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Best wine and liquor prices/selection in Queens?

bennyt Dec 30, 2008 02:06 PM

As NYE nears, I belatedly realize that I forgot to make a pilgrimage to Astor Wine and Spirits (my go-to place in Manhattan). I live in Astoria, and am unaware of anything so great in my nabe (I find the rather large store on 31st st and 30th ave to be overpriced and not such a good selection). I am willing to travel if anybody has any particular suggestions - in addition to wine, I'm interested in scotch, bourbon, tequila... Thank you!

  1. janie Dec 30, 2008 07:45 PM

    Why don't you head over to the liquor store that is next to Costco? Their prices are very good. Of course, selection is limited, but for champagne, and wine to make sangria (which is what I do), they are okay. You don't need to be a member of costco to shop there either.

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    1. re: janie
      sharonj Dec 31, 2008 10:51 AM

      I agree with Janie. Nice basic selections at very reasonable prices. I think their called KHH Liquors or KH&H Liquors.

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      irishnyc Dec 30, 2008 08:22 PM

      The store on Astoria Blvd. and 29th/28th (dont remember) seems to have a decent selection, and used to be a little less pricey than Grand Liquors.

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      1. re: irishnyc
        johnk Dec 31, 2008 04:05 AM

        Lowery Liquors on 40th & Queens Blvd. fits the bill!

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          Miss Needle Dec 31, 2008 05:22 AM


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            bennyt Jan 1, 2009 10:39 AM

            Lowery Liquors was a good rec. The place was a madhouse on NYE, as was to be expected. They had a far more expansive selection than anyplace else I've seen in Western Queens; the prices were also somewhat better than what I've seen around here (and a few sale items were quite good deals). I still find Astor Wines in Manhattan to be the best place to shop, but Lowery is certainly a good back-up for me
            ps- a couple of doors down there is a market (didn't catch the name) that has quite a good beer selection (there are hundreds of bottles in the window), but it is way overpriced and very difficult to actually browse the very cramped beer aisles

            1. re: bennyt
              johnk Jan 2, 2009 04:25 AM

              Sunnyside History -
              Louie Lodati owned & operated Lowery for decades.
              He was a real NY character.
              The park on Skillman Ave. & 41st Street was where I went to "Park School" when I was 4 years old. There is a sign there now commemorating his support of the community.
              Happy New Year fellow hounds.

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          abee Dec 31, 2008 06:10 AM

          That's Dominick's. The staff there is very friendly and helpful!

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            wonka Dec 31, 2008 07:13 AM

            There's a store off of Grand ave, I believe it's Ace, (buy rite), these guys are the best hands down. If you need something they'll take care of it for you, I think there names are Ed and Dave.

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              Paulomet Jan 2, 2009 07:16 AM

              The market a couple doors down from Lowery is called Supreme. I has lots of interesting things beside the very good beer selection.

          2. Astoria Lurker Dec 31, 2008 11:06 AM

            Hunters Point Wine in LIC (Vernon & 47th ave) has a great selection of well priced bottles from small producers. Lots of great finds and a very helpful staff make this my favorite wine store.

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              lhrk Dec 31, 2008 01:14 PM

              We love Lowery's on Queens Boulevard between 40th and 41st Streets. It's got a great selection of wines and liquors -- one of the best neighborhood liquor stores around.

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                EricMM Jan 1, 2009 04:36 PM

                I can't speak for the rest of Queens, but Empire on Queens Bld in FH...about equidistant between the 67th Dr and Continental ave. stops, has a great selection and great prices....best in Forest hills....can't compare to other neighborhood's , though....

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