This massive food and drink complex from Oscar Farinetti is the largest Italian market in the world. The New York flagship takes inspiration from the first Eataly location, which opened in Torino, Italy, in 2007. The Eataly NYC Flatiron location sprawls 48,000-square-feet and is a maze of awe-inspiring aisle after aisle filled with hard-to-find, high-quality Italian produce and products, fresh counters, cafés and restaurants. It's a chance for New Yorkers to educate their tastebuds on the nuances of Italy's 20 regions.
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the popular department store renowned for hawking high-end designer brands at up to 65 percent off opened its second superstore (the first is in the Financial District) on the Upper West Side. Spread over five floors, the prime Lincoln Square location houses a wide selection of men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, handbags, shoes, lingerie and suits from brands like Cole Haan, Calvin Klein, DKNY and Kenneth Cole. Score marked-down merchandise such as 7 for All Mankind colored jeans ($40–$50), Moschino women’s silk-lined leather gloves ($75), DKNY men’s suede loafers ($80) and Jean Paul Gaultier wool embroidered dresses ($358).
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.
Everything you need to know about visiting Brookfield Place (230 Vesey St, New York 10281). There’s something for everyone, from label-loving fashionistas and discerning foodies, at this waterfront shopping and dining mecca in Battery Park City. In addition to housing corporate offices, Brookfield Place has a myriad of luxury stores, including Burberry, DVF, Gucci, Hermes Saks Fifth Avenue, Salvatore Ferragamo and Tory Burch. Not looking to spend a lot of dough during your visit? There’s also a Rite Aid Pharmacy for any essentials you may need and an Equinox Fitness Center if you’re in search of a sweat session or spa trip. If you’re hungry for delicious cuisine, you’ll find a variety of options for every budget, whether you’re seeking a fancy sit-down dinner or a quick bite on the go. Meat eaters have plenty to chew on, including steakhouse staples Del Frisco’s and P.J. Clarke’s, mouthwatering BBQ from Mighty Quinn’s or a juicy burger at Umami Burger. Le District Marketplace serves up French fare, including hand-cut fries and frosé, while Dos Toros Taqueria, Chop’t Salads and Black Seed Bagel offer less expensive options you can nosh on between your window shopping. Got a sweet tooth? Swing by Sprinkles for a cupcake, and don’t leave without catching the sunset over the Hudson River. Get cookingBrookfield Place also features the Institute of Culinary Education, where you can learn to cook and mix cocktails from the pros themselves. Summer 2017 classes offered include Summe
Russ & Daughters has been serving lox, herring and other specialty foods since 1914, and its Super Heeb of horseradish cream cheese, wasabi-flavored roe and sublime whitefish salad form a holy trinity with an unholy name.
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.
After dominating Chelsea Market, Williamsburg and even Los Angeles, this stellar local emporium begins a daily residency in Soho. Every other week, more than 40 new artists and creators set up shop and display their wares. Peruse vintage jewelry from Brooklyn Bleu, rare LPs from Eat Records, oils and balms from Real Bearded Men and even selections from Strand Book Store.
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).
This Lower East Side flea hosts one of the best collections of food vendors in Manhattan, with more upstarts joining the fray each week. Standouts include Mighty Balls, which tops its fluffy, two-bite meatballs with fresh cheeses and globally inspired condiments, like spicy-sweet jalapeño jelly and purple cranberry-horseradish chutney. Adirondack Creamery, an upstate outfit that makes ice cream using local dairy, sells pints and small cups in flavors such as Strawberry Moon, a creamy blend of vanilla ice cream and fresh diced strawberries. And the Wonder City Coffee & Donut Bar stand—a spin-off of the Brindle Room’s morning java service—seduces caffeine-seeking grazers with bright pour-overs made with beans from Plowshare Coffee Roasters and topped with generous dollops of whipped milk. The orange-zest–infused doughnut holes use mashed potatoes in the batter to produce a sturdy crust and springy interior; they’re served with powdered sugar and gooey house-made caramel sauce.
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.
Here’s where the magic happens: At Jacques Torres’s Hudson Street retail location, kids can peer through the glass wall to the chocolate factory’s floor, where cocoa and sugar are processed into chocolate. (Of course, you can buy it here, too.)
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).
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.
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”).
This sprawling vintage emporium shills just about anything you’d want in your closet: ultrasoft ’80s logo tees, flannel shirts, Chucks in every color, deadstock denim, vests, ties and special-occasion dresses. Slip into the back room for rarer (and pricier) vintage, including va-va-voom lingerie, frilly 1940s–1960s prom dresses and handsome letterman jackets. Across the street, the recently opened Stella Dallas Living offers vintage fabrics and textiles, including curtains ($20–$100), blankets ($80–$300) and 1980s bedsheets adorned with Star Wars and Peanuts characters.
Every inch of this block-spanning mart is packed with Chinese staples: Lacquered roasted ducks hang in the butcher shop; neat rows of egg tarts fill the bakery displays; and prepared-food stations hawk pay-per-pound delicacies like shredded pig’s ear, stewed tendon and gamy beef tongue.
You’d never guess the owner of this totally Asian toys and tchotchkes mecca is actually a Jewish dude named Israel Levarek. He sold his 20-year-old Batman figurine collection in 1999 to one year later open this store, which houses dizzying displays of memorabilia—half of which is from Japan. The shop was designed to mimic similar stores in the Land of the Rising Sun, with bright lights, crammed arrangements and goods displayed in plastic bins. Jazz up your pad with three-foot-tall collectible plastic bears modeled after pop-culture icons like Mickey Mouse, Iron Man and SpongeBob ($300–$400), or a smaller version for as little as $50. Snuggle up with quirky bubblegum-pink Gloomy Bear stuffed animals ($8–$35), squishable versions of graphic artist Mori Chack’s iconic Japanese character, whose bloody paws are a result of attacking its owner in the name of animal rights. Nostalgic dudes will flip when they see the wall of clear cases housing hundreds of Godzilla figurines ($15–$200), as well as kaiju models of various Japanese monsters ($30–$120). And yes, there’s something for girly girls, too: Pretty Blythe dolls with oversize heads (picture Barbie with a tennis-ball-size face) were taken off the market in the ’50s for scaring children, but the toys were brought back in the ’90s ($150–$250) and are sold with voguish outfit separates, such as Jackie O–like colorful sunglasses ($20) and belted tube dresses ($20–$30).
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).
Restaurant-market hybrids are the mash-up of the moment—see Jeffrey's Grocery, Prime Meats and this Court Street newcomer, occupying two adjacent brick-walled storefronts. The provisions balance regional American specialties (Duke's Mayonnaise from Virginia, Cheerwine soda from North Carolina) with international goodies like Sicilian salted anchovies. There's also a cheese counter with domestic and imported curds, and a selection of cured meats from cult brands like Iowa's La Quercia. Stock your larder, or settle into the 19-seat dining room for dressed-up versions of classic sandwiches, like a Reuben made with house-cured corned beef.
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.
Many local stylists resell unwanted high-end pieces at this airy vintage boutique; highlights from the current stock include a Chanel ribbed tank ($50), a Phillip Lim red leather duffle ($298) and a Rick Owens black tunic dress ($79). Interested sellers should note that consignment is by appointment only (the store is now seeking spring and summer items), and sellers receive 40 percent of the final sale price of each item.
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.
This small vintage shop sells everything from badass boots to sparkly sweaters, but owner Ivona Bilicic specializes in preloved dresses. Choose among flirty frocks ranging from the Donna Reed–flowered ’50s through the punk-rock-princess ’80s, then top off your revamped look with one of Loveday’s vintage or new pieces of jewelry, including Gatsby–era headbands by local designers Wink & Flip or Lola and Eye that would make even Blair Waldorf swoon.
This East Village staple, which hawks antiques, rare taxidermy and freaky novelties, has moved down the block into a 450-square-foot space that was once a funeral home. The spot has the same dark and twisted feel as the previous location, with creaking wooden floors, old-school hanging globe lights, and enough strange and unusual artifacts to earn owners Mike Zohn and Evan Michelson a show on the Discovery Channel, aptly called Oddities. You’ll find jarred piranhas ($25) and trays of preserved butterflies and beetles ($250–$350). A large oak case from the turn of the 20th century houses one-of-a-kind costumes, such as a hooded black robe embroidered with a skull and crossbones ($150). Adorn yourself in macabre accessories, including brass skull rings ($60) from Renfield Novelty, Zohn and Michelson’s new jewelry line.
If the thought of packing your belongings in a mundane suitcase gives you the shudders, then this cheery boutique is for you. Big Bag was once a West Village staple before it moved to its current location in 2009, and it’s since gained a following for its colorful, fashion-forward selection. Paisley wallpaper and glass globe light fixtures adorn the front of the store, where everyday purses and wallets from popular brands such as Rebecca Minkoff, MZ Wallace and Hobo International predominate. Jet-setters should beeline to the back, where they’ll find limited-edition Missoni for Bric’s medium trolleys ($830) splashed with the Italian label’s signature zigzag print and whimsical Orla Kiely car-print small trolley suitcases ($295), toiletry bags ($145) and large rolling duffels ($275). For overnight stays, opt for Hervé Chapelier signature nylon totes ($168) and Jack Gomme waterproof bags ($178) made from lightweight Japanese rain-jacket material.