- The Simone
151 E. 82nd St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-772-8861
Tina Vaughn has been matching wines to her husband Chip Smith’s food since their first restaurant in North Carolina. Not so much a stodgy sommelier as a giddy grape nut, Vaughn has a knack for flavor combinations and a desire to please—even customers who’ll only drink red with flounder paupiettes. Submit to her, though, at $45 per, and you’ll learn how the 2010 Domaine Bechtold Pinot Gris Silberberg “just loves” the sweetbreads’ mustard beurre blanc, and why a certain Alsatian Gewürztraminer is a lardon-studded Caesar’s best friend. As for that flounder: What better than a floral white from the restaurant’s Provençal namesake, Château Simone?
Best Wine Pairings
From the 2014 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).