We’ve had the pleasure of reviewing many fine single malts in our first month. If you live in New York and are wondering where to nab a bottle of your favorite dram then this post is specifically for you! In this article we break down the top five whisky retailers in Manhattan.
Love this local neighborhood wine & spirits shop. They sure love their whisky and the prices are probably the cheapest I’ve seen. I don’t know how they do it, but it seems that most of their whisky is about $3-$5 cheaper than anywhere else, it’s a huge plus. As far as scotch goes the selection is above average and they do have a few top shelf whiskies as well. Unfortunately, they don’t carry any American single malts. However, the staff is very helpful and can redirect you if you can’t find what you’re looking for.
Their sommelier and assistant manager Thomas really cares about whisky and that is reflected in the wide variety of whiskies on hand. In addition to scotch, they carry essentially every Japanese whisky available in the NY area (Nikka and Suntory’s core expressions). They also have some rare whiskies too like Ardbeg Alligator and Balvenie Malt Tun 1401 Batch #6. The reason they are lower on the list is because their pricing is a bit steep.
3. 67 Wine & Spirits: 170 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10023
I may be a bit biased due to my apartment’s proximity to 67 wines, but their whisky selection is very good. They have a few hard to find whiskies like the American single malt Leviathan II. If you ever visit here’s a word of advice: their single malt selection is upstairs to the left against the back wall. I love stopping by randomly to check out their whisky wall because they’re always getting new bottles. The staff is friendly also and willing to take suggestions for additional whiskies to stock. Their eagerness to help is a turn on and I like that they take the time to act on customer requests. Also the prices are very competitive and among the best in the City.
They have the most extensive whisky selection in the entire City. Ask any whisky enthusiast or people within the industry, they will rave about Park Avenue. Along with all the mainstay single malts, they have a plethora of rare and hard to find whiskies. They even have some Park Avenue exclusive single casks which is great to see. It’s actually quite amazing to browse their selection. The staff is also very friendly and knowledgeable which can make for great conversation. The reason they aren’t number one in my book is because the shop is cramped (as expected in NY) and it’s not the most comfortable environment to browse their whisky selection. There is also a $5-$10 markup on most bottles which is understandable given their midtown location.
1. Astor Wines & Spirits: 399 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003
While they don’t have an extensive collection like Park Avenue, they do have a very large selection. Astor carries almost every major scotch brand and then some that you would know of. They also have a cabinet of rare whiskies which are hard to find. Astor has an edge over Park Avenue because the store is so comfortable and cavernous. You can peruse their wall of single malts at your own leisure and read each of the bottles if you so please. They also have regular free tastings with brand ambassadors and distribution representatives. Astor takes the number one spot because they have an extensive whisky collection with some of the most affordable prices in Manhattan.