New York Shopping Guide

Midtown East and Upper East Side

Astro Gallery of Gems

This store is full of stunningly unusual specimens that make for excellent bookends and table adornments—chunky rock crystals, fossilized six-inch-long shark teeth, and slabs of petrified wood. There are loads of lovely things to wear, too, like strands of carnelian stones and rare Indian turquoise beads, oversize moonstone rings, and bracelets flecked with chunks of amber.
185 Madison Ave., 212-889-9000

Products: Jewelry, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Chuckies

Truly an uptown gem; stop in one of these two locations to splurge on the best new designs of the season by our favorite upscale mainstays like Marni, Miu Miu, and Jimmy Choo.
1073 Third Ave., 212-593-9898; 1169 Madison Ave., 212-249-2254

Products: Shoes
Type of Store: Boutique

Roberta Freymann and Roberta Roller Rabbit

Roberta Freymann scours the globe for amazing handworked textiles and accessories as well as personally designed color-block tunics and beach bags. It all has a place—along with daybeds and end tables—at her two Manhattan boutiques.
153 E. 70th St., 212-585-3767;
1019 Lexington Ave., 212-772-7200,
robertafreyman.com

Products: Women's Clothing, Bags, Decorative/Lighting, Furniture
Type of Store: Boutique

U.N. Gift Centre

Look past the "I Love New York" postcards and snow globes, and behold a dizzying array of unusual goods gathered from far-flung corners of the planet. Find beaded Masai cuffs, pretty purple Czech glassware, colorful woven baskets from Ethiopia, hammered Moroccan tables, inlaid mother-of-pearl boxes from Egypt, and Native American tapestries.
First Ave. at 46th St., 212-963-7700

Products: Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Anthropologie

With its two levels, stunning Fez-meets-Florence interior, and seemingly endless amounts of antique-influenced clothing, accessories, and housewares, this is Anthro's most ambitious New York City store yet. It even has the chain's first and only in-store art gallery.
50 Rockefeller Plaza (between Fifth and Sixth Aves.), 212-246-0386, anthropologie.com

Products: Denim, Lingerie/Loungewear, Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Beauty, Antique, Decorative/Lighting, Furniture, Linens, Outdoor, Tabletop, Books/Stationery, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Banana Republic

If you want more of Banana Republic, the Rockefeller Center flagship won't disappoint. It's done up with art deco details and has three massive floors with everything from bags to dresses.
626 Fifth Ave. (at 51st St.), 212-974-2350, bananarepublic.com

Products: Denim, Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Beauty
Type of Store: Boutique

Barneys New York

Though highly-regarded as the ultimate department store, they always take a chance on emerging labels, often before even the smallest boutiques do. Its Co-op area—our favorite—focuses on young designers.
660 Madison Ave. (at 61st St.), 212-826-8900, barneys.com

Bergdorf Goodman

The most posh and refined of the heavy hitters; has an elegant environment and stellar sales help. Its raved-about fifth-floor shoe salon is filled with choice picks from all the heavy hitters. Also on the fifth floor, is an upscale yet understated accessories section.
754 Fifth Ave. (at 57th St.), 212-753-7300, bergdorfgoodman.com

Big Drop

This is the biggest and best location of this Manhattan chainlet; look for the latest from Ya-Ya, Development by Erica Davies, and LaRok in a space accented with backlit candy-colored panels.
1321 Third Ave. (between 75th and 76th Sts.), 212-988-3344, bigdropnyc.com

Products: Denim, Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Bloomingdale's

Hit the uptown flagship for hip collections on the sprawling second floor, and the excellent in-store boutiques for big-name designers on the ground level. Visit during one of its famous sales, and you'll find serious bargains.
1000 Third Ave. (at 59th St.), 212-705-2000, bloomingdales.com
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