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Friedrich's Optik

480 Park Ave., New York, NY 10022 40.762362 -73.970369
nr. 58th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-688-5531 Send to Phone

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Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10:30am-5pm; Sun, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6 at 59th St.; N, Q, R at Lexington Ave.-59th St.

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American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Product Guide


  • Eyewear


Friedrich’s stocks hundreds of classic styles in more than 300 colors, mostly from its own line. But the company is really known for its buffalo-horn frames, which are hand-made in Germany. Owner Friedrich Paulick’s daughter Brigitte runs the Park Avenue store. I asked Brigitte about the difference between plastic and horn. “Would you rather wear plastic or leather shoes?” she said. “Cotton or polyester shirts? It’s a natural material that lasts longer if you take proper care of it. I’d never wear anything else.” Quality comes at a price, of course. Prescriptions can be handled the same day if the lenses are in stock, or within four days if not. I’ve returned to Friedrich’s several times to test-drive a gorgeous pair of horn glasses that cost as much as an iBook (sadly, no sales). They’re a tough commitment to make. But if I do, these beauties are guaranteed to see the light of day.