There are plenty of places to drink great bubbles in NYC, but none are as fun as Air’s. Owner Ariel Arce keeps the atmosphere lively with bright colors and a list designed to encourage people to engage with the staff: Instead of the usual suspects, she’s filled it with wine-geek catnip, much of it coming in under $100. Head here to taste Champagne Demière-Ansiot Blanc de Blancs or rosés from Paul Bara and Camille Savès; look under “The Rare Stuff, Unicorn Wine” for the heavy hitters, like Bollinger R.D. and Dom Perignon P2. If you’re hungry, head downstairs to the Tokyo Record Bar, where Arce serves Champagne-friendly izakaya-style bites, and sometimes serves as the DJ.
photo by Gary He