Well, pop the champagne, and vive la France! October 26 is International Champagne Day as determined by the Champagne Bureau, and the only way to celebrate is with actual champagne. Champagne can only be called that if it is produced in the Champagne region of France and if it is made in a specific method. This accounts for the drink’s often hefty price tag.
However, you don’t need to buy a whole bottle to have some great champagne. You can experience some fabulous bubbly without taking out a second mortgage on your house. Even though October 26 has come and gone, take a look at this list because New York City has plenty of restaurants and bars that offer delicious champagne by the glass. Salut!
This mini chain offers a full bar and specialty cocktails, but the main reason to come here is the champers. Glass after glass of rose, blanc de blanc, blanc de noir, and other champagnes line the menu. Sure, you can get it by the bottle, but use this opportunity to sample some unique wines by the glass, (many of which are under $20.) Of course, if you really want to splurge, go on a Tuesday when the glasses are two-for-one until 8 p.m.
This bar is ultra-luxe in every sense of the word. This flatiron-area bar features modern chandeliers, live music, and of course, a luxurious champagne menu. Though the by-the-glass list is small, it is well-curated. Another popular choice is to try one of their tasting flights, which offers three glasses of white or rose champagne at a considerable deal (not a bad idea if you share with a friend.) Order fancy bites like Osetra caviar, listen to the piano music, and bask in the luxury of champagne.
Head to Tribeca for this cozy brick-lined space where you will be comfortable in nice jeans or after-work attire. There is an extensive list of non-vintage champagnes by the glass as well as champagne cocktails. There are magnums too if you decide to celebrate with 75 of your closest friends. Hey, we’re not judging!