A bargain-lovers dream, this tiny BYOB caf? is populated by a mellow
mix of Columbia students and Upper West Siders communing over French-Caribbean-accented
small plates with equally small price tags ($6?$10).
947 Columbus Ave., at 106th Street; 212-531-1643
This landmark eatery has been serving up vegan grub for more than
25 years and is actually the oldest BYOB in the East Village. You'll
feel awkward if you don't bring a bottle to this haven of
wholesome whole-foods diners drinking to each other's health.
300 East 12th Street; 212-228-3108
A Salt &
The new East Side location of this authentic fish-and-chips shop
has already succumbed to the American demand for sit-down dining,
but most of the expatriates who frequent the place would never dream
of breaking the beer goes with batter rule. That said, no
one will get their bangers in a knot if you pass on brew and opt
for the old "white goes with fish" routine. Just
make sure to bring your own corkscrew.
80 Second Avenue; 212-254-6610
Judging from the exceptionally creamy hummus and baba ghannouj,
the tangy vegetable moussaka, the herby zaatar, and the spectacularly
light, melt-in-your-mouth falafel, owner Samer Halimeh takes his
Lebanese cuisine seriously. Compliment his mouthwatering cuisine
with a well-chosen bottle of wine.
24 West 45th Street; 212-764-1588
Be prepared to stand outside in an informal ?line? that, given the
restaurant?s BYOB policy, often resembles a quaint block party.
Once you (and your wine bottle) get a table, you?ll be treated to
simple, delicious French fare that's surprisingly inexpensive.
253 W. 11th Street; 212-229-2611
Tea & Sympathy
This stylish little British joint serves up classics like kidney
pie and Welsh rarebit (bread, melted cheese, and mustard). Management
is not opposed to bringing your own vino to accompany your
meal, but there is one catch: BYOB-ers must share a glass
with the staff!
108-110 Greenwich Ave; 212-807-8329
There's no menu at this BYOB Indian eatery, and the meal changes
according to whatever the chef feels like cooking. However, you
can count on having a lentil dish, a potato dish, and a vegetable
dish, all vegetarian and homemade with the freshest ingredients
and spices. And you can at least feel somewhat in control by choosing,
purchasing, and schlepping your own bottle of wine.
28 Greenwich Avenue; 212-367-7411