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12 New York Spots to Sip Chardonnay on Memorial Day

From an indoor garden to patio people-watching.

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Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, a time when we can not only start to wear white again but relax in the newly warm weather. Naturally, the weekend wouldn’t be complete without some white wine in the sun. Below, you’ll find NYC bars and restaurants that are ideal for unwinding and sipping an ice-cold glass of chardonnay. Harken, a Californian wine brand that specializes in deliciously smooth and buttery chardonnay, partnered with the spots below to offer complimentary glasses of their wine on Thursday, May 25th, International Chardonnay Day. They’re also throwing parties throughout the weekend. So whether you’re looking to relax on an outdoor patio or enjoy a freshly-poured glass at a party, head to one of the spots below.

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Brixx & Barley

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Long Beach’s Brixx & Barley bills itself as a pub with a healthy twist, but order the littleneck clams or grandma’s meatballs and you won’t need the rest of the menu. City dwellers will love the roomier vibe than your typical NYC options, and their location just off the LIRR makes it ideal for a glass of Harken right before your Memorial Day beaching.

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Broadstone Bar & Kitchen

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With typical FiDi excess, Broadstone fills three floors with their inviting gastropub, meaning you’ll almost always be able to grab a table. Pub fare like fried chicken sandwiches makes up the majority of the menu, but they diversify with options like quinoa bowls and cobb salads as a nod to their business-lunch clientele. Still, it’s a great place for weekend chardonnays when the commuter crowds have died down, and with the first-floor windows open the atmosphere is unmatched.

Pineapple Club

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Pineapple Club is one of the most unique spaces in the East Village, which is saying a lot for a neighborhood packed with interesting places to grab a drink. The restaurant’s atrium-like space allows for a ton of natural light which, when combined with their extensive indoor greenery, makes you feel like you’re entering a tropical speakeasy. Once you’re done sipping on chardonnay and enjoying the brunch menu, make sure to try the banana spring roll.

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West End Bar & Grill

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There are few better options for people-watching than at this 8th Ave location. On warm days, staff will open the wide corner windows and allow guests to enjoy the bustle of the street with their drinks, truffle fries, and tuna tartare. The vibe is good all day long, whether you’re stopping in for lunch or heading over after a Broadway show.

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The Elgin

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Managing to pack a surprising amount of bar into a fairly cozy space, the Elgin offers up a menu of small plates, wings, and even Detroit-style pizza. The bar is complemented by their decently sized outdoor dining shed, which on busy nights turns into a standing-room-only space full of Midtowners looking to convene. Brunches are when the menu really pops, thanks to inventive dishes like beer braised short rib hash and breakfast cereal French toast, both of which pair great with the extremely versatile Harken Chardonnay.

Tessa’s menu is a blend of American, French, and Italian influences with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients, giving it an ever-changing freshness. Their focus on wine is definitely noticeable, and Harken Chardonnay is practically made for sipping in their “outdoor chalet,” a partially-enclosed back patio space. Sidewalk dining is also available during good weather, so you have plenty of options for a weekend happy hour.

The recipe for our ideal restaurant? Exposed brick, cozy lighting, and a menu packed with Italian dishes. This 2nd Ave spot also features an excellent wine list and a menu of late-night additions like veal meatball sliders and cacio e pepe, ideal for a long evening of snacking and sipping. They even have a private wine cellar for booking, if you want to sip on Harken like you’ve just been transported to a Tuscan vineyard. On Memorial Day, however, you’re more likely to want to kick back in their spacious outdoor dining section that shares a spot with their twin restaurant, Uva Next Door — also located on this list.

Keys & Heels

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Running a modern speakeasy is tricky in an age where anyone can find your secret passcode on the internet, but Keys & Heels pulls it off. Their neon signage advertises a functioning cobbler’s shop, but anyone willing to challenge the “closed” sign after 6 p.m. will discover a classy cocktail lounge. With muted lighting, an extensive wine list, and in-the-know clientele, Keys & Heels is a shortcut to a great night out.

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Pennsylvania 6 NYC

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If your idea of an afterparty involves a raw bar, Pennsylvania offers a well-stocked option right near MSG for pre- or post-show drinks and oysters. They’re also a go-to spot for catching a game and soaking up the spillover playoff energy from the stadium. With wood paneling and tasteful styling, they avoid some of the sophomoric energy of a typical sports bar, although things may get rowdy if New York scores a game-winner.

Uva Next Door

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Uva Next Door is the playful, slightly smaller version of Uva, with an aforementioned spacious outdoor dining patio. Their Amalfi-style pizza is the popular dish, ideal for pairing with your Harken Chardonnay and some sunlight. With plenty of gluten-free or vegan-friendly options, it’s a good call for a large group that’s looking for Italian.

Lusardi's

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White-cloth fine dining can be outside too, and Lusardi’s is here to prove it. With a hefty dose of old-school style, this red sauce joint is equal parts fancy and comfy. Grab a breezy seat outside under the awning and dig into veal meatballs, or keep it light with lemon sole or branzino. No matter what you decide to pair with your glass of white, you can’t lose.

Angelo's Pizza

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Angelo’s has been run by the same family for four generations, so they’re obsessive about their pies: fresh mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, and thin, blackened crust. Top it off with a spacious outdoor dining setup and you’ve got the right spot for a summer’s afternoon of snacking and sampling different pizzas. Pair your Harken with a serving of burrata, and don’t forget the gelato.

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Brixx & Barley

Long Beach’s Brixx & Barley bills itself as a pub with a healthy twist, but order the littleneck clams or grandma’s meatballs and you won’t need the rest of the menu. City dwellers will love the roomier vibe than your typical NYC options, and their location just off the LIRR makes it ideal for a glass of Harken right before your Memorial Day beaching.

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Broadstone Bar & Kitchen

With typical FiDi excess, Broadstone fills three floors with their inviting gastropub, meaning you’ll almost always be able to grab a table. Pub fare like fried chicken sandwiches makes up the majority of the menu, but they diversify with options like quinoa bowls and cobb salads as a nod to their business-lunch clientele. Still, it’s a great place for weekend chardonnays when the commuter crowds have died down, and with the first-floor windows open the atmosphere is unmatched.

Pineapple Club

Pineapple Club is one of the most unique spaces in the East Village, which is saying a lot for a neighborhood packed with interesting places to grab a drink. The restaurant’s atrium-like space allows for a ton of natural light which, when combined with their extensive indoor greenery, makes you feel like you’re entering a tropical speakeasy. Once you’re done sipping on chardonnay and enjoying the brunch menu, make sure to try the banana spring roll.

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West End Bar & Grill

There are few better options for people-watching than at this 8th Ave location. On warm days, staff will open the wide corner windows and allow guests to enjoy the bustle of the street with their drinks, truffle fries, and tuna tartare. The vibe is good all day long, whether you’re stopping in for lunch or heading over after a Broadway show.

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The Elgin

Managing to pack a surprising amount of bar into a fairly cozy space, the Elgin offers up a menu of small plates, wings, and even Detroit-style pizza. The bar is complemented by their decently sized outdoor dining shed, which on busy nights turns into a standing-room-only space full of Midtowners looking to convene. Brunches are when the menu really pops, thanks to inventive dishes like beer braised short rib hash and breakfast cereal French toast, both of which pair great with the extremely versatile Harken Chardonnay.

TESSA

Tessa’s menu is a blend of American, French, and Italian influences with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients, giving it an ever-changing freshness. Their focus on wine is definitely noticeable, and Harken Chardonnay is practically made for sipping in their “outdoor chalet,” a partially-enclosed back patio space. Sidewalk dining is also available during good weather, so you have plenty of options for a weekend happy hour.

Uva

The recipe for our ideal restaurant? Exposed brick, cozy lighting, and a menu packed with Italian dishes. This 2nd Ave spot also features an excellent wine list and a menu of late-night additions like veal meatball sliders and cacio e pepe, ideal for a long evening of snacking and sipping. They even have a private wine cellar for booking, if you want to sip on Harken like you’ve just been transported to a Tuscan vineyard. On Memorial Day, however, you’re more likely to want to kick back in their spacious outdoor dining section that shares a spot with their twin restaurant, Uva Next Door — also located on this list.

Keys & Heels

Running a modern speakeasy is tricky in an age where anyone can find your secret passcode on the internet, but Keys & Heels pulls it off. Their neon signage advertises a functioning cobbler’s shop, but anyone willing to challenge the “closed” sign after 6 p.m. will discover a classy cocktail lounge. With muted lighting, an extensive wine list, and in-the-know clientele, Keys & Heels is a shortcut to a great night out.

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Pennsylvania 6 NYC

If your idea of an afterparty involves a raw bar, Pennsylvania offers a well-stocked option right near MSG for pre- or post-show drinks and oysters. They’re also a go-to spot for catching a game and soaking up the spillover playoff energy from the stadium. With wood paneling and tasteful styling, they avoid some of the sophomoric energy of a typical sports bar, although things may get rowdy if New York scores a game-winner.

Uva Next Door

Uva Next Door is the playful, slightly smaller version of Uva, with an aforementioned spacious outdoor dining patio. Their Amalfi-style pizza is the popular dish, ideal for pairing with your Harken Chardonnay and some sunlight. With plenty of gluten-free or vegan-friendly options, it’s a good call for a large group that’s looking for Italian.

Lusardi's

White-cloth fine dining can be outside too, and Lusardi’s is here to prove it. With a hefty dose of old-school style, this red sauce joint is equal parts fancy and comfy. Grab a breezy seat outside under the awning and dig into veal meatballs, or keep it light with lemon sole or branzino. No matter what you decide to pair with your glass of white, you can’t lose.

Angelo's Pizza

Angelo’s has been run by the same family for four generations, so they’re obsessive about their pies: fresh mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, and thin, blackened crust. Top it off with a spacious outdoor dining setup and you’ve got the right spot for a summer’s afternoon of snacking and sampling different pizzas. Pair your Harken with a serving of burrata, and don’t forget the gelato.

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