Image courtesy of WSJ

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Behind every dish is a glass that makes it truly shine. Check out our top pairing destinations in NYC.

1. Le Bernardin
At Le Bernardin, where "the fish is the star of the plate," all elements are designed to complement each dish while standing out on their own - an art perfected by Maguy LeCoze and Eric Ripert in collaboration with Aldo Sohm, Wine Director extraordinaire. Sohm's wine program sings with a cellar chock full of a global selection of over 15,000 bottles from 12 different countries and a handful of vintages dating back to 1875. Cheers to that.

2. Eleven Madison Park
Eleven Madison Park epitomizes fine dining, boasting a robust wine list that raises the bar even higher. With expansive international representation and the inclusion of producers large and small from around the globe, this well-rounded list knocks it out of the park.

3. Per Se
Welcome to Per Se, where a 155-page beverage list awaits. Thomas Keller's flagship is known not only for its long winded dining experiences (often surpassing the 4-hour mark), but for its extraordinary wine cellar as well. An army of expertly trained sommeliers helm the pairing program, providing excellent advice to diners and oenophiles alike.

4. Daniel
Thanks in part to wine director Daniel Johnnes’ Burgundy-heavy background, it's only fitting that Daniel's wine list should feature the best of the region alongside thoughtful selections from across Boulud's native land. Among the Old World rarities and modern standouts is a killer Bordeaux selection, a surprising array of classic California Cabernets, and an arsenal of German Rieslings hand-selected by Daniel’s head sommelier, Raj Vaidya.

5. Gramercy Tavern
Danny Meyer’s long withstanding culinary institution never ceases to please. Wine director Juliette Pope is known for her chart-topping dominance, offering a collection that spans an inspiring array of varietals and regions. With an array of terroirs from new wave producers to the most prominent names in the biz, Gramercy Tavern is a destination for wine aficionados from all corners of the sipping community.