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Tabletop & Kitchenware

John Derian

6 E. 2nd St., nr. Bowery; 212-677-3917;

This home-accessories shop is filled with handmade knickknacks, including Astier de Villatte ceramics and Derian’s famous découpage pieces. Right next door is the John Derian Dry Goods store, which sells antique furniture and hand-stitched bedding that will make your country home feel extra cozy. $$$

Kitchen Couture

5213 13th Ave., at 52nd St., Borough Park; 718-686-8200;

This stylish kitchen emporium introduces a contemporary edge to the act of cooking with high-tech (and sometimes, in the case of a Woll diamond cast-aluminum sauté pan, haute-couture) cooking tools and appliances. The salespeople are often experienced cooks themselves and will come to your home to give a free consultation. $$$

La Terrine

1024 Lexington Ave., at 73rd St.; 280 Columbus Ave., nr. 73rd St.; 212-988-3366;

This bridal-focused tabletop specialty shop has all of the flatware and serving pieces you could ever need, plus accessories and holiday décor. The stock is largely traditional, but fun items like Claude Dozorme’s rainbow-colored steak knives help to spice things up. $$$

The Meadow

523 Hudson St., nr. 10th St.; 503-288-4633;

Salt and pepper aficionados come here for the best in pepper mills and salt dishes. You’ll also find colored salts from around the world, and the Meadow even has blocks of salt fit for cooking and serving on. $$ (ecofriendly)

Michael C. Fina

500 Park Ave., at 59th St.; 800-289-3462;

The inventory of jewelry and china at this mainstay surpasses most department-store offerings in quantity and quality, successfully dipping into current trends without affronting grandma’s delicate sensibilities. $$-$$$

Sur La Table

75 Spring St., at Crosby St. (various locations); 212-966-3375;

The breadth and quality of this chain’s culinary gadgetry—everything from lemon zesters to digital measuring cups—more than balance out its occasional tendency toward kitsch. There’s a top-notch knife selection, and a range of Nespresso machines for those who want their coffee strong and quick. $$

Tarzian West Housewares

194 Seventh Ave., at 2nd St., Park Slope; 718-788-4213;

This store is small and jam-packed but navigable. Top-of-the-line items include All-Clad cookware, Wüsthof knives, retro Waring blenders, and Cuisinart electric ice-cream makers. Tarzian also stocks woven hampers and storage bins. $$

Ted Muehling

52 White St., nr. Broadway; 212-431-3825;

Muehling is a maker of fine jewelry and decorative objects inspired by nature. In addition to his house line, which includes fine porcelain vessels and a sterling-silver tea strainer, he has also collaborated with Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg, E.R. Butler, and the late great Steuben glass company. $$$-$$$$

Tiffany & Company

727 Fifth Ave., at 57th St. (various locations); 212-755-8000;

Entertaining the uptown set? This famed purveyor of bling also boasts a decadent selection of home goods on its fourth floor. Find elegant table-, glass-, flat-, and silverware that runs the gamut from old-world elegance to contemporary chic. $$$


933 Broadway, nr. 22nd St.; 231 Bedford Ave., at N. 4th St., Williamsburg; 212-477-8680;

A carefully edited kitchen store for aesthetically minded foodies, Whisk stocks cast-iron Dutch ovens, Japanese knives, and cocktail provisions. Quirky-cool housewarming gifts include teapots, cake platters, beer-making kits, and a wide selection of ecofriendly wares, many of which are made in Brooklyn. $$ (eco-friendly / made in N.Y.)


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