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.
“I want a handcrafted cutting board.” —Alex Nguyen, student/writer
“I would say an Eames Elephant Stool. They’re so cute.” —Wei Chen, fashion designer
“A rice cooker, for making sushi for my family and friends.” — Jelma, lawyer
“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
“It would be cool to have a big dining-room table so I could have my friends over for dinner parties. Maybe a combination of wood and steel.” —Robert-Jan, lawyer
“A black satin clutch from the Row with this long tassel. I could never afford it. I particularly like the tassel, and it would be great for holiday season.” —Serena, fashion designer
“I want spray paint so I can paint my bike. I want to paint it a dark blue.” —Jake Leonard, restaurant host
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