Wine is the passion of many and there is no better place to look for wine then in the very heart of New York itself. New York offers so many wine bars that it might be difficult for the average person to know which one is the beat. Here are 5 of the most popular wine bars in New York City
1. Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar
When you do an internet search for NYC wine bars this one always pops up on the top of the list. That’s because it is one of the best around. Ayza calls itself “The Best Wine Bar in NYC” for a reason. They offer over 90 delicious and unique wines for sampling. One of their most popular wines is Pinot Grigio by Santi Veneto. This 2008 wine comes straight from Italy to your glass. Pair it with any of their menu items (including several chocolaty treats) for a wonderful experience. The exterior of Ayza’s is clearly marked by the many bright red umbrellas and the interior features tasteful hanging lights. Ayza is located on the corner of 5th Ave. & Broadway. Information can be obtained by calling (212) 714-2992.
2. Morrell Wine Bar & Café
This wine bar is one of the most well known wine bars in New York. It offers a selection of over 2,000 wines with 150 being available by the glass. Some of their best wines include the Miner Family Chardonnay (Napa Valley 2005), and the Pride, Merlot, Sonoma County (Napa County 2006). They offer one of the best selections of red wine in the city. In 2003 Morrell won the Where New York Visitors Choice Award for best wine list. They offer a calm atmosphere prefect for relaxing and enjoying an evening with a loved one. Morrell is located at one Rockefeller Plaza. For more information you can call (212) 262-7700.
3. Wine & Roses
If you are looking for a more lively and upbeat wine bar then look no further then Wine & Roses. This bar is located on Columbus Ave and was originally started by Todd Klein as a present for his wife Jennifer on their 25th anniversary. Since then it has grown into a hot spot for young people looking for a more upbeat wine experience. One of Wine and Roses trademarks is their ever changing wine list and food menu. It’s never the same two months in a row. Regulars and visitors never quite know what to expect. They are also known for their high profile clientele including several cast members of Saturday Night live and “The View” host Sherri Shepherd. Wine & Roses is always a full house full of excitement. For more information call (212) 579-9463.
Gottino is a wine bar that started to gain a loyal following quite quickly. One of the best things about Gottino is the staff. The staff members are very knowledgeable and you are treated like an old friend from the moment you walk into the door. The dinning area is smaller and more rustic then most wine bars but customers keep coming back for the diverse selection of wines and cheeses. Their current special is Barolo, a full bodied wine that will be available through the month of December. Gottino is located on Greenwich Ave near 6th Avenue. For detailed information all 212-633-2390
5. Pudding Stones
This humorously named wine bar is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan North of 82nd St. This Pudding Stones gets it’s name from the large stones that cover the ground at their vineyard. According to their website (www.puddingstoneswinebar.com), “The stones retain heat and warm the fruit and soils allowing the grapes to achieve maximum ripeness”. One of their best wines is the Chardonnay O’Leary Walker, Adelade Hills 2001 (which is available by the glass) and the French Clos de la Cure, Saint Emilion Grad Cru 2001 (which is available by the bottle). They also have a wide menu that includes some of the best grilled salmon with asparagus that you will ever taste. Pudding Stones also offers a beautiful downstairs lounge that is perfect for private parties or events. More information can be obtained by calling (212)-717-5797.