505 Park Ave., New York, NY, 10022
at 59th St.
By Msstsomewhere on 2/3/2012
Best selection in the country. The staff does follow you around a bit but you have to understand why that is. Has nothing to do with age, clothing or economic class. The selection here ranges from rare vintages to $15 bottles of excellent California Cabs. No one will raise an eyebrow if you go for a less expensive selection. The wine here is chosen for taste, not price. However, if you find something you like, you can't get it off the shelf (so no, they do not think you are shoplifting because that is not a concern, it's an impossibility). Do they do this for security? To embarrass you when you ask for the inexpensive wine? Absolutely not. What makes this the best wine store is their storage. Every bottle is stored at the correct temperature in their cellar. They bring it up on a dumb waiter when you order it. No corked wine here from sitting in a un-air conditioned store in August or an overheated store in February. Perfect every time. And everyone is welcome to browse. Those seemingly hovering salespeople are only there to be able to quickly fetch your wine should something strike your fancy.
By lsm on 11/1/2008
S-L offers one-stop-shopping for the important French & Italian wines, particularly Bordeaux. I use their web site frequently as a reference, but I am not keen on shopping in the store as I get the distinct impression that the clerks think I am about to shoplift. I'm a 20-something woman, a frequent and knowledgeable wine buyer, though I don't look like I buy first growths by the case; if S-L views my business as expendable I am inclined to agree. I'll buy there when they have a bottle I can't find elsewhere, but since there are plenty of other great wine stores in the city I do not expect to be back.
By Tomarademi on 2/15/2008
The new location is awesome and the selection and service still superior
By djparis on 12/7/2004
Shopping at Sherry-Lehmann (and specifically, at www.sherry-lehmann.com) has always been a joy. Customer service -- whether I need an order status or have a specific wine question -- has always been courteous and knowledgeable. 99% of the time, I get my order the same day! One of NYC's best kept secrets. Whether you're a wine connoisseur or looking to restock your bar at home, you must try Sherry-Lehmann!