For those who have a love for good food, a meal is not considered complete without the perfect beverage (or beverages) to round out the gustatory experience. Visit any one of these NYC spots for beverage pairings that will elevate your meal or dessert to the next level. By Laren Spirer.

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This newcomer from Chef Matthew Lightner, formerly of Portland, Oregon, boasts a whimsical yet refined ten course tasting menu for $150. For an extra $90, you can enjoy a beverage pairing that spans whites, reds, and a few surprises. One recent pairing included fresh sorrel juice. For those who don’t drink wine, an all-beer pairing can be arranged as well.

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This Greenwich Village gastropub has a special menu designed to pair gourmet bar food (think slow roasted goat “sloppy joe” sliders and portobello, sea salt pizza) with select craft beers. On Sunday and Monday evenings, pair three menu items with unlimited hops for $39. Don’t skip dessert: We’re big fans of the cheesecake.

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It’s almost a shame to reveal the bargain that is The Saint Austere’s prix fixe menu with wine pairings for a mere $50 for fear that it will be overrun. You can select between two choices for each of three courses, and the staff has thoughtfully selected wine pairings for each. The menu rotates often, so take advantage and visit often.

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The uptown outpost of New York State focused Little Town is serving up a three course prix fixe dinner every Wednesday through June 27th with a paired flight of local craft beers. As an extra bonus, you’ll be guided through your tasting with a sommelier, and each week will focus on a different local brewery. Tickets are $80 and can be purchased online.

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Hearth is a New York institution that has been serving some of the most solid and consistently delicious rustic yet refined fare since 2003 under the leadership of Chef Marco Canora. Paul Grieco’s wine and beverage program shines as brightly as the food, and his staff will work within your preferences and budget to select beverage pairings to accompany your dinner. Given their vast and quirky selection and the team’s enthusiasm for a creative challenge, you’re in for a treat.

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This East Village dessert den offers a three course prix fixe menu of an amuse, dessert, and petits fours, and for $8 you can sip on a glass of wine designed to pair perfectly with your selection. If you’ve already splurged on dessert, how can you resist?

Laren Spirer is yet another lawyer (and freelance writer) obsessed with food and drink, who also blogs at Sweet Blog o’ Mine and tweets at @sweetblogomine.