Best Of

Best Wine & Liquor Store, 2014


New Yorkers have an abundance of wine shops from which to choose, but Astor Wines & Spirits bests them all in the one-stop-shop category thanks to sheer size: The breadth and depth of the selections here are unmatched — shoppers who need Crémant d’Alsace bubbles, a Pinot Noir from Central Otago, a bottle of New York State rye or gin, a Chilean pisco, and a newly imported Lambrusco can find all of that in a single visit. And if you need just one of those things — or any other thing — a friendly and knowledgeable staff is waiting to help you out. You don’t have to be physically in the shop to get those perks. Astor’s useful website displays live, accurate inventory (your first delivery is free if it exceeds $99). Adjacent to the shop, the educational center offers a diverse curriculum of drink- and food-related classes. And the price is right, too — Astor’s markup is usually lower than its competitors’.