The Urban Athlete's Guide to the guide to the restaurants with all the best vintages
A great plate of food is only as good as the wine that accompanies it. At these restaurants, only the best wine has the privilege of accompanying your plate of steak, fish, or vegetables to make your culinary experience one for the books. Don’t know where to go? Here are the top six best wine lists in the world.
Bad Hunter - Chicago, IL.
Bad Hunter might not even be two years old yet, but it’s made its mark on the streets of Chicago. Opened in 2016, Bad Hunter focuses on incorporating vegetables into their meals that will appease meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans alike. It is known for its unusual dishes and even more authentic wine list. Beverage Director Michael McAvena looks for unique wine bottles that can’t be found anywhere else. Ever heard of a secret menu? Ask for the secret menu for the wine at Bad Hunter. You won’t regret it.
802 W. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60607
DANIEL – New York City, NY
New York City boasts its ability to be incredibly diverse and it’s no exception in its food scene. DANIEL first opened in 1993 and has shown no signs of stopping as a premier restaurant for European cuisine. Owner Daniel Boulud comes all the way from Lyon, France and it’s reflected in its wine choice. With a list of over 25,000 bottles, customers will be able to choose from options such as international wines rarely ever found in America, to some of the oldest and youngest wines on the market today.
60 E 65th St., New York, NY 10065
Element 47 at the Little Nell – Aspen, CO
Element 47 might be at the Little Nell, but there’s nothing little about the reputation that precedes this restaurant. Element 47 has been called Aspen’s finest spot to wine and dine, no matter if you came straight from the slopes or from a lazy day. With over 20,000 wines in their cellar and 50 sommeliers on staff, Element 47 will make sure you enjoy your glass of wine. Need any more proof? The restaurant has earned the Wine Spectator Grand Award since 1997 and received one of Aspens only Five-Star Restaurant Awards in 2015. For those dedicated to choosing their wine bottles, Element 47 now has The Little Nell Wine Club designed for those who want their wine ready for their next visit to Aspen.
2001, 675 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611
The French Laundry – Yountville, CA
Surrounded by wine in Napa Valley lies The French Laundry – a farm-to-table fine dining with a wine list as long as its awards list. The Michelin Guide San Francisco awarded the restaurant their highest rating of three stars for the sixth year in a row; the owner, Thomas Keller, is the only American-born chef to have two three-starred Michelin restaurants. Along with the incredible food, guests can find wines from all over the world, especially those that are hard-to-get and rarely known. Think you’ll find the same thing each time you come to The French Laundry? You thought wrong. The food menu changes every single day, and so does the wine pairings so each visit is unique in its own way.
6640 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599
Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann – Miami, FL
Get ready for plenty of red wine to go with the amount of meat you’ll have at Los Fuegos in the Faena Hotel in Miami Beach. Its owner, Francis Mallmann, is an Argentine grill master and arguably the best chef in South America. He brings his asado, outdoor barbecues, to Miami Beach to bring the ancient art of South American live-fire cooking to life. The restaurant features a live grill in the middle of the restaurant so you can see your food prepared while you sip on one of the hundreds wines available. Remember that red always goes well with meat…
3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse – Houston, TX
Everything’s bigger in Texas – and Pappas Bros. Steakhouse is no exception. As one of the only places in Texas that houses dry-aged beef, it also houses a unique wine collection. With over 3,900 wines, the sommeliers curate wines from around the globe to make sure only the best are housed at Pappas Bros. Since 2010, the restaurant has received the Wine Spectator’s Grand Award – no easy feat for just any restaurant. Pappas Bros. also has about 10 tastings a year so guests can see what wines the sommeliers have brought to Houston. With so many options, both your heart and stomach will be happy you came.Although all the restaurants will offer you quality service, food, and most importantly wine, the best one has to be Element 47 in Aspen, Colorado. Not only has the restaurant received enough awards to put it at the top of the list, but its specialty in curating so many bottles of wine means there’s no way you won’t enjoy your glass. Especially with its wine club to keep guests returning, it is the one place that offers incredib
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