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Beloved Astor Wines & Spirits, which recently moved down the street to a massive new space underneath Serafina, now features The Study at Astor Center, a rather loftily-titled institution of higher oenophilic learning. (The Study features a classroom with special lighting to properly examine your wine.) Other additions to Astor Wines include 50 percent more room for wines and liquors; a wine-literature library; a room to store 500 of the more fragile wines at 58 degrees; a special organic-wine section; and what the owner claims is the city's biggest selection of sakA(c), kept at 40 degrees ("the way those wines should be maintained").
It can feel distinctly unsporting to root for the top dog. What's the fun in dubbing the Empire State Building the greatest skyscraper, the Yankees the best baseballers, Central Park the loveliest landscape? But sometimes the biggest, the brightest, and the booziest really is the best. Since Astor Wines & Spirits opened its new and much-improved location on Lafayette Street, there hasn't been a more gloriously bibulous depot. The prices are competitive, the sales frequent, and the... More »
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