754 Fifth Avenue, at 57th Street
There is something for everyone on Bergdorf Goodman's seventh floor whether you're a strict minimalist or consider Mario Buatta your personal style icon. We counted no fewer than 100 china patterns, scores of flatware sets in both stainless steel and sterling silver, a good selection of hotel silver, even a section best described as "French country." Plus, there's an entire skylit room with everything contemporary (from Jonathan Adler ceramics to Salviati glassware) for you modernists.
Crate & Barrel
650 Madison Avenue, at 58th Street
GREAT DEAL: Ninety-five thousand brides can't be wrong. That's how many register at Crate & Barrel every year. If you like classic shapes in (mostly) neutral colors and with a modern edge, you can choose from 40 flatware and 50 dinnerware patterns in porcelain, china, stoneware, and earthenware. But that's not all. The Basics section (in the back of the store) features everyday dishes as well as bright and trendy seasonal items.