List of New York City Resturants Where You Can BYO Wine - NYC Wine Tasting
>> What’s a New York wine geek’s favorite way to dine? It's at one of the city’s BYO restaurants.
For the most part, BYO restaurants with no corkage fee are tiny and serve simple, honest food. Many of them don’t take credit cards or reservations. While some of the city’s finest restaurants prohibit BYO or charge a high-priced corkage fee, a few generous gems welcome your special bottles with pristine glasses at a low cost.
Below are a few favorites of mine that charge $15 or less per bottle when you bring your own. For tips on how to make proper arrangements, please read my article, Bring Your Own Wine (BYO) to a New York Restaurant.
By Kristin Donnelly
Kristin's Favorite BYO Restaurants with No Corkage Fees
947 Columbus Ave (at 106th St.)
French-Caribbean food served up in an itty-bitty cafe. Cash only and no reservations.
113 W. 116th (between Lexington Ave. and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.)
Inexpensive Southern food at it’s best. Credit cards accepted. No reservations.
300 E. 12th St. (at 2nd Ave.)
An airy, spacious (for New York at least) vegetarian spot. Cash only and no reservations.
Afghan Kebab House
Two locations: 764 9th Ave. (between 51st and 52nd St.)
1345 2nd Avenue (between 70th and 71st St.)
Fragrant meat and vegetable kebabs.
14 Bedford St. (near Downing St.)
No corkage on Sundays and Mondays as well as from 5:30 to 7 Tuesday to Thursday at this haute French restaurant. A not-too-expensive $20 corkage all other times.
63 Clinton St.
Trendy Japanese and sushi. Credit cards and reservations accepted.
Ivo & Lulu
558 Broome St. (between 6th Ave. and Varick St.)
A postage-stamp sized restaurant committed to organic and seasonal food. Cash only and no reservations.
239 W. Broadway
Monday nights are BYOB at this New York institution celebrated for its stellar wine program. On Tuesdays to Thursdays, buy a bottle and bring one free of charge. (Shameless promotion: If you buy your wine at Crush Wine & Spirits, there’s no corkage on Tuesdays through Thursday nights either. Be sure to have your receipt.) Credit cards and reservations accepted.
746 9th Ave (between 50th and 51st)
Simple New American food in spitting distance of the theater district. Cash only and no reservations.
The Pink Tea Cup
42 Grove St. (between Bleeker St. and Bedford St.)
Soul food enjoyed by the likes of Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. Cash only and no reservations.
253 W. 11th St. (at 4th St.)
Solid French bistro fare. Cash only and no reservations.
A Few Favorites with Reasonable Corkage Fees
156 Tenth Ave. (at 20th St.)
$15 corkage. Green market–inspired menu and a wood-burning oven from the couple behind Five Points. Reservations and credit cards accepted.
1049 2nd Ave. (at 56 St.), 212-355-5855
745 9th Ave. (at 50 St.), 212-582-2288
229 9th Ave. (at 24 St.), 212-620-5200
19-23 St. Marks PL. (at E.8th St.), 212-529-4800
Some of the best Chinese food in New York. Call ahead to verify corkage – each restaurant can vary slightly, but it’s usually about $5. Credit card and reservations accepted.
432 E. 9th St. (between First Ave. and Ave. A)
$15 corkage. Husband-and-wife owned trattoria. Credit cards and reservations accepted.
31 Great Jones St. (between Lafayette St. and Bowery)
$15 corkage. Hearty, seasonal, local fare. Credit cards and reservations accepted.
1608 First Ave. (between 83rd and 84th Sts.)
$15 corkage. A cozy Italian restaurant influenced by the coastal region of Liguria. Gas heaters permit outdoor seating long into the cold weather. Credit cards and reservations accepted.
2315 Broadway (at 84th St.)
$15 corkage fee. Haute local spot serving up New American food with nods toward France and Italy. Credit cards and reservations accepted.
90 Prince Street (between Broadway & Mercer)
$15 corkage. Mediterranean-inspired, seasonal menu. Credit cards and reservations accepted.
If you know of other restaurants that should be added to this list, please email Littleviews!
Questions or comments?
Crush Wine & Spirits
153 E. 57th Street
Between Lexington and 3rd Avenues
New York, NY 10022
Article by Kristin Donnelly. First published on 3/3/2006. All rights reserved by www.Littleviews.com.