ABC Carpet & Home
888 Broadway, Flatiron
Each level—antiques, contemporary furniture, lighting, and accessories—looks like a page ripped out of an interior design magazine. You can call and make an appointment with a sales associate who will walk you through everything you need to decorate your home, or simply spend a few hours browsing their tastefully jam-packed floors. The best part? At ABC, health, sustainability and the environment are a part of the ethos, thus organic upholstery and wood sourced from sustainable sources are available. Don't miss lunch at Jean George Vongerichten's ABC Kitchen: Fittingly, the innovative yet simple food is local, organic and has won the James Beard award for Best New Restaurant. There's also a below-ground carpet outlet across the street that has some amazing bargains.
164 5th Ave., Flatiron
While so many activewear-centric retailers pride themselves—and their wares—on boosting performance, the focus at Bandier is fashion. Owner Jennifer Bandier gathers luxe brands like Live The Process, Lucas Hugh, and Adidas by Stella McCartney along with the requisite Beats headphones and Nikes to finish off the outfit. The idea that workout gear can be just as cute as it is functional is one we can wholeheartedly get behind. The barely year-old Flatiron store also boasts a fully functioning workout studio, complete with a jam-packed schedule of classes, directly on top of the selling floor.
200 5th Ave., Flatiron
This is kind of foodie nirvana, care of Mario Batali. Essentially Costco-sized, this Italian gourmet grocery store stocks aisle after aisle of the best artisanal ingredients, including truly fantastic fresh pasta. Throughout the space (which also includes cookware), you'll find plenty of places to sit down and eat.
889 Broadway, Union Square
In the past 20 years, Fishs Eddy has established itself as a vintage tabletop institution. They started out selling retired lines of dishware from hotels, camps, airlines, and clubs (and seem to have endless sources for it), but have since branched into their own, often whimsical, collections. They’re also a great resource for old-fashioned, but useful basics, like ceramic berry baskets, pie stands, and egg trays.
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