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Best Cellars - East Side - 5 Reviews - 1291 Lexington Ave, New York, NY - Liquor Stores Reviews - Phone (212) 426-4200

Best Cellars - East Side

1291 Lexington Ave (at Between 86th Street and 87th Street)
New York, NY 10028
(212) 426-4200
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Best Cellars - East Side - New York, NY


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The best part of this store is the knowledge of the staff. If you are looking for a certain wine to pair with food they always hit a homerun. They also offer free samples so you k...


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Great service 1/15/2006

The best part of this store is the knowledge of the staff. If you are looking for a certain wine to pair with food they always hit a homerun. They also offer free samples so you know what you are getting yourself into before making a purchase. This place is in a clean safe location but parking can sometimes get tricky on Clarendon boulevard. more

Showing that good wine is affordable 9/18/2005

Best Cellars really is a wine store that does not belong in Manhattan but it is very good if you need a bottle on a reasonable budget as all wines are under fifteen dollars. The one thing is that the store really limits the selection for that budget. While Best Cellars serves a nice niche, other stores (mostly outside of the city) really do a better job of providing a wine selection under fifteen dollars as well as other price ranges. Overall though, a nice atmosphere and friendly hosts who serve decent wine for a reasonable price, espacially by Manhattan standards more

Amazing Find 8/26/2005

If you're looking for nice bottles of wine for less than the average million-dollar bottles in the area this is the best place to go. Nice selection, great prices. more

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Best Cellars is to traditional wine stores what the Mac is to the PC 8/20/2005

Best Cellars is simpler, more functional and user-friendly, and just makes sense. It is the wine store for the rest of us! Walk into the well-laid out store on Lex and you can easily survey the goods. There are sections of the shop dedicated to the Best Cellars categories, such as fizzy, juicy, and sweet - 3 categories for white, 3 for red, one for dessert, and champagne. Each bottle is displayed on a high shelf in its respective color-coded section, with more bottles for purchase nestled in back-lit round holes descending in a column below. And with every bottle at a very reasonable price (nothing seems to be more than $20) you can't go wrong! They have small, free tastings on some weekends - or at least they did around 1998 when the shop was newly opened and I lived in the neighborhood. It was a very welcoming place - I'd recommend it highly to wine newbies. Wine snobs should steer toward more extensive, less simplistic shops. more

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Unsnooty wine shop 5/18/2005

It seems like people are always saying they don't buy wine because they feel like you've got to get a Master's degree in tasting and put on airs just to get to lay down $45 on something to drink with dinner. Well, those people don't have any reason to complain anymore. Best Cellars sells hand picked wines under $15. They're categorized not by some regional system of appellations and French districts, but by style of their flavor. The staff is knowledgable and friendly and there's always something out to taste. This is absolutely THE place to go in a pinch when you want to show up at somebody's house with a bottle of wine. Oh, and did I mention, they pick good wines. Often the wines are kind of off beat, like a red Spanish Cava instead of a traditional French Champagne, but that's what makes this place so interesting. All in all, it's a great shopping experience. more
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  • The Scene
    While for many of us, wine buying tends to be an activity fraught with anxiety, the savvy folks at Best Cellars have developed a wine categorizing system foolproof even for...

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Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Thu 10am-9pm Fri-Sat 10am-10pm Sun 12pm-8pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Visa, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown, Upper East Side