Fringe wineshops

Boutique wine stores are popping up in unexpected nabes. Momofuku wine director Theresa Paopao helps us size up these quirky spots.



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Four more wineshops in up-and-coming neighborhoods:

Long Island City: Hunter's Point Wines
Paul Huston, a onetime Scalini Fedeli server and wine wholesaler, is behind this 1,000-bottle shop, which offers estate-grown vino, limited-production spirits, and a collection of old and rare wines. 47-07 Vernon Blvd between 47th Ave and 47th Rd, Long Island City, Queens (718-472-9463)

Bedford-Stuyvesant: Breukelen Cellars
Bed-Stuy native John D. Samuel opened this community-based wineshop, stocked with small producers from around the world and an ever-changing collection of prints from neighborhood artists. 504 Nostrand Ave between Halsey and Macon Sts, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn (347-240-5421)

Fort Greene: Thirst Wine Merchants
Husband-and-wife team Michael Yarmark and Emilia Valencia, who also own nearby bar Thirstbaravin, fell in love with wine at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant in the Bay Area. They try to bring Lynch's sensibility for terroir-driven producers to Fort Greene with this small wineshop. 187 DeKalb Ave at Carlton Ave, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-596-7643)

East Williamsburg: Big Tree Bottles Just around the corner from Roberta's, this airy wineshop focuses on organic, biodynamic and sustainable producers. 43 Bogart St at Moore St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-894-9463)

Loisaida: Alphabet City Wine Co. | Spanish Harlem: Vinyl Wine
Windsor Terrace: Juicebox Wine & Spirits | Crown Heights: Wino(t)
Greenpoint: Dandelion Wine | Four more...

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