The Ten Bells
"Great natural wines, simple food made with good ingredients and a casual, intimate atmosphere." Eric Asimov, The NY Times’s wine critic.
With over a decade under its belt, The Ten Bells was one of the earliest arrivals to the natural wine scene in NYC (it was founded by three employees of Le Pere Pinard, a nearby bistro). The wine list, originated by Fifi Essome (one of the original owners) was later expanded by Jorge Riera (wine director of Frenchette). The philosophy was to support their winemaking friends by making natural wines more accessible (many of which have since become household names, Riera notes). The tapas style menu offers a variety of small plates and snacks. The natural wines on offer include nearly two dozen by the glass and a greater selection by the bottle—spotlighting small producers like winemaker Andrea Cervani, who planted his vineyards using clay and limestone soil in Emilia Romagna; and sparkling wine from Oyster River Winegrowers based out of Oregon. They feature a daily happy hour with oysters and wine, in addition to hosting the Mediterranean menu of Sami & Susu, which relocated from Brooklyn to The Ten Bells late last year.
How to order: Heated outdoor seating available. For reservations, email email@example.com or 212-228-4450.