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Comparing Spirits

by Yori Yanover

One of my quiet pleasures on the day before a holiday is to go shopping for wine and liquor. My favorite used to be Astor Wines and Spirits, which occupied a good portion of the block on Astor Place, between Broadway and Lafayette. But they moved from that spot more than a year ago, and since then I’ve been shopping at Warehouse Wine and Spirits, at 735 Broadway, between 8th and Astor.

This morning I went into the new location of Astor Wines, at 399 Lafayette between 4th and 5th Streets. It is magnificent, spacious, attractive, well lit, gorgeous. But over the past years I’ve gotten used to amazingly low prices at the Warehouse, and Astor, beautiful as it is, was way more expensive.

Also, they no longer cater to folks looking for smaller bottles. No pints over here. And, like I said, the prices… So I picked up a Quantro they had on sale and a muscatel for our less hardy wine drinker, and drove back to the Warehouse. It was small and crowded, and had many more shoppers than its neighbor down a couple blocks. They carry $4 kosher table wines that are simply good, and for $9 you’ll get a perfectly wonderful Cabernet of Merlot – kosher. And their hard liquor prices are stunning, including for great boutique bourbons.

Come down to our sukkah tonight – we’ll raise a glass…


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