Kozel and Becherovka anywhere in the NYC metropolitan area?/
A friend of mine is looking for either the Czech spirit Becherovka or Kozel (dark) beer. A place in Astoria was said to have it, but it seems that the only US importer of the stuff cut the supply in 2009. Anyone know of a place with either one?
The beer garden in Astoria used to serve Becherovka, but seemed victim to the supply cut you mention. I was told by their staff that they no longer serve it. However, Zlata Praha, also in Astoria, has served it to me after the Bohemian Garden told me it was no longer available. This suggests to me that Zlata Praha was finishing off that supply they had left, or that they have unique access to it. Might want to "czech" with them. Club 21 on 21st ave in Astoria is another Czech place that I'm sure would serve it illicitly if they had access.
I haven't seen it (or really looked for it) in stores, but I was really surprised by Astor wines selection of spirits, by Cooper's sq in the city, and recently got some Austrian Zirbens there. Might be another place to check.
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You might also contact the staff of the Czech Center, in Manhattan:
They share quarters with the Czech Consulate General, and run the Upper East Side's annual Czech Independence Day street festival...
...which in prior years was very alcohol-friendly. I bet they still know where to get the good stuff, though, if anyone does.
A little liquor store here in Staten Island use to have some Becherovka. I'll try to stop by and see if they still carry it.
It also wouldn't hurt to poke around small stores in the E. Village or other areas with Russian/E. European populations. I've found Zubrowka, for example, on 1st or 2nd Ave. in Manhattan.