Chelsea Antiques Showcase, 109 W. 25th St.; 570-383-6300
Despite their country origins, these rustic tables are beloved by city slickers for their rough-hewn looks and seeming indestructibility. Builder Tony Garcia’s business is centered in rural Pennsylvania, where he repurposes century-old barn wood—but more than half his clients are New Yorkers (including Edie Falco and James Gandolfini). The best fit for a cramped, overpriced apartment? The 30-by-48-inch New Yorker, with tuck-away folding panels on each end ($550).
From the 2007 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).