Long Island is well-known for its wineries out east, so it’s no surprise that it is also home to many excellent local wine bars. Here are four that stand out among the rest for their selection, atmosphere, and service.
Barrique Kitchen and Wine Bar
69 Deer Park Ave., Babylon
Oenophiles will love Barrique, where the wine selection is wide and the prices are affordable. This Babylon Village wine bar carries over 150 wines, with most being of the American variety, and not one bottle is more than $100. In fact, you will find that many of the selections are $30 and under. The food here is inexpensive too; no plate is priced at more than $15. Specials are offered seven days a week, as well, including ten bucks off a full bottle every Wednesday and Ladies Night every Thursday. Barrique’s website also boasts “an abundance of free parking” so you won’t have to worry about finding a spot.
1080 Corporate Dr., Westbury
Voted Best Wine Bar by the Long Island Press in 2011, this sophisticated wine bar in Westbury makes the perfect setting for a romantic night out, especially if your sweetheart has a soft spot for wine. You’ll be floored by the establishment’s floor-to-ceiling wine cellar, which you can see from anywhere in the large, upscale dining room. With the help of the City Cellar’s expert staff, pair your wine with a complementary dish chosen from an extensive menu that goes well beyond only salads and cheeses to include seafood, steaks, thin crust pizzas, and more. Then, wrap up your evening with a delicious dessert.
The Vine Wine Bar
2259 Merrick Rd., Merrick
With an impressive selection of more than 75 wines and a classy but casual atmosphere, the Vine Wine Bar is a great place to meet for drinks and a quick bite. If wine isn’t your drink of choice, you can also enjoy one of the bar’s imported beers. A private tasting room with candlelit tables and VIP bottle service offers a romantic date setting or a place to hold a private party.
45 Deer Park Ave. Babylon
Molto Vino has been a huge hit among both wine connoisseurs and casual diners since its doors first opened in 2012. The wine bar, along with its neighboring storefront, Solo Vino, was even featured in the New York Times for its large selection of more than 100 wines and its expert bartenders. While Molto Vino is clearly all about the wine, you can also enjoy a quick bite to eat here, including an assortment of cheeses, salads, and panini.