There are endless amounts of delicious restaurants in NYC that you need to experience at least once in your life, however eating out in the city can definitely run up a pretty hefty tab even without drinks. Here to solve that issue is bring-your-own-booze (BYOB) offerings! Scattered around the city you’ll find both sit-down and casual restaurants that allow their guests to BYOB. Some may charge a corkage fee, some may not, but either way bringing your own drinks is sure to keep your wallet safe once the check comes to the table. Here are 10 spots for BYOB dining in NYC.
1. Moko, East Village
Moko is a delicious BYOB sushi spot in the East Village. For $95, guests can enjoy a 15-course omakase meal, including miso soup, 13 pieces of fresh nigiri, homemade strawberry ice cream for dessert, and complimentary tea with dinner. There’s also an 18 course meal with 14 pieces of nigiri and 2 appetizers if you’re a little hungrier!
Where: 138 2nd Ave
2. Bird Dog, West Village
Bird Dog is a Southern restaurant focused on hand made pasta. They offer three menu options–a family style Chef’s Tasting Menu, a 3 course Pre-Fixe Menu, or a Fried Chicken Dinner. Plus, a secret pasta happy hour 7 days a week (4-6 pm on weekdays and 2-6 pm on weekends). They’re BYOB and the perfect spot for dog lovers (they have an entire gallery wall of dog portraits that are too cute to miss out on!).
Where: 525 Hudson St
3. Wu’s Wonton King, Chinatown
Wu’s Wonton Kitchen is a relaxed and casual restaurant in Chinatown. Here you can order from an extensive menu of all your favorite classic Chinese dishes, including noodles, BBQ, and casseroles. Plus, their BYOB option allows you to pair your favorite dishes with whatever drink you’d like!
Where: 65 E Broadway
4. Tartine, West Village
This French restaurant in the West Village may not be the easiest spot to BYOB–it’s quite small and always seems to have a wait–however if you can snag a table it’s totally worth the visit! This quaint French bistro serves brunch, lunch, and dinner and their menu is full of delicious dishes such as Croque Madame, Mussels, and Escargot.
Where: 253 W 11th St
5. Sushi On Jones, Multiple Locations
Sushi on Jones is NYC’s first al fresco omakase bar. It offers a traditional 45-minute 12-piece tasting for $68 per person. Their flagship location is located in in The Bowery Market. From uni to toro to botan shrimp, they serve only the best cuts from the freshest fish and wagyu.
LES – 217 Eldridge St
West Village – 210 W 10th St
Hell’s Kitchen – 600 11th Ave
Bowery Market – 348 Bowery St
6. Wondee Siam, Hell’s Kitchen
Wondee Siam is a delicious Hell’s Kitchen Asian & Thai food restaurant serving up all the classics. Their Pad Thai and Thai Fried Rice are absolute must-tries, and you can’t miss out on their delicious Thai iced tea!
Where: 792 9th Ave
7. Eleven B, East Village
Eleven B is one of the most popular pizza spots in New York due to its fresh offerings and classic pizzas, and they’re especially known for their white pizza. There’s a wine and liquor store right next door making it super easy to BYOB and BYOW, however they do charge a corkage fee for wine.
Where: 174 Avenue B
8. Lucali Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens
Lucali Brooklyn is one of the hardest tables to get, and it’s because of the delicious pizza and calzones it serves. Some of their toppings include pepperoni, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and hot peppers and the menu is strictly the two items. They’re BYOB and cash only, and they don’t take reservations so they recommend showing up at 4 pm to put your name on the waitlist.
Where: 575 Henry St, Brooklyn
9. Agora Turkish Restaurant, Upper East Side
Located on the Upper East Side, this Turkish restaurant serves up the tastiest Turkish kebabs, desserts, and drinks! Guests are welcome to enjoy their flavor-packed cuisine with their own beverages on Tuesdays – Thursdays!
Where: 1565 2nd Ave
10. Astoria Seafood, Long Island City
If you want fresh seafood in a super casual setting, Astoria Seafood is the place to go. This seafood market allows you to choose from their seafood on display and tell the staff exactly how you’d like it cooked. This spot is super popular, so you may have to wait a little bit for a table, but you can’t ignore the quality of the food and the BYOB perk.
Where: 3710 33rd St, Queens
11. Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos, Bushwick
This tortilla factory in Bushwick is one of our favorite Mexican spots, thanks to the food and space it provides. It’s literally a Brooklyn garage-turned-cantina where you can order tasty tacos while you sip on your bring-your-own Corona. Not to mention the food is great and the outdoor courtyard to hang out in is perfect during warmer weather.
Where: 271 Starr St, Brooklyn