Sipping your way through a restaurant’s wine list makes for a fun evening, although it can feel limiting. Sometimes you just want a bottle that’s not on the list. Whether you’re looking to pull out something special, try that label you’ve been eyeing at the wine shop, or plan a specially curated wine-tasting date out on the town, BYOB is the way to go. So grab the bottle you’ve been craving, and check out these BYOB restaurants in NYC.
Strolling through the front doors of Racines NY in Tribeca is like teleporting to a rustic Parisian bistro—wood tables, exposed bulbs and brick, and a marble bar under dangling wine glasses. An eclectic mix of mix of jazz and old school rap plays, setting a more modern tone. On BYOB Mondays, bring your own bottle—without corkage fees—and receive an expert pairing suggestion. In the unpretentious dining room, try organic and biodynamic wines from small French producers with farm-to-fork bites to pay homage to nature. Or you can sit at the intimate four-person chef’s counter and you smell works in progress, such as sautéed escargots and seared scallops, enhanced by hints of orange, hazelnut, and juniper. If you happen to visit any other day of the week, you can choose a glass from the more than 800 labels on Racine NY’s impressive wine list.
The Leopard at des Artistes
Even if you’ve never been to southern Italy, the canopied entrance of Leopard at des Artistes, in its neo-Gothic-style building, will give a warm sense of nostalgia. Sip your chosen wine—BYO without a corkage fee during Sunday Supper—in the former home of the famous Café des Artistes, and savor shellfish ragout atop organic couscous and burrata cheese and artichoke stuffed ravioli. The walls, covered with murals depicting naked, flitting nymphs among lush flora, and white-linen-draped tables, each decorated with a single yellow tulip, help set the mood Italiano. Bring along a nice Chianti or Moscato to further complement the experience.
Louro is one of those detail-oriented restaurants that take typical American dishes and give them a seasonal, avant-garde twist (pig trotter ice cream, anyone?). And, you can bring your own bottle of wine during the Monday corkage fee-free BYOB Nossa Mesa Supper Club events. Get ready for a meal as exciting as a Broadway show, as five-to-seven-course sustainability-driven menus are built around weekly themes, such as pop culture phenomenons like Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad and historical milestones like the birthdays of Elvis or Shakespeare. You’ll really get into the act when the chef starts introducing the dishes and enhancing your meal with props and film clips. Sit among walls decked with illustrations of the restaurant’s namesake bay leaf and shelves showcasing Chef David Santos’s colorful pickling experiments. Louro is truly a 360-degree artistic experience, without sacrificing your personal wine style.