- Clyde’s on Madison
926 Madison Ave., 212-988-8508
Clyde’s manages to be both high-end and unassuming. It’s stocked to the ceiling with pricey European and American cosmetics, skin-care products, and irresistible accessories displayed with all the retail romance of your corner drugstore—which somehow adds conviction to the selection. You’ll find Colgate next to brands like Decléor, Mustela, and Rigaud, and it’s one of the only outlets for the cult French sunblock Anthelios in 60 SPF. Refreshingly nonaggressive personal shoppers are available if you do need help telling your Restylane from your Retin-A.
Best Bath Supply
From the 2006 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).