Long Island has one of the best restaurant scenes in all of New York State. However, the area is perhaps most popular for the world-famous wine country on its east end. This has resulted in amazing Long Island wine bars in just about every town.
Unwind at these Long Island Wine Bars
The authentic flavors, recipes and wines of Italy are a staple at Ponte Mollo Ristorante in Great Neck. They offer a wide variety of tapas, wine and dinner options. No matter how many times you may visit, there’s always going to be something new and interesting to try.
Ponte Mollo is ideal for a drink after work, a quiet meet up with friends, a girls’ night out or a date night. You can enjoy a chilled bottle of Prosecco between multiple courses of house specialties like:
- Eggplant Rollatini
- Spaghetti Allo Scoglio
- Pappadelle Mushroom and Black Truffle Pasta
- Polpette di Vitello
You won’t find too many Long Island wine bars like this one, so make a reservation today!
Garden City has always been known as a hotspot of the Long Island food scene, in part because of dedicated modern eateries like Spuntino Wine Bar and Italian Tapas. Its Italian small plate dishes are some of the best around, although wine is still the restaurant’s main feature.
They offer 50 wines by the glass, 150 by bottle, four on tap and a rotating selection of daily flights. Housed in a 1,800-bottle temperature controlled cellar, their world-class international wine menu includes favorites like:
- Red Burgundy, Domaine Seguin-Manuel, France
- Cabernet Sauvignon, Twenty Rows, California
- Chardonnay, Bluxome Street Winery, California
- Etna Rosso, Salapuruta ‘Lavico,’ Italy
They are best paired with Spuntino’s tasty tapas dishes like:
- Prosciutto di Parma Salumi
- Gorgonzola, Apple and Walnut Bruschetta
- Smoked Mozzarella
- Roasted Fingerling Yams
They also have a popular happy hour that includes discounted bottles, four dollar beers, seven dollar cocktails and two dollar bruschetta. This Long Island wine bar gets pretty busy, so be sure to make a reservation ahead of time.
Poppy’s Place in Floral Park is a small bistro with an expansive wine list and a menu full of incredible Italian dishes. The décor and atmosphere will make you feel at home while you dine on entrees like:
- Filet of Tilapia Francese
- Skewered Beef and Peppers
- Linguine Chicken Broccoli Sun-dried
- Poppy’s Baked Ziti Bolognese
Make sure you order from their fantastic wine list that includes:
- Riesling, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington
- Pinot Grigio, Santa Margherita, Italy
- Chianti Classico, Rocca delle Macie, Tuscany
- Pinot Noir, Trinity Oaks, California
They’re closed on Mondays, but they offer a reasonably-priced happy hour Tuesday through Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Family owned and operated since 1992, Il Bacco brings authentic, old-school southern Italian delicacies to Little Neck. Their food is fresh, delicious and paired with tons of great tasting wines like:
- Chardonnay, Estate Macari, Long Island
- Merlot, Robert Mondavi Private Selection, California
- Shiraz, Rosemount Estatez, Australia
- Malbec, Select Trivento, Argentina
Their dinner options include:
- Zuppetta Mediterranean
- Gnocchi Piedmontese
- Straccetti di Pollo
- Vongole Oreganato
Each option is just as delicious and unique as the next, so you can never really go wrong with anything on the menu.
Which Long Island wine bars do you recommend? Are we missing any?