Walk into Lower East Side restaurant Dimes for brunch, lunch, or dinner any day of the week, and you’ll find a gathered crew of the city’s coolest-of-the-cool skaters, fashion girls, and art students hovered over their spiced quinoa and black-rice bowls. To figure out what the hipper-than-thou person on your holiday gift list wants, we headed there on a recent brunch shift, and asked as many diners as would speak to us (including a surprising amount of lawyers, and an Olympic fencer) what they want.
“A chandelier that’s not too big, and that’s appropriate for a New York City apartment. Something that’s crystal and small, preferably old-fashioned. Clear, glass-looking crystal.” —Janet Johnson, photography agent