413 E. 12th St., nr. First Ave.; 646-602-1300
To Paul Grieco, Terroir’s not just a nice place to quaff wines. It’s a “soapbox platform” for his oenophilic predilections. The co-owner’s global wine list, with 50 selections by the glass, is interspersed with notes on the history of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and a comparison of the rogue Spanish winemaker Alvaro Palacios to the Sex Pistols. Varietals or regions change depending on when you go: Winter brought sherry, March is all about Madeira, and Rieslings come pouring in during the summer. Bartenders cheerfully analyze what you order or discreetly hand over chef/co-owner Marco Canora’s veal ricotta meatballs to go with your Austrian Blaufränkisch.
Best Wine Bar
From the 2009 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).