New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and we’ve got bubbly on the brain. Good thing NYC’s got plenty of bars that specialize in the stuff—no matter if it’s for toasting a brand new year or simply a Wednesday night in the city that never sleeps. Herewith, a few of SIXTY’s favorite places to grab a glass of champagne and raise a toast to the good life.
Vini e Fritti
One could argue champagne should be savored on its own, but we’re strong proponents of snacking. At Vini e Fritti, Danny Meyer’s Roman-style aperitivi bar, the menu pairs effervescent bevs with textured small plates. In addition to cocktails and wine, Vini e Fritti offers a handful of bubbly options, from lambrusco to rosé champagne. The food menu is divided into “Fried” and “Non-Fried” camps, with a couple dessert options to top off the evening.
30 E 30th St, New York, NY 10016
Air’s Champagne Parlor
For the modern day Marie Antoinette. Air’s Champagne Parlor is an undeniably feminine space with gilded barstools and velvety touches. It’s run by Ariel Arce, who offers her bottles at a relative bargain. (Think less restaurant mark-up and more retail mark-up.) Come here to try the cherished and the lesser known, from Jacques Selosse to Marc Herbert Cuvee de Reserve. If you’re feeling peckish, sate your hunger with some oysters, caviar, or charcuterie.
127 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012
The Champagne Bar
The Champagne Bar at the Plaza is a longstanding icon that harkens back to another—decidedly more luxurious—era. Golden curtains and crystal chandeliers set the stage for some serious sipping. Get a taste of the best of the best with their champagne flight, currently consisting of Moët & Chandon, Krug Rosé, and Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs. Those of the more experimental sort have plenty of champagne cocktails from which to choose, like the classic Bellini or French 75.
768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
While this delightfully rustic downtown bar doesn’t offer too many champagnes by the glass, its bottle list is mightily impressive. At Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, you’ll find nearly four full pages of options, from the real-deal French stuff to less traditional sparkling wines. Feelin’ spendy? Spring for a $1195 bottle of Jacques Selosse’s Extra Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs 2005. If you’re going to celebrate, why not celebrate right?
249 Centre St, New York, NY 10013
The Four Horsemen
LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy opened Four Horsemen in 2015 to much fanfare. Was it possible this guy knew that much about wine and music? Turns out he did. The bar and restaurant has earned a reputation as one of the best in Brooklyn, if not all of New York City. (Side note: Chef Nick Curtola let us interview him back in the day. You can read it here.) The wine list here showcases top-notch natural producers from all over the world. For sparkling wines, you won’t find any of the usual suspects here, and that’s a very good thing indeed.
295 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Also in Williamsburg, you’ll find Maison Premiere. The New Orleans-style restaurant is a long-standing neighborhood stalwart, and is routinely slammed. It’s still one of the toughest tables in the borough to get, and lines often snake out its shuttered front doors. While their champagne options aren’t bountiful, all the oysters on offer more than make up for it.
298 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249