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Jan 20, 2012 11:40 AM

Anyone know where to find Starka Vodka in New York?

I'm looking to buy the Polish aged vodka Starka for a friend.

Does anyone know of a store in New York that might sell it?

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  1. try Park Avenue, on Madison and 41th street

    Park Avenue Liquor Shop
    292 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10017

    1. Rasha Nasha Russian Vodka bar probably has it. 4 W 19th

      Nasha Rasha
      4 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

      1. Take a trip to Greenpoint, to Nassau Wines and Liquors on nassau st, they would have it if it is Polish. If not just buy the Vodka with the buffalo grass or the gold flakes in it , or something authentically Polish.

        1. Rasha Nasha doesn't sell bottles to go, I'm pretty sure... Also, Starka is almost more like a whiskey than a vodka - distilled from rye, aged (with lime leaves in the barrel, if I remember right?) - and only twice distilled, so it's still got a bit of rye flavor, unlike vodkas which are distilled multiple times to the point they have no flavor at all. But there are some brands of "Starka" that are basically just neutral spirits with flavorings added, so unless you know the brands it's hard to know what you're getting.

          I don't think I've ever seen it in NYC, but then I've never looked specifically for it. I think I remember seeing it in New Jersey at World of Liquors. Your best bet would be to check the various liquor stores out in "Little Poland" in Greenpoint, like foodwhisperer suggested - Dunne's Polemost Liquors and/or Save-Rite would probably be the best places to start. Also, Maspeth still has a large Polish population. Maybe check Maspeth Wines & Liquors. Unfortunately, you're probably just going to have to go out there and browse. Very few of (if any) of these little family-owned places have websites. You might want to post the same question on the "Outer Boroughs" board, maybe someone out there knows specifically or could look for you.

          As a last resort after those, MAYBE the Russian liquor stores out in Brighton Beach - one often sees lots of brands you don't see anywhere else out there, and there's probably a half-dozen shops along the short stretch of Brighton Beach Ave east of Ocean Parkway - there's a Q stop right there, but it's a long way to go just to browse, and none of those shops (as in Greenpoint) have websites.