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newport Jul 21, 2008 07:47 PM

looking for a place with a good selection of American, Spanish and Australian wines in the Flatiron district. Any suggestions?

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    tazerowe RE: newport Jul 22, 2008 05:44 AM

    Well, Moore Brothers on 20th near Broadway is a great shop in general, but I don't think they are strong at all in the countries you mention. They are also fairly pricey.

    Union Square Wines is now down on 4th Ave around 13th. They have a broader selection, with good US wines and at least decent in Spainish and Australia. Prices are not cheap, but they often run a fairly generous case discount.

    If you are willing to go a little further south on Lafayette, Astor wine is a mega-mart with a broad selection and cheap prices. They have most things, high and low end.

    A little further west, on 14th near 6th Ave is Crossroads. It is a small, confusing shop with a good staff. Some people love it, others hate it, but the selection is very good in your target areas. Prices are OK, and they run a special from time to time of 30% off wines over $30, which is great.

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      Simon RE: tazerowe Jul 23, 2008 09:59 AM

      i'd recommend walking down to Astor...

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        Vinous RE: tazerowe Jul 23, 2008 10:52 AM

        Union Square Wines is so overpriced, it's laughable.

        Crossroads is fine, provided we're talking about a new release that's been on the shelf for two days or less. Anything older is likely heat damaged, since Crossroads cares nothing about proper storage.

        Get on the Subway and go to Chambers Street Wine downtown, or Garnet uptown, or call for local delivery.

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          Das Ubergeek RE: Vinous Jul 23, 2008 07:53 PM

          I went into Union Square Wines... while they have a very impressive collection of wines the prices are shocking. Maybe it's because I live in California and cheap, good wine is almost like a birthright, but the prices took my breath away.

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            Simon RE: Das Ubergeek Jul 23, 2008 10:49 PM

            yeah, Union Sq is overpriced and i also despise their new space on 13th/4thAve: it's sterile and ugly and cramped, like a walk-in closet in a hospital...

            walk the extra 9 short blocks to Astor and you'll save money and get a far better selection

      2. kcijones001 RE: newport Jul 22, 2008 07:08 AM

        Have you tried Trader Joe's?

        1. Spends Rent on Food RE: newport Jul 22, 2008 07:28 AM

          I highly recommend Bottle Rocket on 18th between 5th & 6th. They have reasonably priced, high quality wines from around the world. The store is organized in two ways, first by cuisine -If you plan on eating X then you may want to consider drinking wine Y.

          Then around the edge of the store they are organized in the more traditional fashion: by region. The staff are extremely helpful.

          I also really like Moore Brothers - Again the staff go out of their way to make sure you're comfortable with your options and help direct you to some very good wines.

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            stephaniec25 RE: Spends Rent on Food Jul 23, 2008 09:09 PM

            Bottlerocket is the best! They have a well edited selection of wines and the employees are very knowledgeable and helpful. They have a great selection of wines from all region, but not an overwhelmingly huge selection.

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            piegirl74 RE: newport Jul 23, 2008 10:42 AM

            I think it depends on what you ultimately want.

            Do you really know wine and are looking for some specific type from specific wineries? Are you just looking for resonably priced wines in general? Certain wines to pair with certain foods? Is price an object?

            I happen to adore Trader Joe's for my "everyday" wine selections. They have lots of options and prices are incredibly reasonable for these types of wines.

            Astor is also terrific. I tend to head there when Im having a dinner party. More space = more variety to choose from.

            Staff at both location is helpful.

            I often walk by Bottle Rocket (my office is nearby), but have never been in. Good to know that it's a decent spot to stop!

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              missbuilding RE: newport Jul 23, 2008 12:33 PM

              For really, really inexpensive wine, checkout Trader Joe's. In California it's a better scene, but don't rule them out completely. They have the occasional gem.

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                bookmonger RE: newport Jul 23, 2008 07:26 PM

                It can be a gamble, but I've found some very drinkable bottles at Warehouse Wine & Spirits down by Astor place. Their prices are competitive for the area, so I usually pick up some wines to try while getting my bargain liquor. I go there over Trader Joe's usually because they have several different organized lines so there's not as much chaos as there is at TJ's.

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