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Apr 23, 2011 09:26 AM

Specialty liquor store for pastis?

I bought a bottle of Henri Bardouin... and lost it! Does anyone know where I can find specialty pastis in the city?

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  1. You can get more Henri Bardouin at Astor Wines.

    Astor Wines & Spirits
    399 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003

    10 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      or at Chelsea Wine Vault.

      or at Sherry-Lehmann.

      Both sell at cheaper price than Astor (plus I trust the provenance at S-L, than Astor).

      All 3 deliver within select Manhattan neiborhoods with minimum $ order.

      505 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022

      Chelsea Wine Vault
      75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

      1. re: RCC

        I'm semi-boycotting S-L ever since they started sending me catalogs in the mail! Ugh.

        1. re: kathryn

          I get bombarded by S-L emails every day, sometimes more than once per day. I have unscubscribed multiple times to no avail. Ugh.

          1. re: gutsofsteel

            Astors send emails every friggin' day, until I unsubscribed only after 4 or 5 times. They used to send me twice on Tuesdays in addition to all those weekly cooking and tasting classes that they hold.

            i've un-subscribed at S-L once and they stopped sending me both emails and paper mail. Their prices are not always the best, but definitely better in the case of this pastis. Besides, their wines storage and provenance, plus customer service and returns, are definitely better than Astors imho (and the provenance matters to me a lot), if that matters to the OP.

            1. re: RCC

              I agree that Sherry Lehmann is overall the better cave. And in some cases even has the better price point apparently

          2. re: kathryn

            My experience with S-L: I went to their web site and saw they carried a specialty liqueur I wanted. However, when I went to the store, I was informed that it was only in their Brooklyn warehouse and had to be shipped for pickup at the UES location. I had to return the next day. I was OK with this, but then they required I give my name and mailing address, just to pick something up. The system wouldn't allow it to be called from the warehouse otherwise. The guy was also annoyed that he had to take his precious time entering my order into the system and berated a coworker as I stood there. Also: the catalogs started a few weeks later.

            Consider yourself warned.

            1. re: kathryn

              We can all site stories like these. I ordered a few bottles of a very expensive Italian at above $300 per that Astor advertised on their Tuesday sale. Rather than do my order online, I called it in to ask about provenance and guy on the phone said they're pristine and well-stored. The bottles came 2 days later, and labels were torn, and/or stained (which signifiy bad storage or cork-leakage issue). I called and guy on the phone was upset that I complained. All I ask is for replacement and guy said as he was putting together my order 2 days ago, another buyer walked into the store and bought every remaining bottles. Salesman guy said the buyer had first right to good bottles because he was in the store and he also bought more. Salesman guy also condescendingly "lectured" me about his one-and-only trip 2 years agon in Piedmont whre he saw storage conditions in wineries where bottles can look mis-handled but are OK . He condescendingly asked me if I had been. I didn't need to tell him how many times I have visited, but simply asked for return to end the conversation. He wanted me to bring bottles to store, I refused and he eventually arranged pick-up after 4 days. i hope they didn't re-stock those bottles which waited 4 days from being picked-up.

              In the case of S-L, I'd readily give my name and address, to get good wines that I'm paying for. I think name/address is needed to make sure wine is being bought because it comes out of proper storage in Brooklyn and have to be stored properly in Manhattan store. Besides, all it took me was 1 phone call and all emails and junk mails disappeared.

          3. re: RCC

            Has anyone ever been to a place called Millesima on the UES?

            1355 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

              1. re: gutsofsteel

                I think there is also a place called millesima. It's a wine store, which is why I mentioned it here. It seems kind of legitimate (based on the website):