So we at Swirl thought we would bring you the Best New York City Wine Bars with Outdoor Space as a follow up to our Best NYC RoofTop Bars.
Sip under the moonlight or in the middle of day under the sun with your aviators on - we won't judge. So, before heading out to the Hamptons, Fire Island, the Catskills or your staycation, check out our fave spots below.
Winebar - while we don't give them points for creative naming, SwirlSavvy does love their sidewalk seating. The location is the perfect daytime spot for people watching. Head into the dark wooded interior for communal tables that still manage to create a "big date" atmosphere. Skip the apps and look straight to wines by the bottle. The list covers France, Italy and Spain with a really interesting selection of some less familiar producers and regions. The helpful and ever patient staff knows their stuff so don't be afraid to ask for their favorites in your price range. You can easily snag a quality bottle under $40. 65 Second Ave., at 4th St., Manhattan, 212-777-1608
Stonehome Wine Bar - an impressive and affordable "by-the-glass" list ensures you can dabble in their wide selection if you're lucky to snag a spot at the bar, or better yet, the garden patio. And with over 200 bottles on the main list with a bent toward Italy and France, you can keep coming back, time after time. A solid spot for a date or an intimate group - or in our most recent case, a trio of tipsy and therefore loud, sippers who so thoroughly enjoyed the wine flights we stayed for dinner. 87 Lafayette Ave., between S. Elliot Place and S. Portland Ave., Fort Greene, 718.624.9443
Petrarca Cucina E Vino - a more refined setting for when the occasion requires you to behave, at least until you've tasted through the first bottle. Their mostly Italian list covers lesser known regions waiting to be explored such as Sardinia. Hint, if you like Grenache, try a Cannonau, Grenache's Italian equivalent. 34 White St., at Church St., Manhattan, 212-625-2800
Pure Food & Wine - while not technically a wine bar (ok, or not at all), Pure Food & Wine has the best garden in Manhattan. To top it off, you can actually get a table here on a gorgeous day - without a wait. And the last time I visited, Giselle was a few tables over, sans Tom Brady. If raw food isn't your thing, this restaurant is likely to convert you. If not, just skip the edibles and while away a few hours at the outside bar. The list caters more toward American wines and always has a great Willamette Valley Pinot Noir or Walla Walla, Washington Syrah on hand. 54 Irving Pl., near 17th St., Manhattan, 212-477-1010
Wine & Roses
This is the place for wine-loving Upper West Siders and the people who love them. If you can get past the hammed up photos on the website, this is a great spot, but be forewarned, it fills up quickly. Having received Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence in 2007 and 2008, Wine & Roses has a laudable 40 wines by the glass and nearly 200 wines by the bottle with a well-rounded cheese list. 286 Columbus Ave., btn 73rd and 74th Sts., 212.579.9463