Apr 28 2009

BYO’s Spreading Like the You-Know-What Virus

Published by Andy at 10:05 am under BYOs

While the SLA has been cracking down on restaurants with temporary BYO policies — those that allow BYO while they await their liquor license — several restaurants are following in the footsteps of Alto and either waiving or relaxing their BYO policies to attract customers. We all know the NYC BYO mainstays (think Tartine, Nook, Poke, Cube 63, Peking Duck House, Persimmon, etc.) but did you know, for example, that Houston’s is BYO with no corkage fee at both Manhattan locations or that The Little Owl is BYO with no corkage fee on your first bottle? In a recent WSJ piece, Danny Meyer explained why he’s been relaxing his restaurant’s BYO policies: “I would imagine that many wine lovers have more bottles in their cellar than they’re going to drink in a week, a month, a year, maybe even a lifetime and they’re waiting for a special occasion to open them. We wanted to encourage people to enjoy what they already own and at the end of a delicious meal, they can see that the check is smaller.” In fact, for the month of May, Danny Meyer’s Union Square Cafe is reducing its corkage fee from $25 to $10, which is “really gentle” according to Meyer. We agree. To find some other “really gentle” BYO policies, we’ve done a bit of groundwork on GoBYO.com and created a list of some of the best BYO spots around the city with corkage fees of $10 or less. But please always call first to verify. We’d hate for you to be left holding the bottle.

A Cafe & Wine Room – BYO w/ no corkage fee

Alto — BYO w/ no corkage fee

Apiary — No corkage fee on Monday nights

Baoguette / Baoguette Cafe — BYO w/ no corkage fee

Bar Blanc Bistro — No corkage fee on Sunday nights

Beacon — No corkage fee on Sunday nights

Broadway East — No corkage fee on Sunday and Monday nights.

Cafe Himalaya (aka, Himalayan Cafe) – BYO w/ no corkage fee

A Casa Fox BYO w/ no corkage fee (the fireplace is a plus)

Cherin Sushi – BYO w/ no corkage fee

Chow Bar — BYO w/ $10 corkage fee

Cipolla Rossa — BYO w/ no corkage fee

Cipriani Downtown — BYO w/ no corkage fee

Dylan Prime — Corkage fee has been waived through Memorial Day Labor Day

El Parador — No corkage fee on Monday nights and 20% off any bottle on the list

Houston’s — BYO w/ no corkage fee at both locations

Island Burgers & Shakes — BYO w/ no corkage fee not BYO anymore

Joe’s Shanghai — BYO w/ no corkage fee at both locations

Keste Pizza & Vino — BYO w/ no corkage fee (N.B., still BYO as of 4/27/09)

La Palapa West — BYO w/ $10 corkage fee

La Sirène Bistro : BYO w/ no corkage  fee (cash only)

Megu: BYO w/ no corkage fee on Tuesday nights

The Modern — No corkage fee on Sunday nights

The Orchard – No corkage on Sunday nights

Palacio Azteca — BYO w/ no corkage fee (thanks to our friend Andrea for telling us about this one on the UES)

Philip Marie — BYO w/ $7 corkage fee

San Marzano Pizzeria — BYO w/ no corkage fee

Square Meal — BYO w/ $2 corkage fee

Tabla — BYO w/ no corkage fee on first 2 bottles, $25 each additional bottle

Tadka – BYO w/ no corkage fee

Tribeca Grill – No corkage fee on Monday nights

Union Square Cafe — Reduced corkage fee from $25 to $10

Via dei Mille — BYO w/ $10 corkage fee

Wo Hop — it’s BYO w/ no corkage at this Chinatown spot know for it’s late night/early morning dining

Yama – BYO w/ $10 corkage fee


Panna II Indian Restaurant (East Village)

Cube 63 (Lower East Side)

Tartine (West Village)

Peking Duck House (Chinatown)

Poke (Upper East Side)

Ivo & Lulu (Soho)

Gazala Place (Midtown West)

Sticky Rice (Lower East Side)

Bellini (Upper West Side)

Persimmon Kimchi House (East Village)

Sigiri Sri Lanka Restaurant (East Village)

Nook (Hell’s Kitchen)

Di Fara Pizza (Brooklyn)

Kuma Inn (Lower East Side) $5 — Click here for our dinner at Kuma Inn

Grand Sichuan (Various Locations) $5 but only if they don’t have your bottle on their list

Zaytoons (Brooklyn)

20 responses so far

20 Responses to “BYO’s Spreading Like the You-Know-What Virus”

  1. alexon 28 Apr 2009 at 11:15 am

    At El Parador every Monday no corkage fee and 20% off any wine list selection

  2. Andyon 28 Apr 2009 at 11:52 am

    thanks alex. we’ll add el parador to the list.

  3. musignyon 28 Apr 2009 at 12:51 pm

    tnanks but for the love of god, please take out the apostrophe!

    the plural of BYO is BYOs.

  4. Kayton 28 Apr 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Thanks for the list! This is going in Bookmarks.

  5. Andyon 28 Apr 2009 at 1:50 pm

    @ musigny — i agree with you. in the plural sense, BYO should be BYOs. i think i was using it in the sense that “BYO Is Spreading Like…”, so i think “BYO’s”, as in “BYO is”, is appropriate grammar. but since i do like talking about BYOs in plural, i think i’ll list another good one for you — corkage has been waived until memorial day at dylan prime.

  6. katiebakeson 28 Apr 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Ivo and Lulu is BYO and delicious. Unsure about corkage fee, but I don’t believe there is one.

  7. sashanycon 29 Apr 2009 at 11:19 am

    Café Cortadito in the East Village. 210 E 3rd. Great cuban spot. No corkage fee.

  8. Andyon 29 Apr 2009 at 11:25 am

    @ katiebakes — you’re right about ivo and lulu. no corkage. at first this list was just gonna be all the byo spots that people wouldn’t think are byo, but i added a “usual suspects” section to include the tried and true old-school NYC BYOs. thanks.

    @ sashanyc — thanks. i’ll include cafe cortadito. sounds like you found me yet another great e village byo spot to try out.

  9. wildtaon 29 Apr 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Zagat.com also has a list of BYOs not mentioned on here.

  10. Carynon 30 Apr 2009 at 9:07 am

    If you go upstairs at Tabla for the Tabla’s 10 menu on Wednesday nights, you can drink your first two bottles of wine without a corkage fee.

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  12. Anonymouson 01 May 2009 at 10:41 am

    Island Burgers is no longer BYO w/o corkage. They serve a pretty generic selection of beers and wines now. Went there the other week, they charged $10 for a six pack of beer, or $2 per bottle. Not sure on the wine $$.

  13. Anonymouson 03 May 2009 at 10:19 pm

    You may also want to check out Eat-pisode on Ludlow St bet. Rivington & Delancey. Good Thai food, and at last count, BYO w/ no corkage fee.

  14. Romanon 05 May 2009 at 3:53 pm


    Thanks for including us in your research. We hope we fulfilled all your BYO finding needs. Please let us know if you have any feedback regarding the site.

    - Roman & the GoBYO.com team

  15. Cassyon 05 May 2009 at 4:31 pm

    tai thai on 1st street and 1st ave is byo. not sure if there is a fee. good thai food. im quite sure its affiliated with eat-pisode on ludlow.

  16. Mon 13 May 2009 at 12:35 pm

    A Casa Fox is NO longer BYOB (and they were kind of rude about it!!)

  17. Anonymouson 01 Jun 2009 at 10:34 am

    Dylan Prime has now waived their corkage fee through Labor Day

  18. Jillianon 02 Jun 2009 at 7:17 am

    Has anyone tried the new byo delivery service from new york vintners? i saw a piece in serious eats on it the other day….

  19. Anonymouson 26 Apr 2010 at 11:36 am

    The little owl has changed it’s corkage policy. It is now $50 for the first bottle.

  20. chrison 19 Aug 2010 at 1:24 pm

    cafe cortadito is no longer byob, and the orchard is now closed on sundays

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