755 Madison Ave., nr. 65th St.; 212-585-3433
366 W. Broadway, nr. Broome St.; 212-925-5400
It’s been around for years, but Oliver Peoples takes the business of fitting frame to face seriously. The sales staff drills you on the clothes you wear, how tan you get during the summer, and whether there are parts of your face you want to downplay or draw attention to. While you’re answering, they’re watching your hair, face shape, and eyes to ensure they suggest glasses that enhance rather than detract. The handcrafted tortoise Ilsas ($350) are big, chic, and beach-worthy without being obnoxious, while frames like the eighteen-karat-gold, rimless OP-678s ($1,900) seem to float on the face.
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).