The days of stuffy wine bars are officially over. You know, the kind populated by suited men yammering about Robert Parker scores and pretending a panini press is exotic?

Wine bars across NYC are loosening up and showing they have their own personality with unique lists that express a distinct point of view. These new-age wine bars often have ambitious food, too—from creamy, sausage-topped polenta, to top-notch cheese and charcuterie.

When we go to a wine bar, we want to be introduced to something we’ve never had, eat something delicious, and not be bothered by snobbery. The places featured here all have what it takes to change your mind about wine bars.

Here are our five favorite wine bars in NYC.