The Ten Bells

The Ten Bells

Wine Bar and Tapas Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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    Kristina P.
    "Cozy wine bar with an oyster happy hour 🍷"(17 Tips)
    Albert C.
    "Steak Tartar is out of this world...best enjoyed between $1 oysters"(19 Tips)
    Carrie N.
    "Plus an amazing natural wine list."(7 Tips)
    Monti B.
    "Super cute and cozy wine bar for all those romantic dates."(3 Tips)
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  • John B.
    John BoyerMay 18, 2013
    Soooo.....you want to see what a real wine bar is all about? This pic is the "available by the glass" selection at Ten Bells. See you next week when I wake from the coma. Great peeps too.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Kate F.
    Kate FurmanJuly 13, 2015
    Dollar Oyster happy hour is legit, but try the charcuterie plate with hand picked cheeses and meats. On the pricier side ($24 for 6 items) but pairs well with wine and oysters.
    Upvoted Oct 2
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneMarch 3, 2016
    Oysters were only shucked to order and fresh even if not served on ice, $2.50 each. Pulpo a la fiera (grilled octopus with crispy potatoes) and salmon tartare were great! Meet the Winemaker nights!
  • Kelly K.heart icon on user image
    Kelly KearnsNovember 3, 2018
    This place is amazing! They have a large selection of natural wines and the food is 👌🏼. My favorites are the meatballs, the shrimp nachos, the brisket, and the mushrooms, but you can’t go wrong!
  • Chelsea R.
    Chelsea RenaudAugust 30, 2015
    OYSTERS: $1 M-F 5-7; S&S 3-7P. It’s got a ton of character, is filled with regulars, and has way better food than a poppin’ wine bar in this part of town really needs to have.
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.February 18, 2014
    warm, coquettish, tucked away on a street in LES. lose yourself for hours in the prism candlelight with good company and a glass of malbec. trust the staff for selections and go oh so very often 💋
  • Cole K.heart icon on user image
    Cole KennedyFebruary 6, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    I adore this cozy little wine bar. It’s a lot bigger than it seems; there’s a room in the back if there’s no room in the front. Take your time with the wine list, there are a ton of good values.
  • Luke
    LukeMay 7, 2018
    Cute, cozy, romantic, and a lot of other great adjectives apply, but wine and oysters are the important nouns here.
  • Giacsonheart icon on user image
    GiacsonOctober 25, 2019
    Easygoing wine bar with delicious tapas plates to share. Crowded but good vibes. Perfect for a night out with friends or in couple
  • Caroline S.heart icon on user image
    Caroline SchulweisSeptember 11, 2015
    Great value. Loved the octopus (was a lot of food for the price!). $1 oyster happy hour as well as $15 carraffes of wine. What more could you ask for?
  • Collette S.heart icon on user image
    Collette SJune 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    My second favorite wine bar in the city. The bartenders are super nice and will let you try just about anything. Cozy, romantic atmosphere great for dates or late night!
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SpagnoloJune 24, 2015
    A cool spot. Dark and moody with small tapas that are great to share. The octopus and watermelon salad were standouts.
  • Vinaya V.
    Vinaya VishwanathNovember 5, 2014
    Great date place. Intimate wine bar with small plates and cheeses.
  • DoubleDeuceheart icon on user image
    DoubleDeuceJuly 6, 2022
    All of your wine bar needs. There's also a sizable back room if you have a big group or say doing a celebration of some sorts.
  • Ellie D.
    Ellie DApril 16, 2012
    Great local spot. It's a must if you can find an open seat. Delicious little tapas and an extensive and impressive wine list. Doesn't hurt that it always smells like garlic and butter, either!
  • Nicole F.heart icon on user image
    Nicole FormicaSeptember 30, 2017
    Amazing happy hour till 7. Oysters are great, but don't miss out on the octopus!
  • Monica C.heart icon on user image
    Monica CullenNovember 5, 2015
    1$ Oysters and 15$ carafes of wine until 7 pm. Very cozy and romantic. The Massachusetts oysters and the Chardonnay are perfect!
  • Nicolette R.heart icon on user image
    Nicolette RomeroSeptember 27, 2014
    I walked right by this place and didn't even know it was there! Very relaxed ambience. Get in here for a glass of wine!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 17, 2013
    We love to come to this cozy wine bar for happy hour, especially for the $1.25 oysters (through 7pm).
  • A&B American Style
    A&B American StyleSeptember 23, 2012
    If you believe, as some very respected chefs do, that our Pepper Sauce is great with oysters, be sure to ask for it when you hit up $1 oyster happy hour Read more
  • Sophie O.heart icon on user image
    Sophie OmnomMay 6, 2016
    Cozy bar with dark wood, candles, and a good selection of wines. Great for dates!
  • Bond Street
    Bond StreetOctober 11, 2016
    "It's a cozy place with an easy vibe and, as a fan of natural wines, it's a place of constant discovery." - Tomoko Ogura, brand director - Vince Read more
  • Elvis R.
    Elvis RodricksJuly 4, 2019
    Good alfresco joint sans the heavy background music sound. Table at the rear. Baby eel's an exotic treat!
  • Vianney B.heart icon on user image
    Vianney BrandicourtJune 27, 2014
    I go for the the 'Special Oyster Happy Hour'. It's everyday until 7.00pm ... they are good and only $1.25 each : )
  • Nastyaheart icon on user image
    NastyaSeptember 23, 2019
    Dark and loud place with a huge wine selection (even by glass). Friendly prices. Would be perfect for a friends gathering.
  • Kathryn D.heart icon on user image
    Kathryn DApril 1, 2017
    Almost overwhelming wine list. When in doubt, the house carafe is great. Papas bravas for vegetarians.
  • Michelle W.heart icon on user image
    Michelle WilesJanuary 26
    Nice open space in the back; good spot to catch up with mates
  • Ted P.heart icon on user image
    Ted PalenskiApril 29, 2018
    Great happy hour deal: $15 for a decent carafe of natural wine. Get there early, it gets crowded.
  • İpek A.heart icon on user image
    İpek A.December 23, 2014
    A really nice wine bar and they usually play good music all night long!
  • Bon
    BonMay 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The list of biodynamic wines are incredibly hard to read but the bartenders give great recommendations and tastings. Cash only kittens.
  • Eamonn C.heart icon on user image
    Eamonn CareyNovember 3, 2016
    If they have orange wine on the menu, I strongly recommend you try it. Amazing!
  • Poppy
    PoppyMay 28, 2013
    Great Bio wine. Remember that Bio wine is not what most of us expect in "wine" this is real grapes pressed to be what we really should be enjoying in life :)
  • John C.heart icon on user image
    John ColglazierSeptember 28, 2019
    Tough to find a seat on the weekends. Had the Rhône Valley Pinot Noir.
  • T Z.heart icon on user image
    T ZJuly 21, 2017
    Cute and casual tapas wine bar. Easygoing staff and customers with romantic lighting. Empanadas were delicious.
  • Emilie F.heart icon on user image
    Emilie FuttermanOctober 25, 2014
    Fantastic hidden wine bar. Great selection of french wines, good for a small group.
  • Chet M.heart icon on user image
    Chet ManciniFebruary 6, 2016
    Cozy but actually a lot of seating. Good wine list. Great for wine with friends.
  • AmateurConciergeheart icon on user image
    AmateurConciergeSeptember 17, 2015
    Great low key spot to have wine with friends and some solid food to boot
  • Andrew P.heart icon on user image
    Andrew PerezMarch 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    So cute and $1 oysters before 7pm. Very low key atmosphere and perfect.
  • Sara .heart icon on user image
    Sara 🌈⚔🍾November 13, 2015
    Extensive wine list and delicious tapas. Very romantic- great date spot!
  • Charlotte C.heart icon on user image
    Charlotte ChanMarch 9, 2017
    Impressive wine menu and very good vibe and service :-) oyster happy hours 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
  • Carrie N.heart icon on user image
    Carrie NydenMarch 6, 2016
    $1 oyster happy hour! Plus an amazing natural wine list.
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LaneApril 28, 2015
    Shrimp and shiitake salad is a great light meal, surprisingly tasty
  • Albert C.heart icon on user image
    Albert CovelliMarch 17, 2015
    The Steak Tartar is out of this world...best enjoyed between $1 oysters
  • Amber L.
    Amber LockwoodOctober 10, 2014
    Super cute wine bar. They let you try all the wines until you find your fave!
  • Istria L.
    Istria L.February 18, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice and Nodar are awesome here. Love this neighbourhood joint! Feels like home!!
  • Flavia J.
    Flavia JordanMay 6, 2013
    Even on an off night they're still pretty solid! Best hand cut tartare and good wine
  • Nicolas B.
    Nicolas BrousseDecember 13, 2011
    Awesome place! Great ambiance and great food. Take time for a glass of wine with some raw oyster or duck rillettes!
  • Tara A.
    Tara A.September 12, 2013
    Beer & wine only! Oyster happy hour, everyday 'til 7, $1.25. Salmon tartare's legit, too.
  • aneessa s.heart icon on user image
    aneessa steilenJune 26, 2016
    Great variety, mostly biodynamic. A tad pricier than it should be, but great vibe.
  • Alex C.heart icon on user image
    Alex CargillJanuary 26, 2018
    Great service, good selection of wines; great cote du Rhône
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