This massive food and drink complex, from Mario Batali and Joe and Lidia Bastianich, sprawls across 42,500 square feet in the Flatiron District. A spin-off of an operation by the same name just outside of Turin, Italy, the store’s retail maze and six full-service restaurants include a rotisserie with the city’s best flame-roasted chickens, an awe-inspiring display of hard-to-find produce (plus an in-house “vegetable butcher”) and the meatcentric white-tablecloth joint Il Manzo, which serves a gorgeous tartare of Montana-raised Piedmontese-breed beef. Taking in the full bounty can be a challenge; to filter out the noise, check out TONY’s handy cheat sheet.
All-natural beauty products have increasingly been claiming more shelf space in medicine cabinets and stores alike. Forgo the drugstore aisles for these NYC boutiques that offer chemical-free hair, skin and makeup products. Find men’s grooming at Miomia, high-end labels from Shen Beauty, and worldly products from Woodley and Bunny. RECOMMENDED: Read more on Earth Day NYC
This popular shopping joint is open all year round and recently expanded to host live performances and 100 sellers every weekend. Make sure to snag some of the new merch—vintage from Thriftwares ranging from the 1950s–1990s, downtown-cool jewels by Wicked Heathens and hats from ALIENSofBROOKLYN.
Boasting 18 miles of books, the Strand has a mammoth collection of more than 2 million discount volumes, and the store is made all the more daunting by its chaotic, towering shelves and surly staff. Reviewer discounts are in the basement, while rare volumes lurk upstairs. If you spend enough time here you can find just about anything, from that out-of-print Victorian book on manners to the kitschiest of sci-fi pulp.
Want cash back without having to charge up a storm on your credit card? Bring your unwanted garb to the East Village outpost of this popular buy-sell-trade clothing shop and leave with padded pockets. The best part is that they won’t turn up their noses at Forever 21—all brands are welcome. Score a pair of 7 for All Mankind jeans for $25, current-season Manolo Blahniks for $250 or unload some designer goods for major dough.
The revamped space at this sneaker and streetwear emporium feels like a brand-new store. In the fall of 2014, it added an additional 3,000 square feet, and includes glassed-in mannequins and a long entranceway boasting white plaster sneakers hanging from the ceiling. As for the merch, look for new lines like the Kith Academy Collection, featuring preppy caps ($45) and edgy jerseys ($125), as well as the Never Forget collection, which gives back to 9/11 charities.
If department stores with their holiday windows leave you cold, spend your winter at a holiday market. NYC’s best holiday shopping spots have everything from ice skating to vintage goods for one-of-a-kind Christmas presents. Stay through dinner as you snack on grub from the city’s best food trucks, and make sure not to miss the tree lightings. Here are the top holiday markets of the season. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Christmas in New York
Carrie Peterson’s buy/sell/trade store has become a household name in the city since establishing outposts in Park Slope and Greenwich Village, but the original Williamsburg store wass still a prime spot to scope preworn treasures. It has since moved to Greenpoint because the store's landlord didn't renew its lease. "The neighborhood has grown at astronomical rates," Peterson says. Luckily the rent rates are friendlier—for now—in Greenpoint, which is nice considering this new outpost is only six-and-a-half blocks away from its old spot. Expect the same vibe and budget-friendly prices on vintage goods that Beacon's is known for. Sifting through the many racks of gently used clothing for true finds can require a heck of a lot of patience, but the effort is well worth it for fashionistas on a budget. On a recent visit, we spotted a pair of Manolo Blahnik peep-toe pumps ($22) and a Patrizia Pepe china silk tunic ($50); dudes’ duds included a Club Monaco denim jacket ($17) and Sperry Top-Siders ($19). Looking to sell your own cast-offs? Clean, gently-used duds are inspected on the spot for their resale value (which is determined by seasons or what the store needs stocked). You’ll receive either a percentage of the resale value in cash (35 percent) or store credit (55 percent) to put toward your next purchase.
Vogue photographs featuring the store’s antique garb line the walls at this living-history reservoir, where everything from 19th-century walking suits to neon Vivienne Westwood platforms is neatly arranged by era. Here you can rent a Chanel quilted suit ($1,025) or a Missoni knit dress ($895) for a fraction of the purchase price. Walk-ins are welcome, but it’s worth calling ahead to peruse the appointment-only upstairs area. There you’ll find a priceless ostrich-hemmed 1920s gold lamé gown by designer Charles Frederick Worth, a 1960s chain-link Paco Rabanne vest and Josephine Baker’s rhinestone-encrusted 1920s bra (recently rented by Lady Gaga). Pricing depends on the item and length of rental; there is a minimum fee of $200.
Tucked between the Lincoln Tunnel and Port Authority bus ramps, this unlikely slice of city street is closed to traffic every weekend when dozens of vendors unfold their tables full of goods. Vendors tend to compensate for the out-of-the-way location by offering lower prices than found in the Chelsea lots, which makes it worth the trek. Be sure to hit Wildpalm Vintage for precious jewels and Store with No Walls for designer vintage from Oscar de la Renta and Versace ($10–$100).
We all know and love the High Line for its great views and perfect opportunity to sport some shades and sunbathe above Tenth Avenue. But below this elevated park are shops that offer everything from vegan skincare to trendy seasonal duds. Whether you’re searching for what to wear to the next festival, or looking for your next beach read, this shopping destination has some of the coolest boutiques around.RECOMMENDED: Full High Line in NYC guide
Since opening in Soho in 1993, Ina Bernstein’s minichain of designer consignment shops has expanded to six locations throughout NYC, including spots on the Upper East Side, in Nolita, Noho and now Chelsea. The spacious store is painted stark white to let the covetable preworn pieces—including Prada wool coats ($375–$625), a pair of Miu Miu leather boots ($250) and a Louis Vuitton leather mini logo purse ($595)—stand out on its well-edited racks and organized shelves. If you’re saddled with name-brand threads, make an appointment to unload your gently worn castoffs for up to 40 percent of the overall resale value. Keep an eye out for INA’s own eponymous house label of unisex basics that complement the higher-end merchandise, such as comfy cashmere beanies ($90), arm socks ($85) and fingerless gloves ($75).
Rony Vardi's jewelry and accessories shop is a cult fave among Williamsburg shoppers. The boutique is filled with a well-edited selection of timeless and trendy pieces by contemporary designers such as Digy + Iona, Bittersweets NY and Polly Wales. In addition to the cool indie designers, the shop has sells items from its popular in-house brand.
This popular neighborhood boutique is a treasure trove for kitschy housewares like Design Ideas skyline bookends ($43), Jonathan Adler ceramic animals ($47–$200) and high-end beauty goods such as Archipelago Botanicals travel sets ($28). There’s also a small but well-curated selection of cookbooks, including Janet Fletcher’s Eating Local ($35) and Ruth Reichl’s Gourmet Today ($40).
You’ll be transported to Paris once you step inside this opulent bath-and-body shop. Rich burgundy carpets, gilded wallpaper, a gloriously huge chandelier and a mahogany desk that serves as the checkout area set the stage for the luxurious fragrances ($50–$300), candles ($20–$400), lotions, and soaps from brands like Diptyque and Annick Goutal. Curiosity cabinets house many of the store’s exclusives—the West Village outpost is the only location in the country to sell several items, including candles by Les Secrets Ladurée Paris.
Ina has long reigned over the downtown consignment scene by virtue of its drastically reduced, immaculate castoffs from haute labels. With five locations around the city that book weekday appointments, it’s easy to find time to drop off your goodies. Don’t expect to profit from your grandma’s old knit sweater, even if it’s a brand name: For the most part, the stores accept only current (within the last five years) apparel. This branch caters to women; others (check the website) are for men only or both sexes.
Those who grew up watching Saved by the Bell and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will find a cure for their ’90s nostalgia at this East Village shop, specializing in men’s and women’s vintage clothing, footwear and assorted tchotchkes. Owner Michael Spitz has a background selling at flea markets around the city, and was inspired by childhood basketball cards, Ninja Turtles and Michael Jordan memorabilia for his first store. Sort through racks of colorful vintage gear to find treasures such as men’s starter jackets ($50–$200), Levi’s acid-wash jean jackets ($65), Gucci basic pumps ($180) and unisex Pendleton flannels ($50–$60). Nab vintage tees (two for $30) while viewing clips of old movies on a small monitor positioned at the front of the store. There, you’ll also find ’80s action figures ($8–$20) and a deck of Yo! MTV Raps collector cards ($3). Stop by on the first Thursday of every month for “Throwback Thursdays” and get 10 percent off everything in the store.
Every time we step into this minimalist, white-walled shop, we find something new to lust after. Erica Kiang opened the globally minded boutique in November 2009, and specializes in clothing, accessories and tchotchkes sourced from more than two dozen countries: jumbo weekender bags from Ghana, floral frocks from Australia, wacky watches from Japan and so forth. The prices might trip up budget shoppers ($259 art-deco heels or a $119 motorcycle coat from Japan, for example), but you’re unlikely to find this stuff anywhere else in the city.
The name of this upscale vintage store means “I remember” in the Italian dialect of Romagna—a fitting moniker for a boutique filled with goods from as early as the 1800s. Owner and Rimini native Patti Bordoni stocks both locations with decades-old duds in pristine condition that she sources from frequent trips to her homeland. Expect to find well-known Italian designers such as Missoni, Dolce & Gabanna and Salvatore Ferragamo mixed in with other European labels that fit Amarcord’s edgy, mod aesthetic. The larger Soho space carries the majority of the higher-end pieces: To wit, we recently discovered a Gucci sheer tank ($80) and an ’80s Versace sequined bustier ($400). There’s also a plentiful men’s section, where we spotted a Dolce & Gabbana silk suit jacket ($125) and an Umberto slouchy knit sweater ($125), plus an abundance of Italian leather bags, such as a Vera Pelle large rugged duffle ($235) that’s ideal for weekend getaways. The Williamsburg spot is smaller and a bit more eclectic, featuring pieces such as an Oleg Cassini geometric-print men’s button-up ($125) and a ’70s embroidered maxidress ($145).
After spending 30 years as a retail buyer in New York (culminating in a stint as head buyer at Michael K.), Susan Boyle decided to branch out on her own, opening Rime in 2007. On the racks, you’ll find gear by labels like Obey, 10 Deep, Stüssy, Penfield, Huf and Undefeated, but Rime’s real draw is its extensive collection of footwear gems. Look for suede Jack Purcell boat shoes ($85), classic Timberland suede hiking boots with waterproof Gore-Tex lining ($200) and Clae denim canvas slip-ons ($65). And then there are the sneakers: Vintage Nike All Court Lows with the signature swoosh ($30); Nike Classic Air Escapes ($100); camouflage-print canvas sneakers that are a collaboration between 10 Deep and ProKeds ($110); and Jeremy Scott x Adidas Originals kicks, which have a full-fledged teddy bear integrated into the tongue ($220), will have serious shoe collectors salivating. Limited-edition Obey tri-blend tees ($35) feature a color screen print of a city street with artist Shepard Fairey’s famous Obey Giant visible in the background. Fred Perry bomber jackets adorned with the brand’s iconic laurel on the chest are summer staples ($158), while Obey relaxed-rise skinny jeans stay crisp all year ($98). Though Rime is primarily geared toward men, there are a few solid items for the ladies, including Jack Purcell glossy leather slip-on boat shoes ($80) and lightweight slim-fit graphic tees from Obey ($28).
Set aside your Spotify playlists and scope out this homage to the once-lost art of vinyl. Academy Records’ Manhattan store in Chelsea carries a hearty supply of compact discs, but Greenpoint’s Annex focuses mostly on wax, offering everything from a self-titled Ginger Baker’s Air Force album from 1970 ($8) to newer sounds like Real Estate’s Days ($15). Shoppers lacking a record player can also pick up cheapie CDs from such bands as the Grateful Dead, while nostalgic audiophiles can take their time digging through discounted 45s (50¢–$2). The Annex also offers two listening stations for previewing older vinyl, and will buy your used records, provided they are in good condition (and not Broadway soundtracks).