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Where to buy wine in NYC

The city is filled with places to buy booze. And while in a pinch any corner shop will work just fine, including the places behind thick plastic, there are also wonderful wine shops that are great for browsing, not just grabbing and dashing.

Because wine is for more than drinking.

The Greene Grape

The first piece of what has become Fort
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The first piece of what has become Fort Greene's Greene Grape Empire, this wine shop is small and carefully curated. It's truly a neighborhood place, and the bottles are priced accordingly. Only a tiny number of spirits are available. 765 Fulton St., greenegrape.com

Enoteca Di Palo

Di Palo Enoteca is the wine store located
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Di Palo Enoteca is the wine store located next door to Di Palo's, the classic Little Italy Italian market. Enoteca was opened by Lou Di Palo's son, Sam. We love this spot for its coziness and selection. Obviously, Italian wines rule here. Barolo, anyone? 200 Grand St., dipaloselects.com

Sherry-Lehmann Wine

Pretty much the grande dame of wine merchants,
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Pretty much the grande dame of wine merchants, Sherry-Lehmann has been selling liquid grapes and bubbly for 81 years on the Upper East Side. It's a truly gorgeous place and a temple to wine. 505 Park Ave., sherry-lehmann.com

Heights Chateau

The subject of a recent New York Times
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The subject of a recent New York Times profile, Heights Chateau has been thriving on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn since 1973. Homey and neighborhoody, it appeals to both old-school and new-school Brooklynites. That's rare. 123 Atlantic Ave., heightschateau.com

Dandelion Wine

This Greenpoint wine shop gets props for its
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This Greenpoint wine shop gets props for its accessibility and Brooklyn cuteness. Owner Lily Peachin told The New York Times that she wanted to open a "non-wine shop wine shop." Success! This shop is perfect for picking up a quirky bottle -- it specializes in carrying bottles from little-known vineyards. 153 Franklin St., dandelionwinenyc.com

Astor Wines & Spirits

Selling hooch to downtowners since 1946, Astor Wines
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Selling hooch to downtowners since 1946, Astor Wines & Spirits is one of the biggest shops in NYC and boasts an extremely wide variety. They have great deals as well as hard-to-find vintage bottles. It's a great place just to spend some time, too, and there are free tastings held on most weekdays and on Saturdays. 399 Lafayette St., astorwines.com

D.O.C. Wine Shop

Perhaps one of the most attractive wine and
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Perhaps one of the most attractive wine and spirits shops in the city, D.O.C. in Williamsburg has that antiquey feel that makes you want to drink a lot. Featuring an impressive selection of Italian wines from lesser-known regions, D.O.C. also carries a wide range of artisanal spirits. 147 Broadway, docwineshop.com

Crush Wine & Spirits

Crush is known for its wall of wine,
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Crush is known for its wall of wine, which is backlit and incredibly appealing to the eye. Your senses are on alert here, making the wine all the more appealing! Crush has a great selection, too, featuring both classic vineyards and newer, trendy ones. This is a fun place to shop. 153 E. 57th St., crushwineco.com

Le Dû's Wines

Former Daniel master sommelier Jean-Luc Le Dû opened
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Former Daniel master sommelier Jean-Luc Le Dû opened this West Village shop in 2005 and specializes in small-production wines. While the shop certainly carries some very fancy bottles (read: expensive), you can also find a great wine fit for a party for under $20. Tastings here are especially lively. 600 Washington St., leduwines.com

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