- Augustine Jochec
1597 York Avenue, near 84th Street, 212-517-3287
Baccarat, Lalique, and Bernardaud trust Augustine Jochec to repair their most precious possessions. Jochec, who learned the trade at 16 in his native Czechoslovakia, will take your cracked, chipped, and scratched glassware and restore it to its former glory. Short of a total disaster, Gus (as he’s known) can salvage pretty much anything, including glass sculptures, cut crystal, and small mirrors. Prices start at $20 for a chipped glass and $80 for a cracked vase. Jochec won’t be rushed—he spent a year repairing an eighteenth-century chandelier—but most work takes less than two weeks.
Best Glass Restoration
From the 2003 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).