Our 10 Best BYOB Restaurants

Why buy wine when you can bring your own?
Why buy wine when you can bring your own?

Restaurants generally mark up wine bottles at three times the price they paid for them wholesale. Meaning that you, the customer, are getting screwed. Throw in some pricey cocktails and you're really in trouble. Hence the beauty of the BYOB restaurant: The overall meal price is lower, and customers drink precisely the wine they want. So without further ado, here are our picks for the city's best BYOB restaurants. Now that we've supplied the list, all you have to do is bring the bottle.

10. Pinche Taqueria -- This Nolita Mexican restaurant is low frills and high flavor. Grab a six-pack of cerveza, order the fish tacos, and get the party started. 227 Mott Street, 212-625-0090

9. Taureau -- When the winter months strike, nothing warms the soul like a big pot of melted cheese followed by an even bigger bottle of wine. This East Village fondue restaurant dishes up gooey Gruyère, cheddar, and Gouda -- all you have to do is provide the bottle. 127 East 7th Street, 212-228-2222

8. Tartine -- This West Village bistro and popular weekend brunch spot might not have booze, but it does have all the classics: omelets, quiches, croques, and pastries galore. Be warned: Come summertime, the lines are long, given the outdoor seating. 253 West 11th Street, 212-229-2611

7. Poke -- This Upper East Side restaurant prepares fresh-tasting sushi and sashimi. The only downsides? They're cash only, and they limit customers to one bottle of wine per two or three diners. 343 East 85th Street, 212-249-0569

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