Neighborhood Stores

03 Dec 2019 | 05:01

Best grocery store

GRACE’S MARKETPLACE

1299 Second Ave.

212-737-0600

www.gracesmarketplace.com

For more than 30 years, Grace’s has been serving up top breads, meats and cheeses to discerning Upper East Side shoppers. In recent years the store has expanded its offerings, with a move to a bigger location adding a dining counter, espresso bar and more prepared foods. So you can shop, eat on the spot or pick up something to go all in one place.

ZABAR’S

2245 Broadway

212-787-2000

www.zabars.com

There’s a reason this Upper West Side mainstay is synonymous the world over with quintessential New York City food. From high-quality deli meats to decadent sweets, it’s a go-to for regular grocery needs and makes special occasions extra special. Your kitchen wouldn’t be complete without one of its branded mugs, either.

SUNRISE MART

494 Broome St.

212-219-0033

Sunrise Mart has been bringing a taste of Japan to New York City for more than 30 years, with locations of the specialty market in SoHo, as well as the East Village, midtown and the owners’ year-old Japan Village in Brooklyn. Stock your pantry with products straight from Japan, shop fresh produce like yuzu and and pick up daily-made bento boxes.

Best museum gift shop

MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK

1220 Fifth Ave.

917-492-3331

www.mcny.org

If a good embodies the spirit or iconography of the city, you can likely find it in the museum's sprawling gift shop. Think skyscraper salt and pepper shakers, pigeon pins, “cawfee” mugs and water tower kits. It’s the perfect spot to pick up something for the homesick New Yorker in your life - or add a touch of home to your walls, shelves or outfit.

AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM

2 Lincoln Square

212-595-9533

www.folkartmuseum.org

Sport a necklace or pair of earrings from the museum’s gift shop, and you’ll likely get a “Where did you get that?” Unique jewelry unlike anything you’d find in fast fashion are just some of the artful items on offer. Best sellers include butterfly brooches, handmade porcelain cups and felt ornaments.

MOMA DESIGN STORE

81 Spring St.

646-613-1367

www.store.moma.org

The MoMA Design Store’s stock is as carefully curated as the walls of the contemporary museum; products must meet a set of eight criteria to make it onto the shelves. Shop the selection of games, tech decor, jewelry, books, furniture and more at the museum’s bi-level Soho outpost.

Best flower shop

JEROME FLORISTS

1379 Madison Ave.

212-289-1677

www.jeromeflorists.com

The roots of this family-owned Upper East Side florist date back to 1929. It has a special interest in orchids, including mini, double and triple. The shop also offers arrangements for any occasion and caters to events like weddings. It has maintained relationships with customers for decades, who return for the fresh flowers and beautiful arrangements. Same-day delivery is available in Manhattan.

PLANTSHED

209 West 96th St.

212-662-4400

www.plantshed.com

The Upper West Side flagship of this decades-old florist features several floors devoted to the cultivation of flowers and plants. There’s a giant pottery collection on one, and even a rooftop greenhouse to develop indoor and outdoor plants year round. The accommodating shop can help with any occasion, from events like weddings to anniversary arrangements to finding a new desk mate.

VENUS ET FLEUR

185 Greenwich St.

917-551-5666

www.venusetfleur.com

These are the gifts that truly keep on giving. The downtown shop, located in Westfield World Trade Center, crafts specially-preserved Ecuadorian roses that can last up to a whole year (with proper care). The shop is big on presentation, too, with the luxe, enduring roses displayed in your choice of a clear case or Parisian-style hat box.

Best candy store

THE SWEET SHOP NYC

404 East 73rd St.

212-960-8685

www.thesweetshopnyc.com

This Upper East Side spot draws lines for its homemade goodies like chocolate-covered marshmallows and caramel bites. More than 60 different candies are available by the jarful, with trips to “Licorice Lane,” “Sour City” and “Gummy Town.” That’s not all - flavors from OddFellows Ice Cream Co., Il Laboratorio del Gelato and more are also on the menu.

IT’SUGAR

1870 Broadway, unit B

646-395-7946

www.itsugar.com

It’s all about the gag at this over-the-top chain, known for its novelty creations like giant candy (such as an actual kid-size Sour Patch Kid) and cultural references (there’s a take on “Saturday Night Live’s” “Schweddy Balls”). There’s also, of course, plenty of bulk candy to take by the bagful, available in pretty much any type of sweet you can think of.

SOCKERBIT

89 Christopher St.

212-206-8170

www.sockerbit.com

Licorice lovers will find plenty of kindred spirits at this stark-white West Village candy store, which is chock full of Scandinavian sweets. The premium candy is free of high fructose corn syrup, trans fats and GMOs. In addition to candy, you can shop a selection of Scandinavian decor, like patterned bowls to store your haul in.

Best eyewear

WARBY PARKER

1209 Lexington Ave.

646-757-2290

www.warbyparker.com

There are Warby Parkers all over the city, but the Upper East Side location stands out for its charming details. Housed in a former drugstore, the shop retains those retro details, from the signage out front to using pneumatic tubes to move glasses between floors. There are two eye exam stations on site, if you need a new prescription, as well as books and reading nooks to peruse them in.

ANNE & VALENTIN

248 Columbus Ave.

646-690-6600

www.anneetvalentin.com

The French brand’s three Manhattan locations include the Upper West Side, where you can find its bold, well-designed frames in striking shapes and colors. It also has a kid’s line, for the littlest tastemakers. The opticians are hands-on in helping you find the perfect frame, and repairs can be done on-site if the need ever arises. Everything from the modern decor to the lighting is carefully considered to round out the shopping experience.

MOSCOT

75 Ninth Ave.

646-380-2586

www.moscot.com

Stylish New Yorkers have been sporting Moscot’s frames since 1915; today’s “Originals” collection even includes styles from as far back as the 1930s. Moscot’s four NYC locations include its newest outpost inside the Chelsea Market, stocked with its own eyewear and opticians. The shop has a wide selection of frame styles, with experts on hand to help you find the best fit for your mug.

Best wine shop

SHERRY-LEHMANN WINE & SPIRITS

505 Park Ave.

212-838-7500

www.sherry-lehmann.com

This year the Upper East Side shop celebrates 85 years being in the wine and liquor business. Over that time, it’s grown its inventory to more than 6,000 items, with knowledgeable staff on hand to guide you through that dizzying selection. Fans of Bordeaux flock here, and it’s a go-to for Champagne. The shop regularly hosts public tastings; currently it’s in the midst of its 25 Days of Bubbly, introducing a different producer each day.

AMSTERDAM WINE CO.

271 Amsterdam Ave.

212-201-1224

www.amsterdamwine.com

This modest shop packs a punch, with a well-curated selection offering something for both wine novices and connoisseurs alike. Shoppers applaud the store’s reasonable prices (there’s an entire section devoted to wines $15 and under). Liquor seekers will also find some craft spirits on hand, spotlighting the owners’ favorite whiskeys and gins.

CHAMBERS STREET WINES

148 Chambers St.

212-227-1434

www.chambersstwines.com

Natural wine may be all the rage as of late, but this Tribeca seller has been specializing in the stuff since 2001. It’s an authority on wines the world over, and the staff is always good for recommendations - so don’t be afraid to ask. Follow along on Instagram to see what’s new in stock.