New York City shops

When a man is tired of New York he is tired of work. And thought. And cheesecake.
- David Frost

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ABC Carpet & Home

  • Union Square, Department Store, $$$$ $$$
  • 888 Broadway
  • New York, NY, 10003
  • 212-473-3000
  • Website | About

A jaw-dropping department store of home design treasures that feels like a whimsical movie set. Hundreds of chandeliers, mountains of rugs, thousands of dainty tabletop pieces – beautifully displayed in vignettes on six sprawling floors. Minimalists: brace yourselves.

Argosy Book Store

  • Midtown East, Bookstore, $$$$ $
  • 116 E. 59th St.
  • New York, NY, 10022
  • +1-212-753-4455
  • Website

Six floors of antique printed tomes, historical documents, botanical posters, Civil War maps, and other bibliophile treasures from this family run institution (since 1925).

Barbara Feinman Millinery

  • East Village, Boutique, $$$$ $$
  • 66 E. 7th St.
  • New York, NY, 10003
  • +1-212-358-709
  • Website

A tiny, well lit shop filled to the brim with finely crafted fedoras, fascinators, berets, and cloche hats. Each piece is a very special work of art.

Barneys

  • Upper East Side, Department Store, $$$$ $$$
  • 660 Madison Ave.
  • New York, NY, 10065
  • +1-212-826-8900
  • Website

Trustfund babes go here to shop for the modern classics. The Soho Co-Op offers a good range of emerging designers.

Bergdorf Goodman

  • Midtown, Department Store, $$$$ $$$
  • 754 Fifth Ave.
  • New York, NY, 10022
  • +1-212-753-7300
  • Website

Very fancy department store experience for the Holly Golightly type. On a red carpet shopping spree? Start here. Views of Central Park from the dressing room.

Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks

  • West Village, Bookstore, $$$$ $
  • 163 W. 10th St.
  • New York, NY, 10014
  • +1-212-989-8962
  • Website

This throw-back secondhand shop is a love letter to vintage cookbooks, culinary ephemera, and etiquette books.

Creel and Gow

  • Upper East Side, Specialty, $$$$ $$$
  • 131 E. 70th St.
  • New York, NY, 10021
  • 212-327-4281
  • Website | Email

A stunning townhouse wunderkammer of rare natural specimens, taxidermy, and curiosities expertly curated among global design items. 

Freeman's Sporting Club

  • Lower East Side, Barbershop, Boutique, $$$$ $$
  • 8 Rivington St.
  • New York, NY, 10002
  • +1-212-673-3209
  • Website

It's not a clothing shop, it's a lifestyle -- and it looks a lot like a 19th century calvary man. Gorgeous handmade suits (from selvage fabric), boots, and button-downs are half the battle. Clean up in the barber shop out back, then fit in just perfectly with their restaurant/lodge next door.

Henry Bendel

  • Midtown, Department Store, $$$$ $$$
  • 712 Fifth Ave.
  • New York, NY, 10022
  • +1-212-247-1100
  • Website

Legendary Fifth Avenue department store with a boutique atmosphere. Casting calls are made for indie accessories designers; a whole floor is dedicated to cool cosmetics and fragrances.

John Derian

  • East Village, Boutique, $$$$ $$
  • 6 E. 2nd St.
  • New York, NY, 10003
  • +1-212-677-3917
  • Website

A spirited collection of obscurities and striking ephemera including Derian’s signature découpage glassware and Hugo Guinness drawings.

Kalustyan’s

  • Midtown East, Food and Wine, $$$$ $
  • 123 Lexington Ave.
  • New York, NY, 10002
  • +1-212-685-3451
  • Website

Get lost among shelves of spices (4,000 and counting), sacks of dried fruit, and piles of nuts, before tucking into the little deli upstairs, where mujaddara in a pita will only set you back a few bucks.

Kiki de Montparnasse

  • Soho, Boutique, $$$$ $$$
  • 79 Greene St.
  • New York, NY, 10012
  • +1-212-965-8150
  • Website

Elegant, blush-inducing, sometimes totally naughty lingerie shop, with high-design sex toys (go on and touch), and art films to get you in the mood.

Kirna Zabete

  • Soho, Boutique, $$$$ $$$
  • 96 Greene St.
  • New York, NY, 10012
  • +1-212-941-9656
  • Website

Uptown socialites' downtown home base for Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, and whatever's going to be in next season.

Maryam Nassir Zadeh

  • Lower East Side, Boutique, $$$$ $$$
  • 123 Norfolk St.
  • New York, NY, 10002
  • +1-212-673-6405
  • Website

Clothing and accessory collections (vintage, global, futuristic) that truly inspire. Curation is gallery-like, but you are allowed to look and touch.

Michele Varian

  • Soho, House and Home, $$$$ $$
  • 27 Howard St.
  • New York, NY, 10013
  • +1-212-343-0033
  • Website | About

Woodsy, folksy, precious objects, statement furniture, gothic marvels, and the designer’s famous handmade pillows. Don't leave without peeking into the jewelry cases.

Opening Ceremony

  • Soho, Boutique, $$$$ $$$
  • 35 Howard St.
  • New York, NY, 10013
  • +1-212-219-2688
  • Website

The city's indisputable fashion clubhouse reinvents itself constantly by teaming up with all sorts of folks (designers, directors, Hollywood starlets) on inventive collaborations, quirky outposts (like their gift shop at the Ace Hotel) and fashiony happenings.

Other Music

  • East Village, Music and Movies, $$$$ $
  • 15 E. 4th St.
  • New York, NY, 10003
  • +1-212-477-8150
  • Website

Just try and stump the clerks. They raise music geekdom to another level at this independent record store and DJ hangout. You can pick up tickets at the in-store box office for live shows and underground parties.

Pearl River Mart

  • Soho, Gifts and Souvenirs, $$$$ $
  • 477 Broadway
  • New York, NY, 10013
  • +1-212-431-4770
  • Website

Chinese department store (kind of) bursting at the seams with inexpensive Asian imports, including birdcages, paper dragons, zen fountains, teas, parasols, and a never ending collection of ceramic sushi sets. Pick up all sorts of cheap trinkets for your friends back home.

Russ & Daughters

  • Lower East Side, Food and Wine, $$$$ $$
  • 179 E. Houston St.
  • New York, NY, 10002
  • +1-212-475-4880
  • Website

Figure out a way to smuggle lox and cream cheese on the plane. This old Jewish "appetizing store" (and NY institution) offers the best smears, smoked fish, bagels, dried fruits, and other foodstuffs -- which are meticulously handled by men in white lab coats.

Steven Alan

  • Tribeca, Boutique, $$$$ $$
  • 103 Franklin St.
  • New York, NY, 10013
  • +1-212-219-3305
  • Website

The man behind the boutique has culled a crew of indie designer darlings, which he intersperses with his signature plaid button-downs.

Strand Bookstore

  • Union Square, Bookstore, $$$$ $
  • 828 Broadway
  • 10003
  • 212-473-1452
  • Website

The old stalwart has eighteen miles worth of secondhand books, plus a floor dedicated to rareties.

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