Vintner Wine Market
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 250
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 7
3.69/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$$$
--An update on Vintner's Wine Market's beer menu: they have some crazy good stuff on tap here. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and Barleywine, Speedway Stout, Great Divide Yeti and more... this is the place to get rare stuff that doesn't kick right away--
Vintner Wine Market is two blocks from my house and I used to buy beer there often until I discovered, duh, better places like Whole Foods or New Beer Dist.
The place is a beer-and-food spin-off of the wine store down the block, with the addition of several tables at the end of the narrow space where you can sit down and have some fondues, cheeses and deli meats. Nothing crazy, but satisfying food, and a good pair for the wines and beers offered.
If you're not about to stop, go for the deli counter, with lots of cheeses and meats from all over.
And the beer of course! A big cooler with hundreds of singles. Nothing here will blow your mind, but is serviceable. They got a single of all the big breweries in the US, plus the grand Belgians and other quality Euros.
The problem is the price- if World Wide Stout or Raison d'Extra are $7-$8 elsewhere, here they will run you $13. They sell at bar prices, even when you buy beer to go home.
I would recommend this place to sit down and have a meal and choose a beer from the cooler, which is fun. They also have some taps, which can go from the average-boring (Victory Prima, Chelsea brews) to the amazing (Founders Breakfast and Old Curmudgeon one night I visited.). Pretty random.. and service is far from good, so be ready for that.
But otherwise, if you want beer to enjoy at home, go to Whole Foods and buy cheaper.
01-27-2014 04:10:01 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.56/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
A nice enough little store with an assortment of tasty looking specialty foods. Beer selection was pretty average, I'd say, certainly nothing too out of the ordinary or rare sitting on the shelves. Focus seemed to be leaning a little towards the European side. Prices were a bit high as you might expect in midtown Manhattan. They did have at least a half dozen growler fill options, and I believe they will fill any growler you bring in. Nothing particularly outre in this department either, but the prices were actually pretty good on fills.
Staff was friendly but not beer folks in the least. Atmosphere is good; the store is clean, well-lit, and inviting, if a little cramped. Not a place to seek out but if you need a few bottles in this neighborhood they fill a gap; not many choices for craft beer in the immediate vicinity.
02-28-2012 04:58:12 | More by tobelerone
4/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
The ending spot after many a drunken evening with our friend who lives in Hell's Kitchen. Also a spot we have stopped in with the kids on a more sedate evening to be fair.
Vintner has a bunch of bottles, a few taps and a small seating area at the back of the place. I have enjoyed some fine drafts, FW Union Jack being the most memorable since we do not get it at home. Many bottles to drink on premise or take home, though the prices are quite high.
Food menu is small but tasty. Cheeses, charcuterie and fondue are your best bets. The staff is pleasant.
I remember most of my visits fondly, and some not at all.
06-04-2011 02:11:12 | More by sholland119
3.44/5 rDev -9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This store excited me. It really appealed to my gourmet side - there was artisanal bread, fancy cheese, and imported looking meats here - I thought this was my kind of place! So it shocked me that I walked out of this store empty handed. The beer selection was a little wanting, IMO. They had a pretty big cooler of bombers and single bottles, but very little that was of interest to an out of town visitor, like myself. I was looking for things I couldn't get in the Midwest, and I found very little. Instead, it was sort of a who's who of (relatively) popular imports...I almost left with a Schneiderweisse Hopfen Weisse (because I like this beer), but it was expensive and I can get that beer at home. There were a lot of choices like this...so I left empty handed. Two guys behind the counter watched me roam up and down the cooler, and then seemed to laugh as I left. I wouldn't go back.
11-16-2009 20:48:27 | More by BeerBelcher
4/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Waiting on Ubu on 9th. We were here once before, that night after Jenny's thing around the corner and after after not being able to spend another minute at the House of Brews just across the street from there. Beer store but they serve? Unexpected, this. And there's really not a lot in this neighborhood, so it's an easy one. She's runnin' late, I'm just walking the neighborhood, looking in windows of places I'll never go, waiting on Ubu on 9th...
It's like a little, you know, store for stuff, with a sister wine & spirit shop next door. A small tight narrow place, coolers and counter space, and 4 raised square bar tables to the rear, with a bar counter running some "L" action around the back walls seating about a dozen. Simple and functional; beige walls & pressed tin ceiling, a few prints framed and a single flatscreen to the rear. Some blackboard space behind the bar lists sandwiches, sandwiches, panini, salads, tapas, and soups. Another board to the rear holds fondue options, and there's a wine board too.
Beers are housed mostly deli style, in a pair of stand up glass front double wide coolers and a low boy up front below the windows over 9th Ave. The stand up ones display many bottled selections above on one of them tiered things bar use to house their booze on a bar back counter, you know what I'm talking about. Cheeses in a unit forward the beer, crackers, flatbreads, toasts, jams, spreads, honey, tapanades, nuts, dried fruit, meats, olives, pickles, breads, pastes, mustards, chutneys, chips, coffees, bread sticks, relishes, and other stuff, I'm sure. A meat counter and then more cheese lining the food prep counter, they do light eats here.
The coolers are loaded in singles, there are no six packs seemingly for the taking, although I suppose they've got 'em somewhere or you could build your own. A good amount of beer, micros local (Brooklyn, Captain Lawrence, Blue Point), regional (Ommegang, Middle Ages, Butternuts, Southern Tier, Smutty, Magic Hat, Allagash, Harpoon, Victory, Gearys, Sea Dog, Atlantic, New England, Sam Adams, Troegs, DogFishHead, Cisco, Shipyard, Stoudts, Wolavers, Crop Circle), and not (Flying Dog, Green Flash, Great Divide, Rogue, Boulder, Elysian, Sierra Nevada, Avery, Lagunitas, Oskar Blues, Abita, Left Hand, North Coast, Arcadia, Stone). And imports, standard Belgian, German, and UK offerings, 22's, 750's, 12's and magnums, really a mix of a lot but nothing crazy.
Coolers are sorted by style, which was odd at first but really made it a lot easier to find a beer for Bu. She found her style and went with these Pilsners 3 (Victory Prima, Pilsner Urquell & Left Hand Polestar Pilsner). I, myself was toying with a DuPont Foret or lovely Orval, but opted to have a few browns (Sam Smith & DogFishHead), and then a Stoudts Pilsner.
Foodings, there will be soup. I had a bowl of Beef Barley, chucky and reallly good, and a panini with Gruyere, apple, grilled asparagus, pine nuts & a honey drizzle on a baguette, which was too good for you. Bu had the Tomato Basil soup with rice & the roasted turkey, Brie, mustard, lettuce & tomato on a baguette, I said, "How is it?" and she said "Good, good".
They play good tunes here. "Never been let down by the music", she says, "but I have been let down by the lack of Magic Hat Fat Angel". She loves the beer and so Magic Hat has discontinued it, I can't help that. Good little "grab a couple of beers and get a sangwich" kind of place.
04-19-2009 20:11:46 | More by slander
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Way west location, sort of on the outskirts of the theater district and Hells Kitchen, on the way to/near pier 52. Tiny place next to sister store which does wine. Come here if in the area for upscale cheese, oils, food to go and an extensive selection of most of the quality usual offerings available in the NYC area. Interestingly they seem to offer most of their beers in the smaller bottle option. As noted by the Rebel, this place is way expensive. Out of the way & expensive, hmm, likely my next visit here will be when Brewtopia is at pier 52 again
11-28-2008 13:57:44 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev +5.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Numerous coolers inside hold well over 250 different beers of a pretty wide variety. Tons of stuff to try and choose from. Dogfish, Hitachino, and many many more. The staff are always nice enough, but I don't think they are uber beer savvy. There are two drawbacks to this place. The first is that 95% of the stuff they have is in the coolers only. The second is the price. Extremely expensive. I mean expensive beyond even NYC prices. I think they might be charging bar prices as there is a sit down area. But hey...you do get 10% when you build a 6-pack (whoopie!!).
05-26-2008 16:37:57 | More by RblWthACoz
Vintner Wine Market in New York, NY
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.