When I visit New York City, I always make an effort to visit a few of their excellent wine stores, including at least one that is new to me. Last year, I visited Astor Wine & Spirits for the first time. In this trip, I chose to visit it again as I think it is one of the better wine stores in the city.
Their store is quite large and they have a very diverse selection of wines, from all over the world. They even have a large collection of Japanese Sake, much chilled in a refrigerated area. They have plenty of excellent, inexpensive wines as well as much more expensive, cult wines. They also run free tastings about four nights a week. You should sign up for their email newsletter to stay current on all of their events.
I did not purchase much this trip, only because I would be visiting two other wine stores this weekend. And I had never been to either of those two stores. I did though get a bottle of 2006 Sea Smoke Southing, a very difficult wine to find. I have had the 2005 vintage and really loved it so I look forward to trying the 2006. I also found a Greek Rose, a wine I had not seen anywhere else. I love both Greek wines and Roses so hope this is a good one. I bought a bottle of Ty Ku, an intriguing Saké liquer that I recently tasted while I was in Las Vegas.
If you are in New York City, this is one wine store that you definitely should check out.
Astor Wine & Spirits
399 Lafayette St at East 4th St.
New York, NY