How to be a wine journalist: 1) spend all your disposable income drinking wine around New York City; 2) try to get a very paltry sum back by writing about all the amazing places.
Here is my list of places where you can drink wonderful bottles and glasses of wine, at reasonable prices, without fancy Coravins or a squadron of sommeliers. Just real wine, from real winemakers, served by real people who love to drink real wine. Please keep in mind that 18 was a completely arbitrary number (I had a longer list but of course, it was trimmed down by the editor) and “best” is just a word used in headlines. Cheers!