Great staff! Great selection!
I have never written a review for one of these sites before, but after visiting this store I looked it up to see if other people were on to my new discovery. I was appalled to read a negative review, because I had a GREAT experience!
The staff is absolutely first rate, and owners are some of the most welcoming shopkeepers I've ever encountered. There was a wine tasting that night (I later found out that they have these every night) and they poured me a taste of a delicious riesling. As much as I liked the wine, I was looking for something red. The young lady who helped me asked me what I liked to drink and tailored her recommendations to my taste. I ended up walking out with a $15 Pinot Noir which was one of the best bottles I've had in recent memory. After I had paid for the wine, I stayed and looked around bit (it was freezing outside!). I was looking at the Champagne section, and another one of the salespeople asked me if I had any questions. I said I had already bought something and wasn't in the market for Champagne but that I was surprised at how many bottles that I didn't recognize. He, fully aware that I wasn't planning on spending more money, launched into a fascinating lesson on the differences between mass produced Champagne like Veuve and Moet and the lesser-known, but higher quality producers that they feature.
I left with the feeling that the staff truly cared about the products that they were selling and wanted to impart their passion for them onto the customer. Although I live in Brooklyn, I will definitely be returning to Oak & Steel the next time I have to make an important wine purchase.
I have lived in New York for almost ten years and been to all kinds of different wine stores in different neighborhoods, but I have never been treated with as much care as I was at Oak & Steel. And, unlike the previous commenter who boasted that she ""had the ability to buy the whole store"", I only wanted to spend fifteen bucks!