While the Snooth roundups will offer an intuitive look at BYOB restaurants including details from available stemware to corkage fees, we wanted know what BYOBs the Snoothers themselves recommend. We spoke to the entire team, from editorial to sales to tech, to find out which menus the faces behind Snooth truly love, and which wines they bring along when doing so.
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Eleven B, NYC
Leah, Sales Planner
Leah recommends Eleven B for some great New York City Italian fare, describing the restaurant as being "sooo good" and adding that "the staff is very nice and accommodating." Bring wine and the restaurant will chill it for you in the back, no matter how many bottles you bring. Leah recommends you order their specials, which change daily. "It's family-style and the portions are huge and delish."
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Ivo & Lulu, NYC | Tango Sur, Chicago
Hana loves Ivo & Lulu, a "cozy space" big on French/Caribbean-inspired flavor. So what's WhatsCook.in Editor Hana's advice? "Temper the heat of your cayenne curry escargot with an off-dry Riesling. Try pairing the same wine with your main course, the jerk duck confit." No corkage fee, but cash only. Also, no reservations, so get there early.
If you're out in Chicago and in the mood for a good hunk of meat, Hana recommends Tango Sur. Though they have everything from pork to seafood and chicken to pasta, the Argentine-style beef is what really shines. "If you can't decide, try the parillada (barbecue) Para Uno or Dos," Hana says, adding a warning about their generous portions. As for the wine, "come armed with enough bottles of its fellow countryman, an affordable Malbec with intense fruit, to sip out the wait for your food." No corkage fee.
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Panna II Garden, NYC
Jesse, Audience Manager
Jesse recommends Panna II Garden, "that Indian restaurant with the crazy lights." Famous for its decorative use of chile and Christmas lights, Panna 2 Garden is another cash-only NYC BYOB that doesn't charge a corkage fee - perfect for a group night out.
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Peking Duck House, NYC
Kristen, Marketing Director
Kristen recommends bringing a dry Riesling or something with bubbles for both Peking Duck House and Fuleens, or suggests an oxidized white wine from Fruili. As for Hillstones, Kristen says she'd "go California because the food is Americano," perhaps a Carneros Pinot Noir or Paso Syrah. As for whites, she recommends a traditional Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, "as long as it is not too oaky."
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Kaz an Nou, NYC
Mimi, Operations Manager
Mimi swears by Kaz an Nou, a French-Carribean restaurant in Brooklyn, brought to you by the people who started Ivo & Lulu in Soho. Describing the food as "mildly spicy," Mimi recommends the escargot, burger and duck confit. For an interesting pairing, try a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Cash only.
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La Sirene, NYC
Alexis turns to La Sirene for solid bistro classics, describing the menu as "delicious French food." And lucky for you WhatsCook.in readers out there, La Sirene is right next door to Ivo & Lulu, Hana's pick. Looking for BYOB and the wait is too long at one? Try the other! Remember, both are cash-only.
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