Best Wine Bar:
The Owl’s Head
(479 74th St, Bay Ridge)
Owned and operated by artists and aesthetes, Owl’s Head offers a formidable array of wines from the rustic and robust to the delicate and refined, and from the local to the extensively foreign—and their cheeses, panini and creative crostini are perfect for palate-titillating pairings therewith. The turquoise-specked maple bar is itself a beguiling work of art worth the trip. Is it one of co-owner John Avelluto’s trompe l’oeil paintings? Yes. No. More vino!
Runner Up: Crave
(570 Henry St, Carroll Gardens)
Sure, it’s a great little place to stop for a pre-pizza glass of wine while you wait for a table at nearby Lucali, but it’s destination-worthy for its carefully curated list of wines from around the globe, with a focuse on organic, biodynamic and energy-efficient vineyards.