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Milon BYOB restaurant in NYC
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The best BYOB restaurants in NYC

Save a few bucks on dinner by bringing your own pair-ready bottle of wine to the best BYOB restaurants NYC has to offer

By Dan Q Dao and Lauren Rothman

Guess what: Some of Gotham's top eateries with extensive wine lists let you bring your own bottle to pair with the food. To help you save some cash, we've cooked up a handy guide to the signature dishes at these BYOB restaurants—and a bottle you can nab at the best liquor stores nearby to complement your meal. From the city's best Thai restaurants to pizzerias doling out the best pizza in NYC, raise a glass to the best BYOB restaurants NYC has to offer.

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khe-yo rice bang bang sauce
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Restaurants South Asian Tribeca

Marc Forgione’s Laotian gem boasts whole caramelized red snapper glazed in tamarind-peanut sauce ($39). To complement the fish, pick up a 2012 Kuntz Estate Trocken Riesling ($26) whispered with lime and spring blossoms, from Tribeca Wine Merchants (40 Hudson St; 212-393-1400).

LUCALI basil pizza
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Restaurants Pizza Carroll Gardens

Mark Iacono’s famed pizzeria also makes one of New York’s most notable calzones ($10), a steamy pocket of crispy dough nestling a secret five-cheese blend. Make a predinner hop to Henry Street Wines & Liquors (494 Henry St, Brooklyn; 718-858-1928) for a bottle of super versatile, fittingly Italian 2014 Castello di Luzzano Carlino ($19).

Buttermilk Channel
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Buttermilk Channel

Restaurants American Carroll Gardens

Sink your fangs into the spot’s famed buttermilk fried chicken with cheddar waffles ($27). With a special blend of whites, including sauvignon blanc and viognier, the 2014 Jules Melange Vin Blanc ($16) at Fat Cat Wines & Spirits (538 Court St, Brooklyn; 347-599-0765) has richness to complement the bird and acerbity to cut through those cheesy waffles.

DI FARA the classic pizza
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Di Fara Pizza

Restaurants Pizza Midwood

This legendary deep-Brooklyn pizza shop requires some dedication from its diners, with wait times for a table sometimes exceeding two hours. After all that queuing, you’ll definitely want a drink—look for a crisp white with the acidity to cut through the richness of the pie’s cheese and match that of its tomato sauce. Liquors Galore (1212 Ave J, Brooklyn; 718-338-4166) has just the bottle: a 2014 Chateau Soreq Muscat ($14.99) that’s dry and fruity in equal measure.

Peking Duck House
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Peking Duck House

Restaurants Chinese Chinatown

A Chinatown institution, the specialty of this roasted-fowl temple is right there in the name. The crisp-skinned whole duck is served moo shu style, with house hoisin and plenty of fresh cucumbers and scallions to roll up in the warm steamed pancakes ($52). Before sitting down to dinner, stop by Broadway Spirits (315 Broadway, 212-227-8200) to pick up a bottle of young, fruity red with enough acidity to rise to the rich roasted meat: the store’s 2014 Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages ($19.99) boasts hints of plum, strawberry and blackberry, plus a warming spiciness that will complement the bird’s Chinese flavors.

Sugar Hill Burger from Queens Comfort
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Queens Comfort

Restaurants American Astoria

At the cozy Astoria comfort kitchen, a gonzo peanut-butter-and-jelly burger ($12) layers a beef patty with Skippy, grape jelly and smoked bacon. (You’re welcome, stoners.) The 2014 Apothic Dark Red Blend ($12) at MUHO Wines & Liquors (28-11 Steinway St, Queens; 718-777-2122) is a worthy match made for that meaty creation, touting shades of blueberry and black cherry along with hints of vanilla and mocha.


Wondee Siam II

Restaurants Thai Hell's Kitchen

Thai-accented Hell’s Kitchen joint specializes in tender soft-shell crab served with tangy mango salad ($17.95). Duck into Cellar 53 Wine & Spirits (785 Tenth Ave; 646-861-1093) for a bottle of New Zealand’s 2014 Cable Bay Sauvignon Blanc ($13), which imparts citrus flavors that are subtle enough to let the crustacean shine.

Bistro Petit
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Bistro Petit

Restaurants American Williamsburg

While this Williamsburg boite’s name screams classic French, its menu is anything but, with Asian ingredients such as chili sauce and kimchi bringing heat and acidity to the kitchen’s Gallic salads, starches and stews. Find the funky fermented cabbage nestled in bowl of Korean beef bourguignon ($27), deeply flavored with earthy carrots, cipollini onions and shiitake mushrooms, and served alongside a crushed baked potato. The restaurant’s $10 corkage fee is offset by nearby D.O.C. Wine Shop’s (147 Broadway, Brooklyn; 718-388-0087) support of its neighbor: Mention that you’ll be dining at Bistro Petit and you’ll get 10-percent off your purchase. Put that discount towards a full-bodied Pinot Noir that stands up to—and accentuates—the richness and slight spiciness of the bourguignon, like the store’s 2013 Edmond Cornu & Fils Bourgogne Rouge Les Barrigards ($24.99).


A Cafe New York

Restaurants Caribbean Upper West Side

This Caribbean-inflected upper-Upper West Side bistro has been a favorite among BYO tipplers since it opened in 2001. Make the most of its no-corkage-fee policy by stopping by nearby Manhattan Valley Wine and Spirits (984 Columbus Ave; 646-360-2975) to pick up a bottle of red to pair with the restaurant’s tropical-accented French plates. Hailing from New Zealand, the store’s 2010 Mana NZ Pinot Noir ($14) is light and easy drinking, but with a touch of pepper on the finish that makes it an excellent match for rich, warming duck leg confit with jerk spices and a citrus jus reduction ($23).

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Restaurants French West Village

Chef Thierry Rochard’s snug corner bistro is a haven for Francophiles, and the restaurant’s deep bowl of moules mariniere with frites ($22) handily transports shell-slurpers to Provence, with its classic flavorings of shallots, garlic, thyme, parsley and white wine. To stand up to those heady aromatics, choose a white with some backbone. A 2014 Domaine Octavie Touraine Sauvignon ($14), available down the street at Manley’s Wines & Spirits (35 8th Ave; 212-242-3712), fits the bill perfectly: tropical notes and a hint of tangerine balance the mussels’ garlicky notes, but don’t overpower: they, in turn, are checked by the wine’s healthy level of acidity.

Milon BYOB restaurant in NYC
Photograph: Courtesy Flickr/CC/Mr Seb


Restaurants Indian East Village

If you’re not blown away by the hundreds of Christmas lights adorning this Curry Row eatery, you definitely need a glass or two to pair with a fiery lamb tikka masala ($9.95). Beforehand, head to WINESHOP (438 E 9th St; 212-477-9463) for a berry–tinged 2014 Gomariz La Flor y la Abeja ($18) with an unfiltered texture that makes it totally ideal for cradling spice.

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