Best Tableware
Bergdorf Goodman
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.