Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.
Long winter days call for intimate nights spent sitting by the fire, glass of wine in hand. But not just with any glass. From old world vintages to Long Island wines that pair perfectly with a menu inspired by New York farms, the best wine lists are carefully curated and handpicked to fit any palate. It’s a well kept secret that hotels have some of the best wine menus, with an atmosphere ideal for a cozy night in (out).
Garden City Hotel, Garden City
Food and beverage director Orion Berge believes the wine needs to help pay the rent. “We’re not about letting things sit on the shelves,” Berge said. Every Tuesday the historic Garden City Hotel hosts Polo Uncorked where bottles priced at more than $150 sell for half-off. Think classic Bordeaux and even some Australian vintages you can’t buy unless you go to auction. The Garden City hotel has a wine cellar of vintages purchased years ago, but you’ll also find more reasonable bottles, many of which come from smaller boutique producers.
The Huntting Inn, Hamptons
Nestled onto Main Street in East Hampton, the 19-room Huntting Inn is a quiet retreat for wine lovers. The historic inn’s Palm Restaurant boasts an extensive wine list and while the focus is the Italian wine that makes up nearly 25 percent of its selection, you want to pay attention to the restaurant’s wines from California. Those wines are what helped earn the Palm Restaurant a spot on Wine Spectator’s 2015 list of restaurants with the best wine list.
Ravel Hotel, Long Island City
Penthouse808 at Ravel Hotel is one of the hottest places to spend a summer night but don’t forget about this rooftop gem when the temperatures drop. The intimate lounge has a wine menu for everyone’s palate. “At Penthouse 808, our wine list is curated with all demographics in mind,” Steve Escobar, beverage director of Penthouse808 at Ravel Hotel said. “We strive to provide wines of great quality with great value.” You’ll see common varietals as well as things for the more adventurous wine drinker.
Andaz Wall Street, New York
Tucked into the ever evolving financial district the Andaz Wall Street has won its share of awards: 30 of 820 US News Best Hotels in New York City, 52 of 469 Hotels in New York City on Trip Advisor. It’s the sophisticated yet neighborhood bar feel of its restaurant Dina Rata that has locals in love with Andaz Wall Street. While not extensive, the high-end wine list pairs perfectly with the dishes prepared with ingredients from New York farms. Yes, there are Long Island wines on that list and beer lovers will want to check out the beer garden come spring.
The London NYC, New York
Situated in Midtown just blocks from Time Square and Central Park, The London NYC is a luxurious retreat from the bustle of the city. With 24-hour room service, two restaurants and a wine menu curated by director of food and beverage Jayson Goldstein, it’s impossible not to find a glass of wine to perfectly match your mood. “We select each wine with the guest in mind and only select great juice, contrary to some beliefs there is some fantastic wines at a great value, you just need to know where to look for them,” Goldstein said.
The American Hotel, Sag Harbor
This Sag Harbor institution is a must visit for wine lovers. It’s been on the Wine Spectator Grand Award Winner list since 1981 and the list is as drool-worthy as it can be overwhelming. Owner Ted Conklin began with Bordeaux wines in the 1970s and today the hotel has more than 1,000 selections from all over the world, its wine cellar full of everything from rare older vintages to bottles from new wine regions.
Inn at Fox Hollow, Westbury
This opulent hotel on the North Shore is a quiet luxury during the colder months. Spend a weekend staycatation at the Inn relaxing by one of the stone fireplaces or catching the live musical acts at the inn’s restaurant. Volpe Ristorante specializes in Italian and the wine menu is carefully curated to match the dishes whether they be traditional Italian or classic lobster.