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Wine store in Murray Hill?

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Any recommendations for a good Murray Hill wine store? Inexpensive or high quality are both welcomed. Thanks.

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  1. Quality House on Park btwn 32nd and 33rd. There also is a small store on 34th btwn Park and Mad., closer to Park. Not sure of the name. Quality House has a wider selection.

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    1. re: Dom

      Windsor wines on 3rd bet 31st and 32nd (w side of avenue) Has a great selection, and the older man who works there really knows what he is talking about.

      Also try Winfield-flynn on 37th and 3rd... selection is good but not very wide.

      Both stores are Reasonably priced

      Happy Boozing!

    2. Not sure if they are 'good' but they are the two we got to:

      1. Probably not technically in Murray Hill ... but we always go to one (not sure of the name, sorry) on 1st between 23rd & 24th and it has a good selection for our tastes and budget and very friendly staff.

      2. Again, not sure of the name, but it is on 3rd between 32nd & 33rd near the McDonald's - they do have a pretty diverse selection, but I only go when in a bind because depending on the day you may have great or rude service. The (who I assume to be) owner sometimes seems quite grumbly when you ask for something and other times eagerly offers assistance. He seems to know a lot. Many of the bottles are either locked behind cabinets (all price ranges) or tied down, which annoys me. Also, they will not take a credit or debit card for less than one bottle/less than $25 ...

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      1. re: R

        If you have the time, the best wine store in Gramercy and Murray Hill is the 6 train which will take you almost directly to the door of Astor Wine downtown or Garnet uptown in about five minutes. I live in Gramercy and find buying mixed cases delivered from these places cheaper, more convenient and higher quality than the local stores.

        1. re: jbeton

          Just be aware that while Astor will deliver (for free)any order over $75, and will discount mixed cases (10%), they will not do both. If you want the 10% discount on your mixed case you will have to lug it home yourself.

          1. re: romafan

            You are correct, but the quality-price ratio of Astor's sale wines is far superior to the local stores mentioned in this thread. I think Garnet overall is better - they discount and deliver mixed cases - but don't like the attitude of some of their salesman, and it's not an easy walk for me like Astor.

            1. re: jbeton

              If you're interested in Italian wine I highly recommend Vino on 27th. I live around the corner from Astor, I'm happy to ride the 6 a couple of stops uptown and do my wine shopping there. No regular sales, but nice people, a nice selection and their discount/delivery policy make it preferable to the 'other' Italian wine store near me.

        2. re: R

          Sorry to butt in on your response, but I think you're talking about the wine/liquor store on the west side of 1st Ave - between 22nd & 23rd, not 23rd & 24th.

          They carry a pretty large selection & the owner is knowledgeable & the prices are reasonable. It's not fancy, but it works well.

          For my own response: There's a small, moderately priced shop on 2nd Ave, b/w 25th & 26th (east side of the street, next to a dollhouse shop & a dry cleaners). The selection isn't large, but they've never steered me wrong.

        3. McAdams Buy Rite on 3rd Ave (west side of Ave. in the high 20s low 30s) has an extensive selection of Long Island wines and very competitive prices. fyti, they have a sale on Conundrum at $19.99 whereas a fellow chowhounder, Caseophile said it regulary retails on the UWS at $26ish.

          an added convenience is you can check the prices before you go at their website http://www.americaswineshop.com/index...

          1. Vino, one of the best Italian wine stores around, on 27th St.

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            1. re: Nina W.

              Agreed - for Italian wines, Vino is definitely among the best. Knowledgeable help, as well. Try the Ascevi sauvignon blanc for summer.

            2. McAdams Buy Right on 3nd Avenue. Some surprising nuggets on California, Australian (seems like these guys are fans of wines from this country) and French (Bordeaux) wines at more than decent prices. FYI, their internet prices are cheaper than their store prices - hence, if you're buying a few, then go with the internet and have them delivered for free.

              I find I Trulli Vino to be overpriced for their Italian-only selection. Most of their stuff are available elsewhere.

              1. Have you checked out Park Avenue Liquor (in the low 30s, I think, west side) - I used to go there for upscale stuff like sauternes when I could afford it.

                1. +1 for McAdam Buy Rite

                  America's Wine Shop / McAdam Buy Rite
                  398 3rd Ave (between 28th & 29th)
                  New York, NY 10016
                  212 679-1224


                  Also, love Winfield-Flynn

                  558 Third Ave (At 37th Street)
                  New York, NY 10016


                  Winfield Flynn Wines & Spirits
                  558 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

                  McAdam Buy-Rite Liquors
                  398 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

                  1. Lex wines on lex and 28th

                    111 Lex Wine & Liquors
                    111 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

                    1. There is little wine shop on Lexington bet 30th and 40th East side called The Wine Shop. Nice selection and nice people.

                      The Wine Shop
                      345 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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                      1. re: Motosport

                        I found Vino on 27th st between park and lex, it has a well curated wine selection. Buy rite is excellent for the selection but not as nice ambiance. You can find more stores on qwikerliquor.com it has lot of information on stores in Murray Hill and NYC in general. They have a free wine and spirit tasting schedule that is great!

                        121 E 27th St, New York, NY 10016

                        McAdam Buy-Rite Liquors
                        398 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

                      2. Since this thread has had a renaissance, I thought I might mention Murray Hill Wines & Spirits, at 516 3rd Ave [west side of the avenue btwn 34th St & 35th Sts], because it's the only place I know in the neighbourhood (much less the city) that carries a fairly extensive collection of ex-Yugoslavian wines: Croatian, Slovenian, Bosnian and the like. Some are quite good -and you can amaze your friends when you bring a bottle to a dinner party.

                        Murray Hill Wines
                        516 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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                        1. re: Phil Ogelos

                          Good tip. Astor carries some wines from Croatia and Slovenia, too. In the UK, Bulgarian cabernet used to be a claret alternative (though it was considered to be plonk, you could also obtain some very good ones.) I haven't seen any in NYC lately.