I live right near this place and I try to avoid having to buy anything here at all costs. These folks are always mired in their $2,000+ orders from wealthy clients in California and people who are dumb enough to be paying a significant premium to put up with their pompous attitudes. I went in there once asking for something I had read about in The Wine Advocate and they acted as though I were an idiot to be inquiring about such a thing and that it didn't exist.... I don't by any means consider myself a wine expert, but I know the difference between a chablis and a chianti and I also know that I don't need to be paying to put up with people who don't give two cents about retail customers that aren't willing to fork out $200 for a bottle of wine for an everyday dinner... I'm sure they know their stuff - but there are plenty of places in NYC (McAdam Buy-Rite for one) that also know their stuff, have lower prices, and NO attitude about their trade.