- In Vino
215 East 4th Street, 212-539-1011
Luigi Iasilli, proprietor of the well-loved trattoria Max and its new wine-bar spinoff, has nothing against Chianti, or Barolo, or Barbera. He just forgoes them in favor of their lesser-known, overlooked brethren, the wines of Southern Italy—in part because he hails from there, and in part because he predicts they will be the next big viticultural thing. There may be no cozier place to test his thesis than this snug, cavelike room, where extremely well-versed waiters explain the subtle differences between a Sardinian Cannonau, a Sicilian Nero d’Avola, and a Campanian Aglianico—just a few of the winning wines you’ll come across on the voluminous list. Iasilli uses good glassware and unfussy, wine-friendly tapas to bolster his argument, which, as the evening progresses and the Puglian Primitivo flows, becomes increasingly persuasive.
Best Wine Bar
From the 2004 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).