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What does “Corkage” Mean?

What does “Corkage” Mean?

Have a beautiful bottle of wine at home that you would love to drink with some Ivan Ramen or Paulie Gee’s pizza? You’re in luck. Those places may not advertise themselves as BYOB, but there’s more than one way to BYO. You can pay “corkage”– a fee (usually $20-40) for each bottle you bring from home to a restaurant. And trust us– it’s not rude. We’ve laid out everything you need when you bring your own wine to a restaurant.


For a guide to restaurants that don’t charge corkage fees, check out the 10 best BYOB restaurants In NYC.

How Much Corkage Should I Be Willing To Pay?

The more special the bottle, the higher corkage you should be willing to pay. If you’re just looking to drink your everyday Chianti with some pizza, then around $20 seems reasonable. But if you’re bringing a $250 bottle of Red Burgundy to a high-end restaurant, then you should be prepared to pay between $50-$100 corkage.

Is It Rude To Bring Your Own Wine To A Restaurant?

Nope, as long as you’re not doing corkage just to undercut the restaurant’s prices by a few bucks. Bringing a $12 bottle and paying $20 corkage in order to avoid spending $40 on a wine they carry isn’t cool. Only bring wine you’re genuinely excited to drink.

What Are Some Of The Best Restaurants In NYC That Charge Corkage?

Ayada Thai: $10


CheLi: $15


Al Di La: $20


Fiaschetteria Pistoia: $20


La Vara: $20


Kiki’s: $25


Paulie Gee’s: $25


Ivan Ramen: $25


Tanoreen: $25


Keens Steakhouse: $30


Sushi Seki: $30


Gramercy Tavern: $35


Upland: $35


Lilia: $35


Locanda Verde: $35


Union Square Cafe: $35


Don Angie: $35


Balthazar: $35


L’Artusi: $40


Olmstead: $45


Charlie Bird: $50


Marea: $75


Polo Bar: $90





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