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Stranger Wines
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The coolest wine shops in NYC

These new wine shops are so cool you'll want to bring a bottle back home

By Emma Orlow
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Hit up the hippest new wine shops around the city and bring a bottle home. Whether you're looking for a Netflix 'n Chill kind of night or hosting a lowkey dinner party, staying in doesn't mean you have to compromise. Educate your mind and palate by going for a funky natural wine selected by these expert newcomers. 

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Photograph: Marie-Anna Tribouilloy

Forêt Wines

The Bushwick restaurant Ops is known as much for its natural wines as for its standout pizza, so much so that co-owner Marie-Anna Tribouilloy opened up her own wine shop nearby. In addition to regular wine-tasting nights, you’ll find pop-ups—think Vietnamese street food—that prove natural wine can go with any kind of cuisine.

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Stranger Wines
Photograph: Courtesy Stranger Wines/Julia Gillard

Stranger Wines

One of New York’s most successful restaurateurs, Andrew Tarlow is known for neighborhood-y hits like Diner and Achilles Heel. Now, he’s set his sights on a bottle shop, where, on Wednesday nights from 6–8pm, you can try a glass (or two) of wine from a specific maker, with bread from Tarlow’s bakery, She Wolf—easily some of the best carbs in the city.

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Photograph: Courtesy Wild Wines

Wild Wines

Ceramicist Michal Sprecher makes swirling plates and bowls, but now she has a wine shop. Here, peruse her selection of acidic reds, crispy whites and spirits from around the world, then check out her collection of vintage barware.

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Peoples
Photograph: Time Out / Ali Garber

Peoples Wine Shop

Lately, it feels as if the phrase natural wine is just shorthand for “it’s a cool restaurant,” despite the fact that people have been drinking unadulterated fermented grapes for thousands of years. But Fabián von Hauske Valtierra and Jeremiah Stone have long championed natural wines for their flavors and sustainability at their downtown hits Wildair and the tasting-menu–only Contra. They’ve taken it a step further with Peoples, a rare wine-bar and wine-shop hybrid that's located in the cellar-level Market Line food hall.  

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Photograph: Courtesy Leisir/Christopher Leaman

Leisir

Leisir (pronounced like “leisure”) is one of New York’s most aesthetically pleasing wine shops—we love the stylish orange chairs. Here, founders Ashley Santoro and Caitlin McConnell celebrate female winemakers and New York State vineyards. Along the wall, the bottles are arranged like a wine list, moving from lighter to fuller-bodied selections.

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Photograph: Courtesy Spirit Animal

Spirit Animal

Italian restaurant Barano has seen Williamsburg through many changes and its little sibling—this newly-debuted wine shop—will be an equal companion for the area. We love that this spot has a table at the heart of the room, where you can pull up a stool and get to know a shopkeeper, as they help you figure out what you want to drink.

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Leon & Son Wine and Spirits
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Leon & Son Wine and Spirits

Shopping Liquor stores Clinton Hill

This 2015 neighborhood newcomer is a welcomed addition to Clinton Hill. The astute yet approachable staff are always happy to direct you to your libation of choice, whether it’s a Bordeaux blend or a Brooklyn-based artisanal whiskey. Frequent in-store tastings allow your palate to discover traditional and offbeat varietals.

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Photograph: Courtesy of Vyne Yard

Vyne Yard Wine Shop

Celebrity sommelier André Hueston Mack spent years running the beverage program at Per Se—one of New York’s most prestigious (and expensive) ventures. Now, Mack, who was the first black person to be bestowed Best Young Sommelier of the Year by the gastronomic society Chaine des Rotisseurs, has left Manhattan fine dining for a community-oriented wine shop where he can get to know his neighbors (and you can try pours from his namesake label). After that, head to his newly-opened & Sons American ham bar. 

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