Astor Wines & Spirits
399 Lafayette St.
at 4th St.
One of New York's best and most popular wine stores. These folks were one of the first to bring the concept of accessibility, fun and diversity to wine shopping and they continue to be innovators.
In addition to their more than 10,000 wines, they offer an international and extensive selection of spirits, liquors, fortified wines, Cognacs and brandies, and other alcoholic beverages. They also sell wine glasses and accessories.
Their web site is almost as good as visiting the store.
What to know:
Upstairs from the store is the impressive Astor Center, an exciting and resourceful destination for anyone interesting in all things wine and food. Wine tastings, food events, author appearances, and a focused number of demonstration and hands-on classes given by The Culinary Institute of America.