City Winery NYC

City Winery NYC is located at 25 11th Avenue, Manhattan, right where 15th Street meets the Hudson River. Situated actually on the river at Pier 57, it lies between...
City Winery NYC
City Winery NYC
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City Winery NYC is located at 25 11th Avenue, Manhattan, right where 15th Street meets the Hudson River. Situated actually on the river at Pier 57, it lies between Chelsea Piers and Pier 54, just west of Hiro Ballroom and the old Highline Ballroom, and northwest of where the original City Winery was located. The restaurant opened in October 2020, and the first ticketed live concert was on April 3rd, 2021 with Rhett Miller (both taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic).

Stretched out both along and into the Hudson, the main room is up a flight of circular stairs, opening to the back-center of the stage floor, which has a bar and casks of wine (behind glass) to the house-left. The floor is dotted with four-seater tables in the center and two-person tables along the back and sides. There is a semi-circle balcony overlooking the stage floor, with a table along the rim (as well as small glass barrier) and a few high tables. The stage itself is quite large and well lit, in easy view from wherever. The space is much bigger than the prior City Winery; even when COVID protocols (hopefully) end, the tables likely won’t be as tightly packed together as in that old place. There is also a separate, smaller capacity Loft stage space upstairs, an L shape with the stage at the junction.

One of the first music venues to open up right when shows were allowed again, while the space is bigger and better (including great soundsystem), much else from the old City Winery has been retained, from the strong food and great wine selection to favoring solo singer/songwriters and the like. There are no openers, and an act can play both an early and late show on the same night (and never go past the babysitter’s bedtime). Yes, it is definitely upscale, but not so far upscale as to be inaccessible. The prices aren’t cheap, but also aren’t as expensive as one might expect from the place (and yes, they also have beer). The current socially distanced set up is actually quite nice, lots of room (and can take your mask off once you sit down) – not punk rock, but you also don’t have to overhear another table’s conversation. City Winery already pulled off the tough task of marrying a restaurant and a music venue; now they’re pulling off bringing both back.

Capacity: 350 (Main Stage), 150 (Loft)

all ages

Address:

25 11th Avenue (where 15th Street meets the Hudson River)

By Subway:

A, C, E or L trains to 8th Ave. – walk 3 blocks west to the river, one block north on 11th Avenue
1 train to 14th St. – walk 4 blocks west to the river, one block north on 11th Avenue
F or M trains to 6th Ave./14th St. – walk 5 blocks west to the river, one block north on 11th Avenue
4, 5, 6, N, Q, R or W trains to Union Square – walk 7 blocks west to the river, one block north on 11th Avenue

QRO Coverage:

-Grant-Lee Phillips, with Jarrod Dickenson, June 3rd, 2022 (Loft) – Grant-Lee Phillips live review, Grant-Lee Phillips photos, Jarrod Dickenson photos

-Brent Cobb, with Gabe Lee, February 12th, 2022 – Brent Cobb photos, Gabe Lee photos

-Dan Layus, with Trella, November 9th, 2021 – Dan Layus photos, Trella photos

-Rufus Wainwright, April 7th, 2021 (and April 6th livestream) – live review

-Rhett Miller, April 3rd, 2021 – live review, photos

Rhett Miller
City Winery NYC


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