East Village Shops
Bonnie Slotnik Cookbooks
28 E. 2nd St., East Village
Bonnie Slotnick’s hole-in-the-wall bookshop stocks rare and out-of-print cookbooks from as far back as the early 19th-century, and she finds every single one herself. In fact, she’s a one man show, so store hours can be erratic, making it all the more special on the days when the shop is indeed open. You’ll find vintage cookbooks and kitchen paraphernalia appealingly displayed in the cramped little store, which is as entertaining for foodies as it is for design aficionados who love old books. If you’re looking for something in particular, Bonnie will track it down.
36 E. 2nd St., East Village
David Cafiero (as seen in House & Garden and Apartamento for styling Chloe Sevigny's East Village apartment) is the interior designer behind Cafiero Select, the super inspired antiques shop in the East Village. There's a mix of mid-century furniture, area rugs, mirrors, aspirational objets, and more.
110 East 7th St., East Village
Our admiration for Lizzie Fortunato runs deep—back to 2008, in fact, when the jewelry designer launched her eponymous line of eclectic, wildly-unique, globally inspired jewelry, which she co-founded with her sister, Kathryn. The duo then extended their vision to Fortune Finds, an online shop that offers a considered assortment of global homewares and art, all of which mirrors their colorful aesthetic and expresses a love for slow-crafted pieces that boast great design and a story. Now through January, Fortune Finds has a physical presence in their East Village pop-up, which the sisters decorated with pieces from their favorite makers including Ash NY furniture and Andrew Neyer light fixtures. Here you'll find brass candlesticks from one of our favorite brands, Skultuna, hand-loomed Portugues rugs (the sisters carried them back from a trip), and framed art, as well as Lizzie Fortunato jewelry and accessories.
6 E. 2nd St., East Village
Beyond being the best resource in New York for Astier de Villatte’s stunningly hand-turned plates, bowls, and glasses, John Derian's instantly recognizable decoupaged glass plates and paperweights have a unique old world appeal that also applies to the small objects, furniture, and curiosities he stocks in his iconic East Village shop. It's a small microcosm packed with antique objets and hand-made works by artisans with a similarly whimsical aesthetic, from Leanne Shapton's painted wooden "books" to Hugo Guinness' drawings and prints. Derian also designs his own line of furniture which mixes right in with the flea market finds and bohemian-inspired printed fabrics at his dry goods shop next door.
Lost City Arts
18 Cooper Square, East Village
James Elkind started out collecting refuse from New York City buildings that were being revamped in the 80's, and now handpicks the Bertoias, Pontis, and Wegners, as the trend has gone toward the Mad Men era. It's an always eclectic mix.
2 Extra Place, East Village
Off the beaten path on a Manhattan side street called Extra Place, fiancés Stevenson Aung and Angelique Chmielewski, have just opened a bricks and mortar showcase for their e-tail shop, full of off-the-beaten-path extras. In their careers as industrial and fashion designers, respectively, they’ve spent years amassing quite the collection of Japanese-inspired design—that mix of style, craft, function, and a little wabi-sabi—and finally have the perfect glass-fronted location to showcase it all, from Azmaya tea accessories to Sunao cutlery, to Fog Linen baskets.
328 E. 11th St., East Village
This is the place to source an entire men's wardrobe: You'll find Simon Miller jeans, Alex Mill buttondowns, and Common Projects sneakers, along with dressier suiting from Comme des Garcons. The guys behind Odin are fashion arbiters of men's street style which is why whenever we need to pick up a guy's gift, we head here first. There's also a location in both Soho and the West Village.
St. Mark’s Bookshop
163 E. 3rd St., East Village
St. Marks is in NYU territory, so it's no surprise that it stocks a bevvy of scholarly titles in cultural theory, film studies, and more. It's a great place to find a great art and design book, zines, and small press publications.
The Alchemist’s Kitchen
21 East 1st St., East Village
Part holistic café, part beauty and wellness boutique, The Alchemist’s Kitchen has everything from delicious matcha milkshakes and an array of beautifully health-supporting detox teas to adaptogenic mushroom powders (Sun Potion galore!) elixirs for sweet dreams, the best ghee butter on the planet, and tinctures for every ailment under the sun (menstrual cramps, stress, and more). Founded by three female herbalists, the studio offers workshops and informative panels on herbalism and the healing powers of botanicals, as well as one-on-one consultations with their in-house herbalists. (Bonus: Infrared studio Higher Dose shares the space, occupying the lower level.)
206 E. 6th St., East Village
Emilie Irving’s East Village antiques shop specializes in 19th and 20th Century textiles sourced from Central and South Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the Middle East. The charming collection of worldly and eclectic goods also includes antique ethnic jewelry and lampshades made from vintage Indian saris. It’s the perfect place to pick up design flourishes for decorating or a gift for a friend.
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