The Riddler is one of the few spots in the city that calls itself a Champagne bar, and if you’re not familiar with the premise, it’s exactly what it sounds like. This small bar in the West Village (the original is in San Francisco) serves more than 150 Champagnes, so it should be at the top of your list when you want to drink sparkling wine from Northeastern France. You should also keep it in mind when you’re looking for a date spot that’s low-commitment but still impressive. There’s very little room to stand, so make a reservation, share some oysters and half-bottles of wine, and if you feel like spending a lot of money really quickly, ask your server for a chambong, which is available off-menu.
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Family friendly, celeb-heavy and aesthetically pleasing, Bubby's represents its Tribeca zip code hard. This is It's one of the better known Chronic Brunch spots around town.
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The Ten Bells
The Ten Bells is a natural wine bar on the Lower East Side that serves some good small plates and $1 Happy Hour oysters every day.
Ruffian is a tiny East Village bar with a huge natural wine list and a short menu of really good Mediterranean food.
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