Ambassador Wines & Spirits
1020 Second Ave.
at E. 54th St.
This East Side wine and spirits store is an impressive resource for those who either know their wines or want to become knowledgeable. They also have a serious selection of spirits, notably single-malt scotches, sake, bourbon and vodka.
There is a broad and deep choice from the places you'd expect (France, Italy, Australia, California), but there's also much more than a token selection from Spain, New Zealand, Israel, South Africa, and other wine-producing countries. Their Champagnes include many from small French producers as well as the biggest and best known.
What to know:
Delivery within a ten-block radius of the store is free. After that, inquire about delivery charges. They offer a 10% discount if you buy 6 to 11 bottles; 15% discount for 12 or more (unless the wine is on sale and then there's no discount).
They have a large chilled room for sake as well as Champagne and other wines best served chilled.