Raise A Glass At City Vineyard, Tribeca's New Waterside Oasis

When summer heats up, true New Yorkers head to a waterside patio for some boozing.

This grand tradition is more robust than ever in Tribeca, where City Vineyard opened late last month with 200 outdoor seats. The sibling to Soho restaurant and music venue City Winery is perched in a prime location on Pier 26 in Hudson River Park (a 10-minute walk from the Roxy Hotel). The wine bar may be new, but it’s already a serious contender for downtown’s best sunset spot.

On the drinks list you’ll find 15 wines on tap, most of them made at the Soho winery using grapes grown around the country. Soon the place will offer two separate food options: an outdoor menu focused on small plates and a slightly fancier menu inside. Expect lots of local ingredients and seafood, including a lobster roll on a bun made with “wine lees,” the yeast that’s left over after vino ferments. For now—no hardship in this heat—it’s cold dishes like hummus, cheese plates, and salads while City Vineyard awaits its gas permit.

You can enjoy all this at the 75-seat indoor dining room, which has huge windows on three sides, or outdoors on the pier-level patio or at a rooftop deck, both adorned with grape trellises (vines are coming soon for even more of an oasis feel). Anywhere you sit, you’ll enjoy prime views of the Hudson River, the Freedom Tower, not to mention those sunsets.

“City Vineyard will provide people the opportunity to feel like they escaped the city without having to leave the Tribeca area,” says founder Michael Dorf, who’s taken to referring to his newest urban escape as a “wine garden.” Dorf says he’s not planning any live music for now (one of your best bets on the west side is still City Winery—or our own Django at the Roxy), but that could change come wintertime.

Words by Jenny Miller