kept secrets in France. Buvette also knocks it out of the park with sparkling wines, offering extensive roses, bruts, and pet nats.


Ops

Website: Ops
Address:
346 Himrod St, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Ops is one of the best wine bars in NYC for those looking to enjoy the combination of pizza and wine in a casual, family-friendly setting. The Brooklyn pizzeria specializes in natural wines, which are wines made with minimal intervention, typically using organic or biodynamic grapes, and without additives.

The variety covers the gamut, Ops has a seven-page wine menu that goes beyond natural wines. There are a plethora of reds, whites, orange, and sparkling both by the glass and by the bottle. For those overwhelmed by the options, the staff is friendly and always willing to offer recommendations.


Aldo Sohm Wine Bar
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Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

Website: Aldo Sohm Wine Bar
Address:
151 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

Aldo Sohm Wine Bar has a modern elegance yet feels relaxed and inviting, similar to a lounge. It’s one of the best wine bars in New York City for a date or to bring someone you’re trying to impress. There are over 40 wines available by the glass and over 200 available by the bottle.

The famous Master Sommelier, Aldo Sohm, is also the bar’s namesake. Born in Austria, Sohm has worked in the restaurant industry since he was 19. Sohm has been deemed the Best Sommelier in Austria and America. In 2007, he became the Head Sommelier at Le Bernardin (a three-star Michelin restaurant). All this to say, you’re in good hands at this charming NYC wine bar.


The Four Horsemen

Website: The Four Horsemen
Address:
295 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Four Horsemen in Williamsburg stands out as both a popular NYC wine bar and a Michelin-starred restaurant. They offer an impressive menu with ingenious dishes (like braised leek toast with whipped ricotta) alongside a curated 55-page wine list featuring natural and orange wines both by the glass and bottle.

However, The Four Horsemen is tiny, being able to fit only about 20 people inside (which makes it super cozy and intimate), and one of the hardest reservations to get in New York City. Reservations become available 30 days in advance, at 7 AM and rarely last more than a few minutes before being claimed. The restaurant also saves spots at the bar for walk-ins, but there’s usually a considerable wait.


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Balzem

Website: Balzem
Address:
202 Mott St, New York, NY 10012

As one of the most charming wine bars in NYC, Balzem is perfect for a romantic night out thanks to its warm lighting, brick walls and lively crowd. During happy hour (everyday except Saturday, 3 – 6 PM) the SoHo restaurant has select $8 wines, which is about half-off regular pricing.

Balzem also does novice wine drinkers a favor by breaking down their wine menu into sections, like light & aromatic red wines, or medium bodied & smooth white wines. By splitting their wines into categories it’s easier for a new wine-drinker to make sense of what they’re ordering.


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Amélie Wine Bar & Bistro

Website: Amélie Wine Bar & Bistro
Addresses:
22 W 8th Street & 566 Amsterdam Avenue

Amelie is a gem that seamlessly combines French charm with a cozy and inviting atmosphere. This Greenwich Village wine bar, named after the famous French movie, offers a curated selection of wines from around the world, paired with delectable small plates.

There are two locations, a “petite Amelie” in the Upper West Side and the main locale in the Greenwich Village. During happy hour (Sunday through Thursday, 4 – 6 PM) Amelie offers wine flights for only $14 and $10 glasses of the wine of the day, making Amelie one of the most affordable wine bars in NYC.


Corkbuzz

Website: Corkbuzz
Addresses:
75 9th Avenue & 13 E 13th Street

Corkbuzz has locations in Union Square and the Chelsea Market, and stands out for its fresh, seasonal menu sourced directly from Union Square Green Market. Beyond the fresh food, Corkbuzz offers 30 wines by the glass and wine flights, which when paired with its warm, wine-cellar vibe makes it a popular destination.

A unique “Three Blind Wines” flight can add excitement to a visit, challenging customers to guess the wines served. Notably, Corkbuzz sells champagne at retail prices, making it ideal for celebrations. Founded by Master Sommelier Laura Fiorvanti, it’s also a woman-owned wine bar.


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Stella & Fly 

Website: Stella & Fly
Address:
1705 1st Ave., New York, NY 10128

When most folks think of a wine bar, an image of a relaxing and quiet establishment often comes to mind. Stella & Fly can be like that in spurts, usually before 6 PM, but then it gets lively thanks to a loaded schedule full of trivia, open mics, and live music. Combine the energy with its shoebox size (it’s a small bar area with a few tables behind it) and the NYC wine bar can get boisterous.

And for those always looking for a good deal, Stella & Fly has plenty. Wine Wednesday offers $9 wine all evening, and Cocktail Thursday has $10 drinks. Not to mention, they have one of the best happy hours in the Upper East Side (weekdays, 3 – 8 PM) thanks to selecting $10 glasses of wine.


The Ten Bells

Website: The Ten Bells
Address:
247 Broome St, New York & 65 Irving Ave, Brooklyn

Natural wine is a wine that is made without herbicides or pesticides, following traditional wine-making practices. They’re also Ten Bells specialty; the New York City wine bar brings together an assortment of natural wines from around the world under one roof.

There are two locations, one in Bushwick and one in the Lower East Side, with relaxed atmospheres and ample space for small groups of friends (the Brooklyn outpost also has a dazzling back-patio). For those with flexible schedules and a love for oysters, The Ten Bells’ happy hour (daily until 7 PM) features $1 oysters and $15 wine carafes.


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Rooftop Reds

Website: Rooftop Reds
Address:
299 Sands St Building 275 Building 275, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Rooftop Reds is one of the most unique rooftop bars in Brooklyn: it’s a functioning winery set on the roof of a building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. This 15,000-square-foot rooftop boasts 42 urban planters (designed by Cornell University), home to grape vines producing 20-25 cases of wine annually.

The Brooklyn wine bar offers stunning views, tastings, and fun events like movie nights, yoga, and winery tours. Rooftop Reds works solely on a reservation-only basis (and has a $15 cover charge). It’s also on the fifth floor of a building, only accessible via stairs, and only open in the spring & summer.


Terroir

Website: Terroir
Address:
24 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013

Terroir isn’t one of those dimly lit, intimate wine bars in NYC. Instead, the place is filled with community tables and energizing music, ideal for making friends. Moreover, the wine list is a literal binder and offers enough variety to spend an evening sampling different wines.

But before you get paralysis by analysis, there’s no need to fret; the staff is fantastic. I’ve been welcomed by smiles and friendly recommendations during my visits. Terroir also has hearty, satisfying meals (like a terrific smash burger) and usual wine bar snacks and charcuterie, making it a one-stop shop.


Peasant

Website: Peasant
Address:
194 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

This Tuscan-inspired gem isn’t just a wine bar, it’s a feast for all senses. Pastas, wood-fired meats, and fresh fish fill the menu, alongside an equally impressive Italian wine list. Feeling overwhelmed? The knowledgeable staff guides you to perfect pairings, ensuring every bite explodes with flavor. Upstairs boasts a cozy villa vibe, while the downstairs wine cellar buzzes with energy. Reservations are only available for the upstairs area (downstairs is first come, first served).


Le Dive

Website: Le Dive
Address:
37 Canal St, New York, NY 10002

Parisian vibes meet natural wines at Le Dive, a Lower East Side newcomer founded in 2022. Expect bold reds, crisp rosés, and everything in between, all served with French flair. Cozy cafe tables, warm lighting, and a relaxed soundtrack set the scene for savoring their menu of French-inspired bites.

Be it oysters, steak tartare, or a cheese board, it’s the perfect complement to your chosen vino. This popular spot fills up fast, so arrive early! Fun fact: the name is a nod to the French film “Le Grand Bleu,” so imagine yourself diving into the Riviera without leaving NYC.


Bibi Wine Bar

Website: Bibi Wine Bar
Address:
211 E 4th St, New York, NY 10009

Bibi is one of the most affordable wine bars in New York City, and has a laid back, easygoing ambiance. Imagine cozy East Village evenings, enjoying a glass at an outdoor table illuminated by string lights, ideal for romantic sunset conversations. Though food choices are modest, and the $8 glasses and $28 bottles during happy hour (daily until 8 PM), coupled with its laid-back vibe, draws in locals seeking relaxation and connection.


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St. Tropez

Website: St. Tropez
Address:
304 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10014

Founded in 2012, this West Village gem transports you to France with its warm ambiance and all-French wine list. Partner Yohann, a Saint Tropez native, curates 40+ selections by the glass, perfect for any mood or season. Sip rosé like a summer local or savor a bold red with charcuterie and Provençal bites.

Fun fact: Yohann started his career as a dishwasher in a restaurant in Saint Tropez, France bringing genuine warmth and expertise to your experience.


Best Wine Bars in NYC (Post Summary)

  • Vin Sur Vingt
  • Buvette
  • Ops
  • Aldo Sohm Wine Bar
  • The Four Horsemen
Balzem
  • Amélie Wine Bar & Bistro
Corkbuzz
  • Stella & Fly 
The Ten Bells
  • Rooftop Reds
  • Terroir
  • Peasant
  • Le Dive
Bibi Wine Bar
  • St. Tropez

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Frequently Asked Questions: Best Wine Bars NYC
Is there wine country in New York?

New York state has several wine regions, notably the Finger Lakes, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley, renowned for their vineyards and wineries.

Do most bars in New York City sell wine?

Most bars in New York City offer wine among their beverage selections, catering to diverse preferences of patrons.

What are good wine bars in New York City for beginner wine drinkers?

For beginner wine drinkers in New York City, wine bars like Terroir Tribeca, The Ten Bells, and Corkbuzz Wine Studio offer welcoming environments with knowledgeable staff to guide and introduce them to various wine options.

Are there wine bars in Brooklyn?

Brooklyn boasts a vibrant wine scene with numerous wine bars such as June Wine Bar, The Four Horsemen, offering diverse selections and cozy atmospheres for wine enthusiasts.

Are there any functioning vineyards in NYC?

Rooftop Reds is the only functioning wine bar in New York City, found on the rooftop of the Brooklyn Navy Yard and using custom-made planters to produce a small selection of wine.


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And there you have it folks! My quick round-up of the best wine bars in New York City. I hope you enjoyed the article and it leads you to a great drink. Cheers!