Our Favorite BYOB Restaurants & The Wines We Love To Bring To Them

BYOB restaurants are rare gems theses days. We love them not only because we don’t have to pay $12 for a ho-hum glass of wine, but because they give us a chance to get creative with our food and drink pairings.

Here are a few of our favorite local BYOBs, and our top picks for perfect pairings.

French: Tartine 

Light-bodied, rustic reds will compliment a wide range of French bistro fare, from Salade Lyonnaise to Steak au Poive, and everything in between.

We Love…
Coeur Estérelle Rouge, Côtes de Provence 2010
Beaujolais-Villages “Vieillevigne”, Dom. des Terres Vivantes 2009
Bourgogne Rouge “Maisons Dieu”, Moissenet-Bonnard 2009

Italian: Piccola Strada 

Chooose crisp, mineral-driven white wines to match seafood dishes and reds with firm acidity to offset tart tomato-based sauces

We Love…
Roero Arneis “Camestri,” Porello 2010
Collio Bianco, E. Keber 2010
Piedirosso, Cantine Farro 2010

Filipino/Thai: Kuma Inn 

Delicate whites with just a touch of residual sugar balance the sweetness found in many Thai sauces, but won’t overwhelm more subtle vegetarian or fish dishes.

We Love…
Leo Steen Chenin Blanc, California
Whitecliff Vineyards Traminette 2010 NY
Pinot Blanc, Louis Sipp 2009
Photo: Shanna Ravindra/ NYMag