Saturday, November 8, 2008
BEST WAY TO SAVE MONEY EATING OUT
(bring your own bottle)
With the economy in the state it's in, I find myself doing it more and more. Many restaurants in NYC mark up a bottle of wine by 100%, and that's OK, I understand a guy's got to make a living. BUT... I found one of my everyday Sicilian Nero D'Avolas (that I buy in my local wine shop for under $10) going for over $45 in a restaurant. Now that's just not right.
So here are a few guidelines and suggestions regarding BYOB's:
Some restaurants waive the corkage fee, and if they do it's generally a good idea to give the waiter/waitress a good tip.
But if you do have to pay a corkage fee, the range is usually from $10-30. And that's still saving you money.
You should also call in advance to make sure the bottle your bringing is not on that particular restaurant's wine list.
Some restaurants may have a "maximum" number of bottles you may bring in, once you go over that number you must buy from the wine list.