Despite a lack of fresh energy in the category, Racines NY doesn’t win “Best Wine Bar” by mere default. This Parisian original roared onto the scene this year to become an instant hit on a fine-wine-bar-starved stretch of Chambers Street in Tribeca. Rather than build a facsimile of its French counterpart, the owners integrated the soul of the neighborhood’s industrial-loft-showroom aesthetic into the design. Perhaps another departure from France is the mindful, educated service from staff, led by sommelier Arnaud Tronche, who genuinely care to know how you are enjoying your wine. Owners, including David Lillie of Chambers Street Wines, helped vet bottles to compose a largely sustainable, organic, and biodynamic list from small Old World producers. The spacious marble bar invites you to linger once seated, and you won’t want to skip the food — Michelin-starred chef Frédéric Duca commands the kitchen.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 15, 2014