Best shops in Gramercy and Flatiron for fashion, decor and more

Whether you’re looking for a pair of jeans or a new sofa, start by browsing our list of the best shops in Gramercy and Flatiron.

The upscale department stores that gave the Flatiron District its onetime nickname, Ladies’ Mile, have been gone for nearly a century. Today, the area is peppered with chain clothing stores, bookstores, tasteful home-decor stores, including ABC Carpet & Home, and one of the best hat shops in NYC.

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Dave’s New York

Critics' pick

Rugged guys looking for no-fuss, classic-Americana threads should beeline to this megastore, a bare-bones establishment that’s been family-owned since 1963. Many of Dave’s prices are cheaper than comparable stores; you can load up on Levi’s denim jackets ($60), relaxed-fit Carhartt carpenter pants ($38) and chambray work shirts ($32), or classic dungarees from Lee and Wrangler ($28–$32) without making a serious dent in your bank account.

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Fishs Eddy

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Walking into this Flatiron spot feels as if you’ve just stumbled upon the best stall at the flea market. Worn-wood shelves support stack upon stack of assorted rainbow-colored dishes ($1–$17), mismatched vintage china ($5–$23), toile teapots ($15–$39) and other kitschy kitchenwares. The amazingly cheap price tags make it worth battling the often-pressing crowds to stock up on assorted flatware ($1–$6 each) and glassware, including oversize stemless martini glasses ($6), elegant champagne flutes ($8) and Italian-style painted wineglasses ($5). If you’re in need of a serious discount, plunder the sale section in the back for never-before-used castoffs from restaurant and hotel suppliers. But there are plenty of affordable, freshly minted kitchen goods too. Local-specific buys include platters printed with the Brooklyn skyline ($17–$25) and Floor Plan dinnerware (from $8 for a five-square-inch “studio” to $33 for a 12-by-16-inch “penthouse”).

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Paper Presentation

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Stationers, brides and DIYers all flock to this warehouse-like standby for custom invites and supplies for creating their own. Grab boxed cards ($10–$40), individual sheets of paper in a rainbow of shades (from $1), glassine envelopes ($5–$16) and tags ($3 and up) from its well-rounded stock.

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Limelight Marketplace

Critics' pick

The Episcopal Church–turned-’90s-superclub is now a minimall. The three-story haven boasts more than 40 shops, including Old Hollywood, Brocade Home and the first-ever Hunter store. Refuel after shopping with thin-crust pies at an outpost of famous Brooklyn pizzeria, Grimaldi's.

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ABC Carpet & Home

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While it may seem like nothing in this inspiring home behemoth falls into the “budget” designation, the basement of the rug depot (west side of the street) offers a trove of carpet remnants, like a beautiful purple-inflected beige number (12x14 feet) for about $300, which can be cut to any size and bound—a customer recently had them re-create the shape of a bear. You can get natural fibers (jute, sisal) and broadlooms along with rug samples and overstock (most of which are reduced by 50 to 75 percent). Upstairs, you'll find insanely gorgeous wares at equally insane prices: Madeline Weinrib Atelier graphic centerpieces, huge flokatis and a slew of hand-tied rugs from far-flung corners of the world.

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Opening Ceremony at the Ace Hotel

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This sister boutique to the Soho location is outfitting, accessorizing and entertaining the hippest of hip travelers. High ceilings, glass displays, and the cream-and-tan color scheme give the store an airy, elegant hotel feel, while the semi-circular marble cashier’s desk (originally from the New York Public Library) adds a piece of Manhattan’s roots. Though OC is based around the principle of bringing international brands to NYC (the store’s name was even inspired by the Olympics), this concept shop offers NYC chicness to vacationers. Trendy toiletries are in abundance, from neon OC toothbrushes ($4 each) and Japanese toothpastes ($6) to Proper Attire condom cases designed by Alexander Wang and Jeremy Scott ($6, includes three condoms). Part of the shop’s allure are the exclusive collaborations, such as 3.1 Phillip Lim cashmere blanket shawls with matching eye masks ($200 for the set), jewel-tone Tumi luggage and travel goods (like canvas-wrapped adapters for $55), a Maison Martin Margiela feather pen circa Cher Horowitz in Clueless ($50) and Silver Lining Opticians aviator sunglasses with colored lenses ($295).

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JJ Hat Center

Critics' pick

Trad hats are back in the fashion spotlight, but this venerable shop, in business since 1911, is oblivious to passing trends. Dapper gents sporting the shop’s wares will help you choose from more than 2,000 fedoras, porkpies, caps and other styles on display in the splendid chandelier-illuminated, wood-paneled showroom. Prices start at $35 for a wool-blend cap.

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Joe Fresh

Critics' pick

Canada’s cool, affordable Gapesque brand opened its first permanent U.S. store in Manhattan. The large space has a refined feel, with white walls, natural-oak details and minimalist metal racks displaying wardrobe staples for both sexes, such as women’s gold-buttoned peacoats ($99) and men’s crew-neck sweaters ($39). Ladies will also dig skinny cargo pants ($39), simple tank shift dresses ($39) and faux-sheepskin-lined aviator jackets ($69). Guys can grab slim-fit denim in a variety of washes ($39), quilted puffer jackets ($59) and fleece hoodies ($24), then top off their outfits with ribbed beanies ($8) and striped knit scarves ($16). We’re crushing on the footwear selection for gals, particularly suede heeled booties ($79) and flashy gold brogues ($79).

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The Bar at BaubleBar

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This popular online retailer of affordable jewelry ($10–$300) from New Yorkers Amy Jain and Daniella Yacobovsky opens its first brick-and-mortar store, attached to the company’s headquarters. The space features white walls with lemon-yellow accents and goods artfully displayed on shelves, atop tray tables and hung in picture frames. Grab a gratis bottle of water and take a seat at the so-called bar, where you can try on chunky bib necklaces ($84), crystal-adorned skull bracelets ($20), tribal cuffs ($28) and sparkling teardrop earrings ($28). We also love whimsical items such as tiger-shaped cuffs ($58) and jeweled chandelier earrings ($28).

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Shoegasm

Critics' pick

The clearance rack at this hip minichain is always worth checking—we’ve scored knee-high leather boots for under $40. Of course, the window displays are pretty tempting too—seeing how they’re always stocked with the latest designs from Seychelles, Dolce Vita, Chelsea Crew, Navid O Nadia, Naughty Monkey and more.

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Union Square Wine & Spirits

Critics' pick

Taste 48 different wines via the store's tasting machine, and check out the many events that are hosted here. The international wines start at $10 and run the gamut up to a $1,200 bottle of French red. In the warmer months, keep an eye out for the Domaine de la Bastide Blanche Bandol Rosé, a medium-bodied, food-friendly pour with layers of red fruit and citrus peel.

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