50 W. 23rd St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-647-1761
There are nine branches of this magazine and newspaper boutique in Manhattan, but the West 23rd Street location has the most appealing vibe for a Saturday-afternoon pause. It has 6,000 titles in the store, so you can hit pretty much every topic and every country. But it also has floor-to-ceiling windows, so there’s plenty of natural light and small tables at the back. The fact that there’s a café with decent baked goods and coffee to keep your energy level up is tacit recognition of the fact that management knows you’re leafing through that $15.95 French Vogue with no intention to buy. Proximity to the Sixth Avenue big-box stores (Home Depot, Circuit City, etc.) means you can take care of onerous errands after you’ve filled up on international trends.
Best Place to Magazine Browse
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).