Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, 11am-7pm
N, R, W at 23rd St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The actual hardware at Restoration Hardware can be hard to find among displays set with overstuffed couches, patio furniture, throw pillows, and the occasional odd bit of kitsch, like croquet sets and old-style turntables. But the high-end hooks, curtain rods, and knobs—in au courant finishes like brushed nickel and shiny chrome—along with hotel-style towel racks and myriad bathroom fittings, are worth the search. The chain shares a certain aesthetic territory with Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn, leavened with a little whimsy, like he-man shaped towel knobs. Bedding and bath collections stick to safe, season-proof colors such as white, apricot, and navy, and crisp, simple designs, and pretty window treatments include curtains made from lush Thai silk and thick Belgian linen. It's also a source for housewarming gifts that will never offend, like mother-of-pearl picture frames and scented candles. Restoration Hardware will appeal to those who want upscale, tasteful furnishings without having to look too hard. If you're in the market for an old-fashioned radio or a lavender laundry spray, this just might be the place.
For those who like the look of quaint, classy antiques but want something new, this well-stocked store carries all manner of trunks, from $595.