Facing New York City’s Madison Square Park, Black Barn Restaurant is a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence winner opened by childhood friends John Doherty and Tom Struzzieri. The pair’s vision for their restaurant matched the aesthetic of designer Mark Zeff’s Black Barn brand, and with Zeff’s help, they created an "urban barn"–style dining room as the backdrop for Doherty’s rustic American cuisine. The moderately-priced list managed by sommeliers Andrija Tadejevic and Alfredo Amaro offers 715 selections with nearly 30 available by the glass. Italy is the program’s strongest region, featuring several verticals from producers such as Giacomo Borgogno & Figli, Marchesi di Grésy and Grattamacco. Bordeaux, California, Burgundy and Champagne are also areas of strength. The seasonal menu includes plates like wild mushroom toast and wood-grilled, harissa-braised lamb shoulder. There are also plenty of hearty vegetarian options such as curried cauliflower steak and butternut squash ravioli with swiss chard.