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Best of New York 2009 • Shopping

Best Used Bookstore

  • Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks

    163 W. 10th St., nr. Seventh Ave. 212-989-8962

    The Strand has inventory, Housing Works has a café, and Brooklyn’s Freebird has charm. But for the pleasure of an afternoon lost in browsing, Slotnick’s quiet little shop is unsurpassed. The single focus on cookbooks is both relaxing (no Attention Deficit Disorder) and stimulating (suddenly, making bread from scratch seems a great idea!). You might leave with an original edition of the Larousse Gastronomique, and you’ll definitely leave hungry.

From the 2009 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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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).