10 Best Romantic Wine Bars, for Valentine's Day Drinking That Won't Suck
If you haven't made a reservation for Valentine's Day by now, you're a failure.
At least that's how it'll feel as you frantically scroll through OpenTable, only to find you can dine at 5 p.m., 11 p.m., or anytime you like at TGI Fridays. Instead of competing with every jerk in the city for a table (and the privilege of spending a week's pay on price-inflated tasting menus), head to one these spots where you can have it all: ambiance, wine and a few bites.
Presenting our ten most romantic wine bars to get you through next week:
Aria Wine Bar
Although the candlelit interior of Aria exudes charming, Italian rusticity, the lead-up to the bar really sets the mood. Where else in the city can you find an ingenious scaffolding-pergola strung with romantic lights? The wine list offers an appreciative nod to the women producers of Italy, and the menu covers a host of Italian small plates to keep the night as affordable as you want. 117 Perry Street, 212-242-4233
As your eyes adjust to the dimly lit room, low-slung ceiling and flickering candles, it's easy to feel tipsy, even if you're sober. Fortunately, all this sexiness comes with a serious wine list regularly updated by the French owners. The kitchen serves a collection of internationally inspired dishes plus a regular rotation of oysters, perfect for stimulating your evening if the setting hasn't already. 247 Broome Street, 212-228-4450
The Vault at Pfaff's
This sophisticated subterranean lounge in Noho is named after Charles Pfaff, an 1850's wine and beer connoisseur who ran a watering hole frequented by the likes of Walt Whitman. Meant to evoke that era, the décor offers cozy seating and an elegant bar with a hand painted backsplash. Although a cocktail den at heart, Pfaff's offers a thoughtfully curated wine list that includes grower Champagnes. Table reservations recommended, but not required. 643 Broadway, 212-253-5421
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