Wine Tasting in North New Hyde Park

Date-Night Packages with Small Plates & Dessert Martinis at AYZA Wine & Chocolate Bar (Up to 48% Off)

AYZA Wine & Chocolate Bar

New York

$92 $49

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Martinis mix chocolate with flavors such as raspberry and mint; imported cheeses complement plates of grilled shrimp and artichoke hearts

Italian Food and Drinks at Vitis La Vineria (50% Off). Two Options Available.

VITIS La Vineria

Gramercy Park

$60 $30

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Owner brings the taste and atmosphere of his native Italy to restaurant, whose menu offers salads, paninis, small plates, and desserts

Shortbread and Wine for Two or Four, or Carry-Out Shortbread at Two Moon Art House and Cafe (Up to 43% Off)

Two Moon Art House and Cafe

Park Slope

$30 $18

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House-baked shortbread flavors include honey wheat and rosemary sea salt; samplers also include glasses of wine

Champagne Tasting at The Night of Champagne on Wednesday, November 12 (50% Off). Four Options Available.

The Night of Champagne

New York

$160 $80

Guests sip several types of champagne and snack on hors d'oeuvres; VIP guests can try high-end champagnes such as Dom Perignon and Cristal

European Tapas and Wine for Two at Wine Bar (50% Off)

Wine Bar

Bowery

$40 $20

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100+ different bottles of wine line the walls of the intimate, Zagat-rated café serving French, Spanish, and Italian tapas

$29 for a Dinner with Two Entrees and One Bottle of Wine at 1742 Wine Bar ($80.90 Value)

1742 Wine Bar

Upper East Side

$80.90 $29

Start meals off with a chosen bottle of wine, paired with entrees such as potato gnocchi in a vodka sauce of pizza with taco-themed toppings

Date-Night Package for Two or Four at DTUT (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

DTUT

New York

$32 $16

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Pairs dine on s'mores platters and sip wine for a romantic date night

Wine Tasting with Wine Glasses for Two or Four at Staten Island Winery (Half Off)

Staten Island Winery

Travis

$30 $15

From 6–9 p.m., guests sample four different wines and take home a wine glass

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Brooklyn Winery's team crafts small-batch, artisanal wines in Williamsburg?and if winemaking in an urban environment sounds odd to customers, they can always find out how it works during Tuesday winery tours. The tour guides walk groups through their entire process, from the moment the grapes arrive at the facility to when the cork goes in the final wine bottle, trapping the wine genie inside for good. Of course, the process varies from wine to wine. The team ages some vintages in stainless-steel containers, while the barrel-fermented riesling is aged, predictably, in oak barrels, an old-school technique that originated in prerefrigeration Germany. The result? A quirky riesling with hints of soapstone, mushroom, and honey.

The team doesn't just reclaim old German traditions, though. For their unpretentious 1,200-square-foot wine bar, they also reclaimed most of the building materials. In the cozy, unpretentious bar, visitors sip vintages pulled from wine racks that were once World War II ammo boxes; the walls, meanwhile, were barn wood in a past life, and the bar itself is made from old church pews, completing the aura of modernity rooted in history.

213 N 8th St.
Brooklyn,
NY
US

Brasserie 214 traces its roots far across the space-time continuum. The original iteration of the restaurant launched way back in 1938, but recent renovations and menu evolutions have brought French, Northern Italian, Belgian, German, and Scandinavian culinary traditions to the fore. Entrees such as salmon niçoise and duck à l'orange, as well as specialty schnitzels, exemplify the kind of elegant dinner, lunch, and brunch fare prepared by the skilled chefs. Imported beers and stateside craft brews pour from the taps to complement that selection. Of course, it wouldn't be a Long Island brasserie or a valid retirement destination without a robust cocktail selection. To that end, bartenders mix together specialty martinis, sangria, and sidecars with Bacardi, Disaronno, and fresh lemon juice served in a sugar-rimmed martini glass.

214 Jericho Turnpike
New Hyde Park,
NY
US

Chef Ricardo Cardona might be from El Salvador, but that doesn’t mean his cooking sticks to tradition. At Mamajuana Café, he draws on more than 25 years of cooking to build his modern cuisine on a foundation of his homeland’s centuries-old cooking traditions. And it seems like his efforts have paid off: his Nuevo Latino dishes, which also prominently feature Dominican flavors, earned the eatery a Critics’ Pick designation from New York magazine. All that attention might be on account of the chef’s inventive flavor combinations, such as sweet plantains stuffed with salted cod, chicken-tempura sushi rolls, and Cornish game hen topped with diced chorizo and lobster. In the dining space, tufted leather banquettes run along the wall just beneath studio lighting and backlit artwork. Bright red and earth-tone curtains give the room a clublike vibe, which set the tone for when diners take to the dance floor between courses.

860 Franklin Ave
Garden City,
NY
US

Wine U Design’s mission is to educate the public about viniculture and help share fun, social experiences that hone in on wine's many facets. Infinitely more delicious than local bubblegum tastings, Wine U Design holds wine-tasting events, where visitors can sample in-house, artisan-crafted wines paired with carefully curated appetizers. Tour the winery, from the oak aging barrels to the pine fountain-of-youth barrels, and allow guest speakers to upgrade collective wine wisdom with informative discussions about the grape-sourced and festive beverage.

156 Engineers Dr
Hicksville,
NY
US

The Avenue Cafe stockpiles its prolific culinary roster with traditional classics and contemporary cuisine featuring Spanish, Italian, and Greek specialties served within elegant Metropolitan-themed surroundings. Selections from the dinner and lunch menu include three-quarter-pound burgers—which weigh the same as three-quarter-pound dumbbells coated in ketchup—molded into specialty creations such as the Mediterranean served on toasted pita with feta cheese, peppers, onions, and mushrooms ($11.99). Signature salads, including the Southwest steak edition ($14.95), amass an Arizona-sized taco shell in grilled skirt steak, baby corn, red roasted peppers, and romaine lettuce. Taste buds can take a culinary trip to the old country with international entrees such as the penne alla vodka, a pasta dish adorned with plum tomatoes and light vodka-cream sauce ($10.99), or the chicken madrid, sautéed with spinach in lemon-white-wine-butter sauce ($16.99) and flown over Spain's capital just for good measure. More than 25 omelets occupy breakfast-menu real estate, with specialty portobello mushrooms ($9.95) packing gourmet fungi into a heap of shredded cheddar and mozzarella complemented by roasted peppers and three eggs.

20 W Park Ave
Long Beach,
NY
US

Massimo Scoditti left the comforts of his home in Mesagne, Italy, for New York City with the intention of increasing the prominence of Italian food in the Big Apple. Accomplishing his mission is his restaurant, Brio, which opened in 1990 and has since become something of a staple to Upper East Siders. In fact, it had so many fans that Scoditti expanded Brio in 2011 to include a second location in the Flatiron District. Brio Flatiron upholds the original location’s allegiance to high-quality italian ingredients. Its menu features some of New York magazine’s favorite dishes from the original Brio, including salmon tartare served in a balsamic reduction and linguine smeraldino—a bed of black-ink pasta cradling shrimp and bell peppers. Yet the restaurant also forges a new path with menu items of its own. The cavatelli romanesco, for example, brings the heat with calabrese-chili flakes and Esposito’s sausage crumbled over handmade pasta and cauliflower. Alternatively, the battuta d’agnello features thin slices of lamb served with confetti tomatoes. The second Brio also differentiates itself from the flagship location with a sleeker interior and refusal to answer to Junior.

920 Broadway
New York,
NY
US