Among other things, New York City is known for its fine culinary fare. There is never a shortage of places to try in New York, no matter the cuisine you are craving. In turn, with the fear of missing out strongly intact, it can sometimes be overwhelming to make a choice about where to go. As a lifelong New Yorker — and a somewhat-prolific food and travel writer — I have had the pleasure of experiencing all classes of restaurants within the New York metro area. But for those FWT Magazine readers seeking establishments with interesting food and curated wine offerings, I have handpicked some spots.
1. St. Tropez Wine Bar
Opened in late 2017, St. Tropez Wine Bar (304 W 4th Street, New York, NY 10014) is a charming restaurant and wine bar meant to transport visitors to the South of France. Conceptualized by four French friends, St. Tropez features an all-French wine list — including 45 selections by the glass — as curated by general manager and Partner Yohann Pecheux. Chef and partner Gérald Barthélémy, who earned a Michelin star as the chef at Les Élysées restaurant in Paris, recently worked at Montreal’s Taverne Gaspar. Barthélémy’s menu is affordable and full of Provençal specialties. I would recommend the Farcis Niçois (tomatoes stuffed with ground beef).
2. MIFUNE New York
A progressive Japanese restaurant in Midtown East, MIFUNE New York (245 E 44th St, New York, NY 10017) has a Michelin-starred team. Executive chef Yuu Shimano was previously with Guy Savoy in Paris, which carries three Michelin stars. Recently the establishment launched a special shabu-shabu (Japanese hot pot) tasting menu, which includes fish that are flown in daily from Japan’s Tsukiji fish market. Beyond the variety of global red and white wines one would expect from a high-end establishment, MIFUNE also offers umeshu plum wine — as used in the popular Drunken Angel cocktail — and a menu with wine pairings. Wine also finds its way into the smoked aged beef entree in the form of a red wine reduction sauce. If you have the extra money to spend, I recommend checking out MIFUNE’s eight-seat omakase counter, Sushi Amane, which offers $250 multi-course dinners from chef Shion Uino.
3. Due West
A new bar in the heart of the West Village is Due West (189 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014). Partner Jess Goldfarb had been the former cocktail director of both Locanda Verde and the Nantucket-based Cru. Meanwhile, another partner Camilo Viafara oversees Due West’s wine program. The Due West wine list offers varietals from around the country like Fine Disregard Sémillon from Napa, Poe Rosé and Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel from Sonoma, and Retour Pinot Noir and Hiyu Ramato blend from Oregon. Due West has a raw bar on-site, while the cocktail bar itself was designed by the North Fork Design Co. However, Due West also has big screens for those looking to stay current on game scores.
4. Burke & Wills
An Upper West Side staple known for its modern American cuisine with Australian influences, Burke & Wills (226 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024) recently appointed a new executive chef with Ryan Turner. Turner had previously served as executive chef at West 4th and Jane in Santa Monica and City Tavern in Culver City. Burke & Wills has an expansive selection of Australian wines, as curated by Tim Harris. Ten Australian wines rotate by the glass, while over 60 wines are available by the bottle. Tastings and Australian wine dinners are often offered. The most adventurous diners, like yours truly, should try the Kangaroo Burger.
5. MAMO Restaurant
Overseen by new Italian executive chef Salvatore Marcello, MAMO Restaurant (323 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013) also has a location in Antibes, France. Beyond its flavorful dishes — as influenced by both traditional southern Italian and French cuisine — MAMO offers an extensive wine program with 150+ carefully selected French and Italian wines. The bi-level restaurant includes a casual lounge on the ground floor and a formal dining room upstairs, with both floors capturing the Riviera’s “sense of home” using original family photos and oversized vintage movie posters. You cannot go wrong with the truffle burrata or the pizza offerings on the menu, even if these are items that you can get at other restaurants in the area. Visuals, menu options and more are posted on the restaurant’s website.