New York City
Speaking of natural wine, there’s a rustic East Village hole in the wall called Terroir NYC devoted to it. (There’s also a branch in Tribeca.) Hailing itself as the “elitist wine bar for everyone,” Terroir has a wacky, pop culture-soaked aesthetic. The wine list offers jokes on the news of the day along with pages of distinctive wines. On the menu, small plates, overseen by chef Marco Canora, combine simple technique with pristine ingredients. In short, my dream wine bar.
Don’t miss: Panino of roast pork loin with rapini and garlic aiolli, with a glass of whatever the guy behind the bar recommends.