Even when she’s broke, a girl’s gotta eat. And less face it, drink. Seems like the one little luxury people aren’t willing to give up in hard times is our little escape, alcohol. Luckily, when you hit up a BYOB, you can bring wine so cheap – like recession-proof Bare Foot from Trader Joe’s at $5 a pop – that a date or dinner party puts not much more of a dent on the wallet than staying in and being boring. Here is our list of fave BYOBs in NYC – many worth trekking to Brooklyn for!
113 Ludlow St., 2nd Floor (between Delancey & Rivington)
Filipino-Thai small plates
"What better than some Southeast Asian tapas, sake and Tsingtao, and a mellow environment on a dreary night?"
300 East 12th St. NY, NY
“Serving fresh, organic, and sustainable vegetarian fare in style.”
Meskerem Ethiopian Cuisine
124 Macdougal St
New York, NY 10012-1247
Phone: (212) 777-8111
“A perfect dinner spot if you need to have a conversation with someone -- not the typical NYC loud noises! Service is not speedy but reminiscent of service in Africa, so I think of it as genuine!”
973 COLUMBUS AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10025
Cheap, delicious rolls
6th Street (between 1st Ave and 2nd Ave)
“Cheap, delicious rolls - Early bird special (before 8pm) buys 4 rolls for $12.95.”
Cube 63 (LES)
63 Clinton St (between Rivington St & Stanton St)
“The rolls were good, but overpriced. They seem to make up for the BYOB in the prices of their food.”
Ivo & Lulu
558 Broome St., nr. Varick St.
French-Caribbean cheap eats
“Ivo and Lulu is the perfect dinner spot for you and your laid-back friends, the ones who don't mind waiting a little (or a lot) for your table, and are willing to crack open a beer on Broome Street until it's ready.”
93 First Avenue (between 5th & 6th streets)
“The decor is fun, the staff entertaining (watching them compete for customers with the restaurant next door) and the food is great--tastes even better since it's so cheap. We come from Brooklyn just to go here.”
343 E 85th St (between 1st Ave & 2nd Ave)
“This place is a gem on the UES.”
253 W. 11th St., at W 4th St.
“Best brunch in NYC! Get there early as the place is the size of a postage stamp.”
Two BYOB locations – Myrtle Ave and Smith Ave
154 Carlton Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205 at Myrtle Ave (Ft. Greene). It's such a great restaurant.
French-Senegalese (owner & chef is Senegalese but classically trained in Paris)
“The wait staff is so warm and inviting, you think you're with friends. I love this restaurant! It's perfect for brunch. It's like light soul food.”
575 Henry Street, Carroll Street & 1st Place (Carroll Gardens)
“Bring a bottle of wine and a six-pack and eat some amazing pizza!”
204 Smith St Brooklyn, NY 11201
“I know I will be acknowledged as soon as I walk in & the rest of the evening goes just as it should. Also, it is BYOB & there is no corkage fee, I cannot say enough about this place.”
144 Hicks St (at Between President Street and Union Street) Brooklyn, NY 11231 40.6841 -74.0021
“What you can expect is heartwarming charm, great seafood for an absolutely unbeatable price. There is no room for snotty, over-the-top, irrational personalities in Brooklyn.”
Olive Vine Cafe
441 Seventh Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Park Slope)
“Despite its imperfections, the quirks at this friendly spot make the dishes taste that much more homemade, successfully endearing it to the neighborhood.”