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Vino Librero

Vino Librero

A line of wine barrels on the second floor acts like a lighthouse, indicating the take-and-sip wine bar to thirsty shoppers. You read that correctly: You can drink the wine as you stroll the store. What's to drink: A sign to the right of the wine counter listed nine varieties of wine -- red, white, sparkling and rosé -- on my visit. All were available by the glass ($9-$28) and bottle ($33-$84). Loved it: Wine. While. You. Shop. This is genius, people. Sipping a glass of Adriatico Ribolla ($10) from partner Joe Bastianich's wine label helped soothe my crowd-fueled anxiety, and I was happy to see interesting grape varietals beyond the typical pinot grigio -- though there is a pinot grigio blend, if that's your jam. Gripes: The typeface on the sign listing the wines was too small to read until I was nearly at the counter, making ordering a split-second decision. Seating: There are a few high tables to rest your drink, but the lack of chairs and the busy traffic in that area of the store didn't make me want to linger. Instead, I took my glass with me through the store while I shopped -- there's a bin before the registers to return it. The wait: Even though the pouring and paying systems were efficient, I still had to wait 10 minutes to order my wine on opening night. -- Kate Bernot

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