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Best of New York 2015 • Shopping

Best of New York 2015

Best Funky Host Gifts

  • Coming Soon

    37 Orchard St., nr. Hester St.; 212-226-4548

    All the perfect-gift shops may seem like they’re on Atlantic Avenue these days (the Primary Essentials, Dry Goods), but co-owners and lovers Helena Barquet and Fabiana Faria are making a case for the lower Lower East Side with their menagerie of standing bowls from Fort Standard (from $110), Auntie Oti indigo blankets ($176), and nobby jadeite tumblers ($15). And where the Brooklyn stores tend to be more earnest in their offerings, Coming Soon has a sense of humor: Score a Hot Girls Eating Pizza calendar ($14), or sip a 75-cent beer from the shop’s vintage Pepsi machine.

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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).