Shopping in Greenwich Village: The best stores and boutiques

The best shops, clothing stores, food markets and boutiques for shopping in Greenwich Village in New York City.

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Shopping in Greenwich Village offers a great selection of stores, from an outpost of beloved vintage store Beacon's Closet, to kitchenware stores and pet boutiques.

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The Bag House

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Owner Hiro Irie came to New York in the 1960s as an exchange student from Japan and has provided travel gear and luggage to city dwellers since 1974. The spartan store is packed to the brim with carriers from dependable brands such as Victorinox, Halliburton and LeSportsac, and clearly caters to the NYU students in the neighborhood, considering that a massive wall is dedicated to North Face backpacks ($40–$165) and Manhattan Portage messenger bags ($40–$120). If you’ve since outgrown wearing JanSport reversible leopard-print backpacks ($51), more mature options include Eagle Creek four-wheeled uprights ($314) and Baggallini rolling totes ($171) done up in a sophisticated, subtle giraffe print. Mention TONY for 10 percent off all purchases (excludes Deuter, Eagle Creek, Jansport, Kipling, LeSportsac, North Face, Rimowa and Victorinox) through May 31.

  1. 797 Broadway, between 10th and 11th Sts
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Beacon’s Closet

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As big fans of this treasure trove of modern and vintage finds, we’re ecstatic that Brooklyn mainstay Beacon’s Closet (which has stores in Williamsburg and Park Slope) opened up shop in Manhattan. The simple space is adorned with three large chandeliers crafted from buttons by engineer Doug Newton and features one wall covered in dark, floral wallpaper. Although it’s half the size of the nearly 5,000-square-foot Williamsburg location, the Manhattan storefront boasts plentiful racks packed with retired closet duds consigned by locals, many of whom are trendy college kids from nearby schools. You’ll likely come across designer goods such as a Christian Dior cropped blazer ($25) or a Marc Jacobs men’s corduroy jacket ($30), although castaways from chains like H&M and Charlotte Russe are also in the mix. The store is abundant in one-of-a-kind accessories, including funky United Nude orange-and-red checkered booties ($50), but also stocks simpler shoes such as guys’ Gourmet red suede sneakers ($18). Drop by and exchange your own gently worn, in-season clothes for 35 percent of the resale value in cash, or 55 percent of store credit for your next purchase.

  1. 10 W 13th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
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The Market NYC pop-up

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This eclectic bazaar is celebrating ten years as one of the city’s biggest indoor markets by upgrading to a larger, 8,500-square-foot space for the summer. Around 30 indie artisans and designers rent a space, hawking apparel for men ($30–$650) and women ($49–$220), jewelry ($40–$300), accessories ($25–$175) and handmade crafts ($150–$350). Browse the marketplace to discover Abby May vintage gemstone-and-chain necklaces ($120) and Nanako cotton tie-front tank dresses ($46). Choice men’s threads include celeb-favorite Japanese designer Hiro Takahashi’s animal-human-morphs graphic tees ($45). Vendors have been known to negotiate prices, so bring your best poker face.

  1. 159 Bleecker St, between Sullivan and Thompson Sts
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Annie Sez

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Ladies looking for trendy name-brand threads for less will go crazy for the goods offered in this 6,500-square-foot shop. While there is a location in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, this is the first Manhattan store for the 37-year-old company, which offers current season merchandise at 20 to 65 percent off department-store prices. It takes some diligence to rummage through the extensive, designer-coordinated racks, but we spotted Calvin Klein cotton sheaths ($70), Taylor leopard-print dresses ($60) and W18 by Walter Baker sheer blouses ($35). The massive amounts of accessories proved to be worth the effort as well, with Franco Sarto suede boots ($119), and Trovare stacked rings ($13) and fabric earrings ($8) emerging as standouts.

  1. 48–50 W 14th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
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Flight Club

  • Price band: 2/4

If that mid-’90s North Face jacket or retro Raiders fitted cap is eluding you on eBay, try your luck at this streetwear-centric consignment shop, a spin-off of the sneaker-fiend boutique of the same name. The assortment of gear, kicks and accessories consistently includes fetishized classics like throwback Jordans, vintage Polo sweaters and rare G-Shock watches.

  1. 254 Greene St, between E 8th St and Waverly Pl
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Burlington Coat Factory

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Bargain shoppers can head back to Union Square—which used to be home to Filene’s Basement—with the opening of this discount giant’s second Manhattan location (the first is in Chelsea). The tri-level, 92,000-square-foot space is filled with current-season designer duds marked up to 65 percent off department-store prices. Gentlemen looking to stock up on basics can nab Ben Sherman trench coats ($100) and Original Penguin V-neck sweaters ($25), while ladies looking for a steal can pick up Free People chiffon dresses ($70) and Elizabeth and James leather booties ($180). For the home, we spotted seven-piece cookware sets ($20) and Vera Wang Home coverlets ($100). There’s even a beauty section, featuring OPI nail polish and CoverGirl foundations ($7 each).

  1. 4 Union Sq South, between Broadway and University Pl
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La Petite Coquette

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Lined with paintings of pin-up girls, this boudoir-y spot, owned by expert bra-fitter Rebecca Apsan, is packed to the gills with both frilly and functional underthings. Choose from brands like Wendy Glez, Hanky Panky and Andres Sarda. The comprehensive website also offers handy fit guides. Be sure to check out the window displays, which often feature fantastical creatures like mermaids, bedecked in bras.

  1. 51 University Place, at 10th St
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Broadway Panhandler

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A family business founded in 1939, Broadway Panhandler stocks hard-core products for professional chefs, but there’s also plenty on hand for the gourmet dabbler. The shop’s personality really lies in the fun and innovative kitchen accessories it offers for any level of enthusiast to enjoy. Check out the Edward Salad Hands ($20)—bamboo tossers that look like fingers—or the Onion Goggles ($20), which provide extreme protection while slicing the tear-inducing vegetables. The store also offers the ongoing series Demonstrations and Conversations, which includes demos, tastings and interviews with popular chefs in the area.

  1. 65 E 8th St, between University Pl and Broadway
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Purdy Girl

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This boutique is a NYC staple for fabulous flirty date dresses and office attire.

  1. 220 Thompson St, between W 3rd St & Bleecker St
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Make Up for Ever

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This airy East Village boutique, the only U.S. outpost of the Parisian label, is a favorite of industry professionals for its highly pigmented products and big-screen-worthy foundations. Customization is key here: Create your own lipstick palette ($16 for an empty palette, $7 per lipstick) or create eye makeup and glosses by adding loose, shimmery powders that can double—or triple—as a blush or highlighter.

  1. 8 E 12th St, between Fifth Ave and University Pl
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AC Gears

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AC Gears’ second Manhattan shop (the first is in the East Village) is like Toys “R” Us for adults. The futuristic shop offers the newest electronics, cool gadgets and fun tchotchkes from around the world. Upon entering, you’ll find two small flat-screen televisions displaying moving cars and people, which are synchronized to the beat of the store’s background music. Explore the wall of headphones by trying on one of the high-end brands, like the popular Zumreeds that come in a range of punchy colors ($40–$60). Check out the best-selling Bandai Gun o’Clock ($90), an alarm clock with a pop-up target and toy gun—so when that dreaded sound goes off in the wee hours of the morning, just reach for the gun and shoot the damn thing. More playful items include limited-edition Mimobot Star Wars–themed memory drives ($46), Kikkerland robot pencil sharpeners ($13) and disappearing glow-in-the-dark graffiti paint from Suck UK ($66).

  1. 106 Greenwich Ave, between Jane and W 14th Sts
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Welcome Shoppe

  • Price band: 3/4

New York entrepreneur Robin Weiss has transformed a teeny, 80-square-foot space into a boutique for women’s clothing ($70–$650), accessories ($3–$800) and home goods ($14–$650) from brands such as Small Trades (Weiss’s own line), Vega Jewelry and A Détacher. The Parisian-inspired store has natural accents such as stone flooring and wood shelving. Find items from up-and-coming designers, including Lucky Fish dish towels ($26), The Eye of the Sea evil-eye bracelets ($70), Lisa B cashmere socks ($25–$29) and Small Trades striped cotton dresses ($85).

  1. 36 E 11th St, at University Pl
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Babies “R” Us

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The Union Square outlet of this megachain has just about everything you could ever need to feed, bathe, diaper, clothe, transport and entertain your babe. Even though it specializes in the affordable, it does carry some high-end brands like Bugaboo.

  1. 24-30 Union Sq East, between 15th and 16th Sts
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Hudson Magazine & Party Store

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This three-year-old shop, co-owned by Helen Wong (whose brother operates sister party supply destination Village Party Store), did such great business selling Halloween costumes in its debut season, it’s utilizing its 1,500-square-foot storage space as a retail area in order to stock more affordable prepackaged costumes ($20–$60). Peruse the two packed walls for ensembles that are appropriate for couples (ketchup and mustard bottles, $35 each), fearmongers (zombie duds streaked with fake blood, $35–$49) and jokesters (Angry Birds suits, $40–$60). Creepy accessories such as Eyecon colored contact lenses ($30–$40) and Sexy Bite thermal plastic fangs ($20) will finish off your look to hair-raising effect. You can also get the party started at home with polyester spiderwebs ($2–$6) and pumpkin carving kits ($4–$15), which include a pick, scoop, carving knife and stencils for creating your own jack-o’-lantern.

  1. 513 Hudson St, between Christopher and W 10th Sts
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Village Party Store

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Although the original Greenwich Avenue location of this beloved party-supply store burned down in 2010, the Wong family quietly reopened a 7,000-square-foot space just six months later. The relaunched digs carry the same massive collection of prepackaged costumes ($20–$150) and decorative goods ($1–$100) for all holidays and occasions. In addition to a diverse selection of more than 2,000 getups, including gorilla suits ($120) and Gatsby-esque flapper frocks ($80), there are also quirky add-ons such as multicolored Afro wigs ($7–$30) and sparkling butterfly wings ($6–$50). Also look for decor that will make your All Hallows’ Eve fete truly festive, such as ghost and pumpkin piñatas ($13), bone candles ($8) and edible skull or knife cake decorations ($6).

  1. 13 E 8th St, between Fifth Ave and University Pl
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Artful Posters

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This 35-year-old Village shop offers 400 different types of frames, including basic wood, metal, flat silver and black matte—but don’t be surprised if you walk out with a poster, too. (The knockout selection includes vintage absinthe ads, Cab Calloway at the Cotton Club [1931], even Annie Hall.) Custom services start at $75.

  1. 94 Bleecker St, between Downing and MacDougal Sts
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Blades

  • Price band: 2/4

Don’t judge this ollie-centric chainlet by its Fall Out Boy–heavy soundtrack and teen-favorite skater brands: For everyone in need of goggles or a mountain-ready parka, Blades dishes up sporty, dependable lines such as Nike and Holden, and its knowledgeable staff will even assemble your snowboard for free. If you need a lift to the mountains, both locations of the shop offer bus trips ($45–$175; sign up at bladesnyc.com) to several resorts, including breakfast and the option to add lift ticket, ski or board rentals, and even a lesson for novices.

  1. 659 Broadway, at Bond St
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E.vil

  • Price band: 2/4

Don’t be intimidated by the ominous 666 sign above the entrance or the foreboding name: This store, favored by celebrities like Madonna, Paris Hilton and Jennifer Lopez, isn’t at all scary. Colorful neon signs bearing phrases like snobs and bitches unite and terrified of boredom hang high on the walls and illuminate the shiny white space. A similar cheekiness also permeates the ten-year-old clothing brand, which features mostly graphic tees, such as shirts emblazoned with Mike Tyson’s face, studded with crystals ($80), or horoscope tops for each astrological sign ($80). If you’re looking for something a bit more grown-up, check out cashmere sweaters covered in what look like colorful candy dots ($200) or silk tanks with a rendering of rib-cage bones on the front ($80).

  1. 666 Broadway, at Bond St
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Reminiscence

  • Price band: 2/4

When Stewart Richer began crafting newsboy hats out of salvaged denim in the 1970s, he had no intention of starting a lifelong business. But after his designs proved popular among buyers, he decided to open his own storefront in 1975, offering both his own brand of handmade clothing and accessories as well as an assortment of vintage items. Having held four locations around the city, the shop is relocating to its original Greenwich Village spot. Specializing in quirky threads from the ’60s to the ’80s, Reminiscence is known for its inexpensive and varied collection of street-ready and costume duds for both men and women. Snatch up Hawaiian-print skirts ($36), authentic Swiss Army surplus bags ($12) and floral jumpsuits ($24). Be sure to test out Reminiscence perfume ($60) in patchouli, amber and hibiscus scents.

  1. 74 Fifth Ave, between 13th and 14th Sts, 10011
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Urban Outfitters

  • Price band: 2/4

Once home to trucker hats and still the home to spot-on climaxing trends, this now global chain is a popular source for the masses with its accessible and laid back Californian edge. The impressively decent quality, coupled with the occasional insane bargain meets many criterias--from men's and women's clothing, to shoes, accessories and home decor.

  1. 374 Sixth Ave, at Waverly Pl
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Cockpit General Store

  • Price band: 2/4

Dress like a military officer who's on duty (bomberjackets, jump boots) or off (plaid shirts and satin jackets with a mallified feel) at this supply store.

  1. 652 Broadway, between Bleecker and Bond Sts
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Tortoise & Blonde

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Launched in New Jersey by father-son team Steven and Evan Weisfeld in 2010, this affordable e-commerce eyewear company sets up a permanent shop on the second floor of Urban Outfitters’ Noho store. You’ll find the full 35-piece collection ($97–$177, including lenses), as well as a limited-edition line exclusive to Urban Outfitters, stylishly displayed in retro-fitted Roadie cases, once used by musicians to carry equipment. Standouts for men include faux-wood sunglasses ($137) and semi-rimless specs ($117), while ladies should look for cat-eye frames ($97) and tortoiseshell glasses ($97). Have your prescription filled in the frames of your choice—the finished product will be shipped to you for free in just three to five days.

  1. 628 Broadway, between Bleecker and E Houston Sts
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