11 Christopher St., nr. Sixth Ave. 212-620-5430
All Scandinavia, all the time. But at this airy store, that doesn’t mean a relentless onslaught of everything Marimekko; Hus is the kind of place that inevitably has something delightful and not that expensive for the home or the closet (or the last-minute birthday party). Well-known brands (Orrefors crystal) sit alongside designers you’ve probably never heard of and might not be able to pronounce. There are handsome watches from Ezteem (from $495), anti-wrinkle creams from Ole Henriksen (starting at $22), and chunky shark-tooth necklaces on a thick Run-DMC–esque chain from Cornelia ($200). You can also get Filippa K. dresses, Tiger of Sweden’s cool sportswear, J. Lindeberg sweaters for men, and Tretorn’s excellent rain boots for both genders, plus clever, whimsical kids’ toys.
Best Browser’s Delight
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).