If you want it, you can no doubt find it in Midtown East. Yagenbori spice blend and bunashimeji mushrooms? Head to Katagiri, the country’s oldest Japanese grocery. Dreamcatchers or books about numerology? Quest Bookshop has them, and it offers tarot readings too. Pickleball paddles or tennis skorts? Mason’s Tennis has you covered. And of course just about every national and international apparel, jewelry, and footwear brand of note seems to have a store here, from fast-fashion purveyors to couturiers.
German Art Nouveau candelabras and 17th-century Persian helmets, framed imagery from 15th-century illuminated manuscripts and Louis XVI armchairs: If it’s old, beautiful, and valuable, there’s a good chance you’ll find it this emporium of nearly three dozen antiques dealers. And if you don’t, the experts here will almost certainly help you track it down.
Menswear on Madison Avenue
The Midtown stretch of Madison Avenue is a trove of fashionable menswear options. British import Charles Tyrwhitt offers updated classics; Italy’s Eredipisanò’s exquisitely tailored apparel boasts Continental brio. Made-to-measure specialists Hickey Freeman and Indochino make bespoke menswear accessible, while Stannt prides itself on providing everything from tuxedo shirts to chinos for nearly every body type.
East 57th Street
The two blocks of 57th Street between Park and Fifth Avenues sport more luxury boutiques than most midsize cities do. Dress up your wrist with watches from Swiss specialists Vacheron Constantin (founded in 1755), Audemars Piguet, and Richard Mille. Fashion-forward fine jeweler David Yurman has its flagship shop here, as does France’s Christofle, which is now as well known for its exceptional tableware as for its jewelry. And let’s not forget apparel, leather goods, and lifestyle brands Burberry, Chanel, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, and Saint Laurent.