A Southern European tradition that I highly admire is to drink wine at the time of the Christmas holidays. Mediterranean culture has a lot of followers all over the world, so this tradition has made it to New York City. Here are the best wine bars in New York to take your significant other on a romantic date during the Christmas holidays.
This TriBeCa spot is one of those rare wine bars where the food is as impressive as the drinks, and it has a varied menu that is also pretty funny to read. With wine on tap and a few beers, this is a breakthrough in the movement from the vines to the barrels. Here it is – selected vinos from the best vineyards in New York are celebrated as perfect blends.
With an emphasis on sustainable bottling, this West Village wine bar serves some of the best wines from the best vineyards in New York, as well as some great craft beers. This simple, inviting space features a tuft of bar stools with a glass of wine on the side and a small table in front.
The dimly lit room has a long bar and several standing tables, but there is only one high plate. A large glass of wine on the wall and a small table in front of the bar add to the inviting atmosphere.
At the Beekman Hotel in the financial district, Keith McNally’s latest edition offers upscale French classics such as rotisserie meat and steaks, as well as a cocktail menu created by Dale DeGroff. Weathered bricks, wood, and industrial fittings provide an airy, warm meal in fine weather, which is opened through the garage door. The FiDi Restaurant offers dishes that combine Austrian and Mediterranean flavors and was created with the help of top New York chefs and wine experts. Painted moldings, an open-air bar, and a large glass of wine complete the picture.
Battery Park City
Battery Park City offers outdoor seating along the Hudson, but perhaps the seafood-centric American fare could be better. The pier dates back to 1886, and although some improvements are needed, the lively tavern continues to fulfill its function as a New York institution. Lincoln Center is a fixture of the showmen, and you can feel the history in the music, as well as in the food and drink that might have been better with a more modern menu like oysters and lobster.
It may be very far away from Marseille, Nice, and Cannes, but New York city has some exceptional wine bars. Be sure to visit them in Christmas season!