Tribeca Grill

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 Leroy Richebourg Grand Cru to Penfolds Grange).

But then, the birth-year selection is really just the beginning of a list that took up a thoroughly deserved place on our shortlist for the Best Wine List in North America. 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. 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.”