22 Cortlandt St., nr. Church St. 212-227-9092
The service is spotty, the tourists maddening, and the vibe hair-tearingly hectic, but if you want a handful of cheap leather belts, Century 21 always comes through. The selection is extensive—European labels like Missoni, Zegna, and Versace and domestic names like DKNY and Calvin Klein—and the prices top out at $60 (though most belts hover near $20). The racks are replenished daily, so there’s no best time to shop. But Century mavens know to get there early (the store opens at 7:45 a.m. on weekdays) in order to beat out the Gray Line mobs. From the north (Day Street) entrance, make a beeline for the denim section on the main floor; the belt racks come next on your left.
Best Men’s Belts
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).