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LeNell's

416 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, NY, 11231
nr. Van Dyke St.
718-360-0838

Avg. Rating

7
Service: 6
Selection: 8
"Recommended"

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Rude!

By fauxserious on 2/7/2008

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Service: 2
  • Selection: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

I just called to inquire about their Absinthe selection and was informed the brand I was looking for was "the worst thing I've ever tasted, we don't carry it because we don't like it". Great, a simple "no" would have sufficed. The second one I asked about Belle Amie was declared "not real absinthe, made by people who just started" which is completely untrue. If you're going to be condescending and rude at least be well informed! It's actually one of the top rated absinthes on wormwoodsociety.org, a place where you won't find imitations. I asked what they did have and he said they carried Lucid. I said "oh, I don't like Lucid" and he replied "well, that's what real Absinthe tastes like". So helpful! I've had many absinthes, some genuine vintage, some imitation and a few of the new legal ones, including Lucid, which I don't care for. This place advertises NO SNOBS, well this guy was a piece of work, I just wanted to get off the phone instead of being chastised. I won't be making the trip to Red Hook any time soon.

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Whisky Paradise

By BourbonBlood on 2/29/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Selection: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

For a true lover of the rarest adult treats, there's no better place than LeNell's. It's like Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory for grown-ups! The place may not be huge, but the selection is. They have an unbelievable selection of hard-to-find whisky, and the staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. When I say they carry hard-to-find items, I don't mean expensive. I mean things that aren't on the shelf behind the bulletproof glass at your neighborhood liquor store. When you walk in, be prepared to indulge in a sampling of whatever treat LeNell has open for her customers. The bottom line is if you are looking for a pint of something to drink out of a paper bag on the street corner, this is not your store. If you want a great selection, and a staff that can tell you a lot more about what you are buying than just the price, this is the place to go!

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