There is something very apt about the fact that Tribeca Grill opened in 1990. This was one of the greatest vintages across France—as well as Piedmont, California, and Australia—in living memory.
And it makes sense, too, that this most wine-oriented of New York restaurants should have as one of its many calling cards a selection of fine bottles from the vintage (from Krug to Petrus; from Domaine des Comtes Lafon to Penfolds Grange).
The birth-year selection is really just the beginning of a list that is both personable with ‘Dave’s Picks’, and meticulously curated. Dave’s picks is a longstanding tradition and highlights emerging producers and lesser known vineyards, neighboring the iconic regions, with every reference endeavoured to be at ‘sensible’ prices. For the past quarter-century, the vinous offering at Tribeca, with its superb collection of California, Burgundy, and the Rhône the pick of its wide-ranging international selection, has been at the head of the pack. The Châteauneuf du Pâpe selection is considered to be the largest in the world, and accompanies an excellent range of rare wines such as aged white and red Burgundy, red Bordeaux, and, of course, the Rhône wines, to produce a well balanced and easy-to-read list. The result was a well-earned Jury Prize in the 2017 World's Best Wine Lists.
As senior judge Elin McCoy said, “You really feel that someone with a point of view and a palate is selecting the list and not just going for the most expensive vintages of Bordeaux and the latest obvious hip choices. It’s very carefully selected: for each producer it’s the right vintages, not every vintage.
“Plus the prices are really moderate in comparison with some of the other top lists in this competition. All that put it over the edge for me.”