One of the aspects of a successful business transaction is inviting your clients to a night of food and wine. A celebration and treat for both parties for a job well done and wishes for a healthy and prosperous future. There is hardly a place in the world where you have a better choice of restaurants than Manhattan. From age old classic steakhouses to ultra-modern culinary journeys, you can find them all within a cab ride from your office. Entertaining clients (especially if they are visiting the city that never sleeps) is an art. And like most arts, you need tools and knowhow in order to have a successful result. Wine takes a special place on the table on those occasions, so here are a few exceptional restaurants with award winning wine lists.
Becco - Italian
Becco is a wonderfully warm Italian restaurant with classic favorites and the opportunity to do pasta tastings of the three daily flavors. The wine list is strictly Italian, from both large and artisanal makers. Beyond the choices by the glass , all of the bottle offerings are priced at 29$. This is a unique concept removing the price from the decision process. That way, you can buy more than one style of wine, making everybody at the table happy. Address: 355 W 46th St, tel 212 397 7597, reservations recommended.
Betony – American
Betony is a modern American restaurant with artfully plated dishes. It offers an a la carte menu at its lively bar, as well as four-course prix-fixe, and a seasonal tasting menu of cutting edge of American New cuisine. Its wine list is an artwork on its own, which patrons can spend hours perusing. You will find every wine-growing region of the world represented, as well as a variety of options from the best wineries in the world. Address: 41 W 57th St, tel 212 465 2400, reservations recommended.
Landmark – Bistro
Landmark is located in the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle. It serves a bistro-style fare inspired by French and Italian dishes with an American twist. It is casual and the food is wonderfully executed. Its wine list is well-balanced with representatives of all major growing regions. Notably, Landmark is known for pricing their wine list fairly, below the industry standard, and that has gained them a following of wine lovers. Address: 10 Columbus Circle #3, tel 212 823 6123, reservations recommended.
Molyvos – Greek
If you have guests from Europe, or you are in a Mediterranean mood, visit one of the oldest (and very best) Greek restaurants in Manhattan. It has been around for decades and prides itself on seafood from local and Mediterranean fishermen delivered daily. The wine list is an exotic one featuring exclusively Greek wines, representing every region of Greece and working very close with some artisanal producers. A knowledgeable sommelier will walk you through this new world of flavor. Address: 871 7th Ave, tel 212 582 7500, reservations recommended.
Aquavit – Nordic
Aquavit offers seasonal Nordic cuisine at the highest standard. It has two Michelin stars and lives up to every aspect of excellence, inventing new techniques and ways to surprise its patrons. Its wine list is a world on its own that offers everything from rare vintages of top Burgundy producers, to budget friendly selections from up and coming regions. You can select a few half bottles to go with your meal or have a wine pairing with the tasting menu. Address: 65 E 55th St, tel 212 307 7311, reservations recommended.