Sometimes when I have a lot of free time I’ll just go for a long walk in New York City and stop at every liquor store along my walk. It’s good exercise, nice to be outside, and I like trying new neighborhoods that I’ve never been in (or haven’t visited in years since I move to the suburbs), so I try new stores. Last night I went for a long walk up through the Upper East Side and hit up a bunch of stores, and three stood out. The first two, well, just see the photos, you’ll understand. The third one, as I got closer to Harlem was surprisingly good and worth checking out. There were dozens of others that just didn’t have much but were not worthy of making the blog, either positively or negatively.
Big Apple Wine & Spirits: 1408 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021…. Weller Reserve for $109, Thomas Handy for $699… come on guys. Plus the guy at the front was extremely obnoxious. Avoid this place.
Manhattan Wine Xchange 1079 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10065: Weller 12 for $299, Kentucky Owl Rye for $269, Handy 500, Stagg 850… Why bother?
Crown Wine & Liquor 1587 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028: This place was surprisingly good. I picked up a ECBP B517 for retail as well as a Hirsch 20yr American Whiskey (from IL, so it probably stinks, but I’ve never seen it before on the shelf) for $99.99. They had a Handy way in the back on the top of the shelf for $350, which is high, but for NYC, not obnoxiously high, so I passed on it. I did offer them $250 cash, but the manager wasn’t there so the guy at the front didn’t know what to do. They were fine, the selection was good, and the prices reasonable.