Simply put, New York City offers the world’s greatest concentration of wonderful wine. With an unparalleled variety of restaurants and fine-wine shops and a ready supply of disposable income, it beckons to winemakers, merchants and drinkers.
American Restaurant in Brooklyn, NY, United States
When Reynard opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, last year it was vilified in some quarters for the obscurity of its all-French wine list. I thought that the criticism was overblown, and that the list was perfectly matched to its milieu and full of gems.
Franny’s became a beloved Brooklyn institution by serving terrific food and wine, never pandering. That goes especially for the wine list, a fountain of perhaps unfamiliar names from throughout Italy, yet all well chosen.
Charlie Bird, a jewel of a new restaurant in the West Village, would be expected to have an excellent list. This concise yet fascinating selection is one of the smartest I’ve seen, with something for everybody.
Ms. Lepeltier's list has grown into an unbelievably good world selection, replete with surprises, delights, good values and safe choices for those who don't venture to the Upper East Side to trifle with some hippie winemaker's funky experiment.