There’s something about Gramercy Park that’s remarkably quaint and peaceful. Even though this New York City neighborhood is home to Stuyvesant Town, bustling bars, and busy sidewalks, it still feels very community-oriented and less manic. In terms of Gramercy Park shopping, it’s not an area packed with designer labels, luxury department stores, or commercial chain boutiques. But there’s a handful of select must-visit stores that any shopaholic will appreciate.
Bash & Bow, 210 E 21st St
This single, independent boutique is comprised of two side-by-side stores – Gift Atelier and Shoppe. At Gift Atelier, you’ll find products like handmade letterpress cards, artisan soaps, apothecary goods, and other knickknacks with a vintage vibe. Transition next door to Shoppe for an array of wardrobe staples like cotton leggings, jersey tees, and versatile accessories. This boutique provides everything you need to mix and match for comfortably chic daily outfits.
Italian Wine Merchants, 108 E 16th St
Italian Wine Merchants has built a reputation for being one of the best Italian wine specialists in the city, and this store features an in-house kitchen and entertaining area for private events. Any wine connoisseur (or budding novice) will love Italian Wine Merchants’ collection of wine books, custom gift baskets, and wine accessories. They even sell wine tasting cases so you can enjoy a proper wine tasting experience from your own apartment.
2nd Time Around, 232 3rd Ave
Rummaging around for vintage pieces in second-hand shops is fun, but all fashionistas hope to come across a luxury designer label at an incredibly low price. That’s what keeps loyal patrons coming back to 2nd Time Around – a consignment shop specializing in authentic designs, from Chanel to Jimmy Choo. It’s a true gem on the Gramercy Park shopping scene.
Bedford Cheese Shop, 67 Irving Place
To complement your Italian Wine Merchants purchases, visit this cheese shop to find everything you need for the ultimate pairing. Bedford Cheese Shop offers several delectable antipasto platters for any wine tasting night (or a gourmet weekday night in), but you can also browse an amazing selection of cheeses, preserves, mustard, crackers, chocolates, and more. You can also attend one of their classes focusing on different topics like white wine and cheese, bourbon and cheese, New England cheeses, and mozzarella making. And yes, you get to eat and sip throughout the evening!
Karen Karch, 38 Gramercy Park
As an independent NYC jewelry designer, Karen Karch has been designing bespoke pieces for more than two decades. And, if you have any old jewelry you’d like repurposed to create your own family heirloom, this Gramercy shop is the place to go. Karen Karch also stocks collections for men, weddings, and limited edition pieces in collaboration with other designers.
City Opera Thrift Shop, 222 E 23rd St
Vogue once touted the City Opera Thrift Shop as “the highest quality thrift shop in New York,” with sections for men, women, and home. This boutique is unique in that it has been an important fundraising initiative for the New York City Opera for more than 35 years. It’s the perfect scenario – shop this Gramercy Park store to your heart’s content, and support the city’s performing arts.
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