Gringer and Sons
All the big-box stores match prices, but first you have to find that better deal. At Gringer, a top-of-the-line GE stainless-steel range goes for $1,875 ($2,299 at Sears), with delivery included.
29 First Ave., nr. 1st St.; 212-475-0600
Bowery Kitchen Supplies
This caterer to the restaurant trade offers good deals on mid-priced lines like Sanelli, an Italian brand with ergonomic handles, and Messermeister, a German line. Mixed-steel chef’s knives that sharpen easily run from $24 to $55. If you’re looking for the high end, get Masahiro knives from Japan (a seven-inch chef’s knife sells for $129).
88 Tenth Ave., at Chelsea Market; 212-376-4982
COFFEE BY THE POUND
Convenience aside, this is also the city’s best price per pound on whole beans; French roast is $5.49, about 50 cents less than at Zabar’s, Porto Rico Importing Co., and Fairway. Of course, it also requires a $40 minimum order for delivery. New Jersey–based Coffee Bean Direct (coffeebeandirect.com) is the real bargain, though; a five-pound bag of French roast is $17.65 ($3.53 per pound); even with the $7 delivery fee, that’s still only $4.93 per pound.
It’s not always the cheapest, although prices are competitive; $69.99 for a 2004 Maclaren Volo stroller beat the online store bestbuybaby.com by $20. And any price differential is incidental in light of Albee’s in-house warranty. The store will fix anything made by a manufacturer it carries (and it carries everything), even if it wasn’t purchased there. If it has the part, repair is free.
715 Amsterdam Ave., at 95th St.; 212-662-8902
PETS AND PET SUPPLIES
Best values on pet services.
Buy Buy Baby
Every imaginable piece of equipment, from disposable nipples (99 cents for a three-pack) to changing pads ($5.99), is present and affordable here. The house clothing line, BB Basics, is an especially good bargain: A five-pack of onesies goes for an unbeatable $7.99.
270 Seventh Ave., at 25th St. 917-344-1555
Cheap, disposable clothing is a smart solution to gigantic growth spurts, and no other chain has as many sparkly racks of tween-pleasing designs for girls and boys; right now, there are racks of flouncy gypsy skirts, peasant tops, and cute accessories. Boys’ Army-green cargos with gold patches ($22.90) will look even sleeker with Oakley-style sunglasses in silver and green for $2.90.
1328 Broadway, at 34th St.; 646-473-1165
Resale shops for never-worn or gently used toddler duds are increasingly hard to find. The inventory here changes daily, but a recent look through the racks offered pieces by Old Navy, Baby Gap, Petit Bateau, Zutano, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, and Baby Dior. A bright-orange-and-pink Oilily dress with flower-shaped buttons was $25; a cozy Bonpoint jumper and brand- new Phat Farm parka were both selling for $20.
96 N. 6th St., nr. White St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-218-7775
Bally Total Fitness
The rock-bottom price for a New York health-club membership is the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation’s $75 annual fee, which covers 28 facilities (see nycgovparks.org). They’re not the most luxurious, but they are clean (unlike the next cheapest, Dolphin Fitness Clubs) and they cover the basics. If you want a more spacious motivational environment, the best deal is Bally Total Fitness; right now, there’s a $0 down, $44 a month (approximately), three-year-membership deal; join with a friend, and he gets a $19.50 monthly deal.
45 E. 55th St., nr. Madison Ave. 212-688-6630