While running Central Park will always be my #1 “must do” while in NYC, it is quickly followed by enjoying amazing food and wine at some of the best restaurants in NYC. Recently, I visited some of my favs.
What’s not to love about Eataly (except maybe the crowds and prices, but hey, it’s New York). A noon lunch on holiday meant enjoying a glass of wine. Loved the Castella di Pomino Chardonnay and the Castello Ama Il Chiuso from Tuscany.
Across from Lincoln Center, I first visited this restaurant with my mom before going to see the Jersey Boys a couple of years ago. Now I go to see what Michael Madrigale is pouring by the glass. (Follow him on Facebook to see how he captures NYC life in his daily by-the-glass snapshots). We enjoyed the Ardeche, Miocene, Domaines des Accoles, as well as the Produttori del Barbaraesco. Thank you Michael for opening this for us!
Hearth and Terroir
Located in Manhattan’s East Village, both the wine bar and restaurant provide a cozy, warm place to escape the winter cold.
We kicked off the night with this super minerally Patrick Piuze Chablis (which I was super excited to try since chatting with him on Twitter several months ago during #sommchat) and the Ecker Roter Veltliner.
With dinner, we enjoyed this Domaine Jean-Michel Gerin Saint Joseph Rhone red.
While getting our culture on with a visit to the Museum of Modern Art, we took a short break and enjoyed some wonderful New York wines in one of the cafes. It was exciting to see a NYC venue serve only New York wines.
Atwater Estate Riesling and Palmer Vineyards Pinot Blanc.
Mudd Vineyard Channing Daughters Rose
There is something so inviting, yet also a little formal, about Gramercy Tavern. I love how it’s decorated (which changes frequently) and will only dine in The Tavern.
We started with this Weingut Stadt Krems Gruner and Bodega Chacra Mainque Pinot Noir Rose.
With dinner, the Domaine Serene Yamhill Cuvee Pinot Noir.
Located in the Columbus Circle building, this restaurant has a great view of the circle and Central Park. Lucky for me, I got to visit a college friend and her husband, who selected this Domaine de la Perriere Sancerre.
JFK Terminal 5 Restaurants
Yep, thank goodness the Jet Blue Terminal at JFK has great restaurants. When taking the 8:50 p.m. flight back to Austin, it’s nice to have a decent meal and glass of wine before takeoff. Love this Chateau Routas Coteaux Varois Rouviere Rose from Provence.