New York City's Top Restaurant Wine Lists

12 restaurants to guide you through the city's high-caliber wine-and-food scene
New York City's Top Restaurant Wine Lists
Jean-Georges serves a Grand Award–winning wine list with quintessential New York City grandeur. (Francesco Tonelli)
Oct 6, 2015

Updated: Oct. 11, 2018

In a city as populous and diverse as New York, it's only fitting there's a dining scene to match. The Big Apple boasts innumerable top-notch restaurants, including 171 Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners, more than any other city in the world. With Wine Spectator’s annual New York Wine Experience happening Oct. 18–20, there’s no better time to delve into everything the city has to offer in food and wine. But with this magnitude and breadth of options, visitors and locals are faced with a challenge: Where to begin?

The restaurants listed below each offer 1,000 selections or more, and feature serious breadth of top producers, outstanding depth in mature vintages, large-format bottles, and superior organization, presentation and wine service. Buy your weekend passes for the Wine Experience now, and check out these 12 Manhattan restaurants that earned Grand Awards in 2018 for their outstanding wine collections that appeal to any enophile.

To check out more great wine dining spots across the globe, see Wine Spectator’s nearly 3,800 Restaurant Award–winning picks, including the 100 Grand Award recipients from around the world that hold our highest honor.

Do you have a favorite you’d like to see on this list? Send your recommendations to restaurantawards@mshanken.com. We want to hear from you!


'21' Club

21 W. 52nd St.
Telephone (212) 582-7200
Website www.21club.com
Open Lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday
Grand Award

‘21’ Club
New York City’s ‘21' Club features American dishes, from seafood and vegetarian entrées to burgers and steaks.

Few Wine Spectator Grand Award winners carry quite as much history as '21' Club, a Prohibition-era holdover that for decades has attracted the city's elite to its fine dining room and vaultlike wine cellar. The wine list features nearly 1,500 selections, drawn from a cellar holding 20,000 bottles. The heart of the list is—and always has been—French, with red Bordeaux ruling the unique cellar, which is reached though a hidden entrance in the basement.


Ai Fiori

Langham Place, 400 Fifth Ave.
Telephone (212) 613-8660
Website www.aifiorinyc.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Grand Award

Evan Sung
On the second floor of Langham Place above Fifth Avenue, Ai Fiori is a welcome oasis for wine lovers.

Chef Michael White and restaurateur Ahmass Fakahany own several Restaurant Award winners in New York—including Marea, Ristorante Morini and Vaucluse—but Ai Fiori stands out for its extraordinary wine program that’s more than tripled in size since opening in 2010. Wine director Alessandro Piliego continues to expand the 1,900-label list in its strongest regions of Italy (especially Piedmont and Tuscany), Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Rhône, Champagne, California and Washington. The French- and Italian-focused selections pair seamlessly with chef White’s luxurious, Riviera-inspired cuisine.


Daniel

60 E. 65th St.
Telephone (212) 288-0033
Website www.danielnyc.com
Open Dinner, Monday to Saturday
Grand Award

Tobias Everke
Chef Boulud and company wine director Daniel Johnnes share a behind-the-scenes wine discussion.

From the moment you enter Daniel Boulud's flagship restaurant, every element at play in this temple of French haute cuisine combines to produce a profound dining experience. It's hard to decide which takes precedence at Daniel—the stellar food, the grand dining room or the smart staff, who deliver the goods with flawless precision. The 2,500-selection wine list covers chef Boulud's native France, with particular depth in Burgundy and Bordeaux. But it is a modern—and American—restaurant too, so other countries are also well-represented.


Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

1221 Avenue of the Americas
Telephone (212) 575-5129
Website www.delfriscos.com
Open Lunch, Monday to Friday; dinner, daily
Grand Award

Matt Furman
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse serves three week–aged cuts to pair with its 2,500 wines.

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse embodies the best of New York’s steak-house scene in food, wine, service and atmosphere. The dramatic, three-story dining room is directly across from the iconic Radio City Music Hall and serves as the backdrop for chef Brian Christman’s bone-in prime-grade chops. Wine director Crystl Faye Horton’s 2,500-selection list spans the globe, excelling in regions including California, Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône, Italy, Australia and Spain. The program offers plenty of verticals, with 10 to 15 vintages of each Bordeaux first-growth and a breathtaking collection of California Cabernets.


Del Posto

85 10th Ave.
Telephone (212) 497-8090
Website www.delposto.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Grand Award

Del Posto
Del Posto offers high-end Italian dining with an extraordinary wine selection.

Del Posto not only serves great food, it makes a convincing argument that Italian cuisine deserves respect at the highest level. The restaurant named a new executive chef in February 2017, Melissa Rodriguez, who has since been putting personal spins on signature menu items. Del Posto’s stately dining room, decked out in marble, dark wood and black wrought iron, is home to complex takes on classics like Bolognese and tuna carpaccio. The more than 3,100-selection wine list offers strengths in Champagne and Italy, with incredible range and depth in Piedmont and Tuscany.


Eleven Madison Park

11 Madison Ave.
Telephone (212) 889-0905
Website www.elevenmadisonpark.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Grand Award

Jake Chessum
Enjoy superior food, wine and views at Eleven Madison Park.

With chef Daniel Humm's elegant and ever-evolving cuisine, Cedric Nicaise's 4,100-selection wine list and restaurateur Will Guidara's fine-tuned dining room staff, Eleven Madison Park is truly an exceptional place. Wines are served in grape-specific Riedel glasses, and bottles are carefully decanted at the sommelier's or guest's discretion. If a guest's gaze isn't directed at the food and wine on the table for the duration of the eight- to 10-course tasting menu, it's more likely that he or she is admiring the view through the tall westward-facing windows that frame Madison Square Park, or the grand, high-ceilinged space.


Jean-Georges

Trump International Hotel & Tower, 1 Central Park W.
Telephone (212) 299-3900
Website www.jean-georges.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Grand Award

Evan Sung
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is co-owner of the Grand Award–winning restaurant.

In 1997, Jean-Georges Vongerichten made his debut on the culinary main stage with the opening of Jean-Georges on Columbus Circle in the heart of Manhattan. It was an instant success, and has matured into a New York classic. Dishes range from the deceptively simple, like egg caviar (eggs, cream, caviar), to mindbenders such as foie gras brûlée with rhubarb compote and banana seasoning. The 1,200-plus selection wine list—a Restaurant Award winner since 1999—is well-suited to the menu, focused on Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Rhône, California and Germany.


The Modern

9 W. 53rd St.
Telephone (212) 333-1220
Website www.themodernnyc.com
Open Lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday
Grand Award

Evan Sung
The Modern’s dining room overlooks the sculpture garden at the Museum of Modern Art.

New York’s Museum of Modern Art is one of the nation’s premier cultural institutions, with its galleries containing masterworks by leading contemporary artists from around the world. It's also home to one of the city’s culinary treasures, aptly called the Modern. This showpiece restaurant of Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group holds the Grand Award for its 2,850-selection list, which wine director Michaël Engelmann has expanded by more than 1,800 choices in the past several years to offer strengths in California, Australia and many key European regions: Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, the Rhône, Germany, Italy and Spain. Chef Abram Bissell’s cuisine is a French-American mélange that is artfully imagined and skillfully executed, available in three- and six-course options.


Nice Matin

201 W. 79th St.
Telephone (212) 873-6423
Website www.nicematinnyc.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Grand Award

Evan Sung
Where can you enjoy both a casual sidewalk meal and a seriously impressive wine list? Try Nice Matin.

Nice Matin welcomes neighborhood regulars and tourists alike, all of whom appreciate its relaxing environment paired with chef Andy D'Amico's flavorful French-Mediterranean food and exceptional wines at moderate prices. Despite its family-friendly ambience, Nice Matin's wine list boasts a serious 2,500 selections, with a primary focus on mature bottles from classic wine regions, particularly France and California.


Per Se

10 Columbus Circle, Fourth Floor
Telephone (212) 823-9335
Website www.www.thomaskeller.com/perseny
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Grand Award

Matt Furman
Chef Thomas Keller examines one of his restaurant's 2,100 wines.

Thomas Keller's Per Se overlooks Columbus Circle at the intersection of Central Park South and Broadway, where sparkling skyline meets cherry blossoms each spring. Guests enjoy one of the best views in the city and an equally impressive nine-course tasting menu, prepared daily by chef Corey Chow. With the help of an iPad wine list, guests can browse or search wine director Michel Couvreux’s 2,100-selection collection that offers particular strength in Burgundy, California, Bordeaux, the Rhône, Piedmont and Champagne.


Sistina

24 E. 81st St.
Telephone (212) 861-7660
Website www.sistinany.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Grand Award

Evan Sung
At Sistina, the Italian menu includes items like salt-crusted branzino with spring vegetables.

Sistina has been a fine-dining institution on the Upper East Side for decades. Since the restaurant opened in 1983, the wine list has grown to 1,800 labels with an array of standout regions, primarily Tuscany and Piedmont. Wine director Renzo Rapacioli oversees the program. When it comes to cuisine, chef-owner Giuseppe Bruno uses traditional Italian techniques and seasonal ingredients to create timeless dishes like linguini with seafood and veal Milanese.


Tribeca Grill

375 Greenwich St.
Telephone (212) 941-3900
Website www.myriadrestaurantgroup.com/restaurants/tribeca
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Grand Award

Abbie Sophia
Pair your wine selection at Tribeca Grill with chef Scott Burnett's contemporary American cuisine.

This downtown stalwart, co-owned by Robert De Niro and restaurateur Drew Nieporent, harbors an exciting wine cellar in its snug, serpentine basement. The restaurant has long taken wine seriously, as wine director David Gordon, who has been with Tribeca Grill since it opened in 1990, won his first Best of Award of Excellence in 1998 and a Grand Award four years later. The 2,300-selection list splits its focus between California Cabernet staples and an impressive selection of bottlings from Burgundy, the Rhône, Italy, Germany and Bordeaux. It also features a page titled "Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year," showcasing the No. 1 wine in our Top 100 lists from various years going back to 1989.

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