- Creel and Gow
131 E. 70th St., nr Lexington Ave.; 212-327-4281
Whether you’re in the market for a $15,000 stuffed lion or a $20 pewter wishbone, Creel and Gow has the uptown natural-wonders market cornered. Globe-trotting partners Christopher Gow and Jamie Creel travel from Mongolia to Mozambique seeking ephemera and antiques and commissioning artisans to create nature-inspired décor. Located on the ground floor of a stately Upper East Side townhouse, the shop features several rooms, each dimly lit and meticulously merchandised so as to feel like a cross between a decorative-arts display at the Met and the drawing room of a European heir with a “von” in his surname. Like Soho stalwart Evolution, it’s worth making the trip just to ogle some of the more outlandish wares—including a $30,000 model of the Royal Pavilion fashioned from matchsticks.
From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
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).