2009 ZAGAT GUIDE RATES WSW EXCELLENT!
Overseen by “well-traveled” owner Andy Besch (author of The Wine Guy”), this “charming” Upper Westsider boasts “one of the best selections of moderately priced” bottles around (mixed with some “premium” picks), all “displayed properly” and tended by a “superb” staff; it aimes to make “interesting” sipping affordable, and neophytes who “don’t know the difference between a Cabernet and a cabaret” can “trust them” for “lots of great tips.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES
The Pour: Wine’s New Address Is Far From Stodgy (Eric Asimov)
No city in the world offers the variety of wines that you can find in New York Retail Shops. Nowadays, you can shop the city and its suburbs online, but for wine lovers nothing replaces the actual handling of bottles… WEST SIDE WINE: Nice selection, moderate prices.
SAVVY IN THE CITY:NEW YORK CITY
By Jayne Young and Sheridan Becker
Purchase great wines and learn a bit of geography at this groovy shop, where the wines are organized by country. The staff is incredibly helpful. The wine tastings are a great way to connect with the other aficionados!