110 E. 13th St., nr. Fourth Ave.; 212-673-8400;
The go-to for both the pro whose Canon DSLR needs a new sensor and the cruise-ship passenger, in town for a few hours, who needs to get a filter unstuck. Phototech turns around most repairs in three to seven days (a rush fee of $30 speeds this to 24 to 48 hours). Minor fixes start at $25; overhauls and serious repairs run $95 to 400-plus.
- NYC iPod Doctor
Demetrios Leontaris repairs not only iPods but also iPads and most smartphones. He makes house calls, and cures a lot on the spot: You can shatter your phone on the way to work and have it fixed that day, barely leaving your desk. Water damage runs $79 and up; screen repairs start at $59 for iPhones and $129 for iPads.
- Cosmophonic Sound
1628 First Ave., nr. 85th St.; 212-734-0459
Cosmophonic isn’t the cheapest around, but for repairing a $4,000 amplifier, quality trumps price. They’re factory-authorized by Marantz, Infinity, JBL, and Harman/Kardon, do most jobs within a week, and offer home service. Best of all, if you bring in a burnt-out item that’s not worth fixing, they’ll tell you.
- Hi-Tech Electronics
47 Canal St., nr. Ludlow St.; 212-219-3794
Keeping lots of parts in stock allows High-Tech Electronics to repair most major-brand TVs in two to three days. They never charge for estimates; they’ve been known to do the really small jobs for free; and they’ll pay house calls on customers who live nearby, which is a big deal when you’re talking about hauling in a 52-inch TV.
When the Beeping Stops
You spent way too much on that electronic gizmo to just toss it—but does anyone fix these things?
From the 2012 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).