- Osswald Parfumerie + Luxury Skincare Boutique
311 W. Broadway, nr. Grand St.; 212-625-3111
The maiden U.S. outpost of this Zurich-based perfumery carries fourteen niche fragrance lines—mostly French, Swiss, and Italian brands that, in many cases, can’t be found anywhere else in New York. The perfumes and colognes (from $100) conjure far-flung imaginings (a Sardinian sea breeze, a warm afternoon in Barcelona). Equally intoxicating is Osswald’s service, marked by knowledgeable staffers worthy of scent temple Aedes de Venustas, but in a shop as accessible as Fresh.
Best Fragrance Shop
From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).