Manley’s Wines & Spirits: a terrific West Village wine shop

After having an amazing meal at dell’anima last week, Paul and I walked across the street to check out a wine store on 8th Avenue called Manley’s.  Unfortunately they don’t have a working website at the moment (bad!) but the place is a find and deserves a shout-out.

Manley’s isn’t big, but the selection is broad and well thought out.  The staff was knowledgeable and friendly.  I asked for a recommendation for a “shiraz bursting with pepper, practically smelling of gunpowder” and Bryan, the assistant manager, led me right to his top selection.  When the lady in line behind me asked for “some wine I can’t remember the name of, but it’s about $10 and comes in this pretty bottle that everybody likes” he knew exactly what she was looking for, too.

The store is also impeccable and the merchandising is classy.  But the coolest part?  An intricate, large-scale model train set that’s installed around the periphery of the store near ceiling level. It wasn’t operating when I came in, but they were happy to give a demo and start up the engines when I asked if they would.

Impeccable displays and a great selection of wine

Impeccable displays and a great selection of wine

Ask them to run the train for you

Ask them to run the train for you

Check out Manley’s at 35 8th Avenue, between 12th and 13th Street in the Village.

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