7 E. 59th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-223-3028
A faithful reproduction of Verona’s legendary wine bar, down to the proprietary stemware and the rare vintages of everything from Opus One to Château d’Yquem.
- 2. Veritas
43 E. 20th St., nr. Park Ave. S.; 212-353-3700
Two serious collectors opened this place when they realized you can’t take it with you—“it” being a 3,000-bottle collection.
- 3. Ditch Plains
29 Bedford St., at Downing St.; 212-633-0202
At this urban fish shack, every wine sold by the bottle is also available by the half, at prices much closer to retail than the typically larcenous restaurant markup.
- 4. Cru
24 Fifth Ave., at 9th St.; 212-529-1700
A Bouley grad in the kitchen, and a 65,000-bottle dream of a cellar.