About Us


High End Wines & Spirits

A world-class destination for wine, champagne, premium spirits, sake and shochu. Now featuring a dizzying array of artisanal spirits for all your mixology needs.


Started in 1973 by Isabelle Phillips, Ambassador Wines and Spirits has grown to become one of NYC’s most Iconic Wine and Spirits Shops. Currently operated by its 3rd generation proprietor, Leonard Phillips. Leonard brings 30 years of knowledge and passion for wines, spirits and sake. This passion is reflected in the staff and its inventory. With a background in biochemistry and genetics, Leonard is very unconventional as a retailer with a more “out of the box approach” than his contemporaries.

A word from the proprietor

Leonard Phillips

Thank you for choosing Ambassador Wines by giving us a visit.  Our website is a portal into a much larger world of wine and spirits.  The purpose of our site is to give visitors a taste of what you can find at our store.  We purposely only show a set number of items that are a reflection of our staffs’ knowledge and collective pallet.  We hope you will enjoy and eventually come in to visit what is NYC's foremost wine and spirits library.  Our goal is to be your guide to an adventure that will last a lifetime.

Meet The Team

Our Staff


Leonard Phillips



Michael J. Mahoney

Manager | Rice & Apple Guru


John Cristal


Welcome to Ambassador Wines!

You must be the minimum legal drinking age (21+) to purchase alcohol. Please note that we only deliver our selection of Spirits to the state of New York.
Please contact our store for more information. By entering our site, you acknowledge that you are of legal drinking age.