The Best of
New York

To find the places recommended on these lists, we polled hundreds of stylish and savvy New Yorkers — set designers, curators, architects, and Scarlett Johansson among them — on their go-to colorists, storage-unit facilities, framers, and various other shops, spots, and services. The result: our own Yellow pages, containing exclusively excellent places.

The Best So Far

best of new york

The Best Tailors in New York

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  • best of new york The Best Tilers Who to call for impeccably tiled floors, walls, and showers.
  • best of new york The Best Tattoo Artists Technically-accurate bats, fake freckles, and the best spot for same-day appointments.
  • best of new york The Best City Landscapers From terrace renovations to edible gardens.
  • best of new york The Best Framers For a 27-foot-long Richard Serra quintych or a photograph in something simple and oak.
  • best of new york The Best Storage Units For the most space for the least money, a few cases of wine, inherited minks, and more.
  • best of new york The Best Hair Removal Services Including the laser-hair-removal studio frequented by several beauty editors and a threader who is a master of the feathery, ’90s-esque brow.
my spots Jahn’s Diner is this old-school diner. The vibes are Twin Peaks almost. They have red-vinyl booths. The windows are stained glass. It’s like stepping into a time capsule. They’re also open 24 hours, so after the bars, you can go there for a burger or a late-night breakfast.  Edgar Gomez’s Favorite Spots in Jackson Heights

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  • best of new york The Best Bike Shops For used wheels, Tour de France–caliber bikes, and more.
  • best of new york The Best Caterers Individual peking-duck buns from Nom Wah Tea Parlor, racks of ribs from Hometown Bar-B-Que, bissap mojitos from Teranga, and more.
  • best of new york The Best Colorists Where to go for Scarlett Johansson’s seasonal highlights, bubblegum-pink buzz cuts, “hot girl” hair, and more.
  • best of new york The Best Exterminators Including Chloë Sevigny’s pest guy.
  • best of new york The Best Florists Where to find bodega roses that will last two weeks, Anna Wintour-approved arrangements, inexpensive marigolds, and more.
  • best of new york The Best Fitness Instructors For $10 pilates, a mind-body workout, “1,000-calorie burn” sessions, and more.
my spots Le Grand Strip has a lot of hot French vintage poster girl, New Wave–babe clothes and jewelry. It’s very glamorous. My most beloved find is a Morgane Le Fay sheer nude chiffon ensemble. When I found it, the owner was like, “You have to have this. This was made for you.” Sometimes things call to you.  Tanaïs’s Favorite Spots in Williamsburg
  • best of new york The Best Homeware Stores Affordable vintage furniture, Japanese gifts, Brimfield-quality quilts, and more.
  • best of new york The Best Housepainters An architect favorite who has been likened to Jackson Pollock, a downtown go-to with a knack for color combinations, and more.
  • best of new york The Best Playgrounds Giant geodesic climbing nets, ravines full of sprinklers, and a variety of slides.
  • best of new york The Best Psychics A palm reading by a psychotherapist, chakra balancing with body treatments, access to your ancestors, and more.
  • best of new york 2021 The Best Therapists We asked 31 notable New Yorkers about their therapists and are publishing their referrals in their own words.
  • best of new york The Best Toy Stores A Harlem fixture owned by a former schoolteacher, the packed-to-the-gills shop in Cobble Hill, and more.
  • best of new york The Best Woodworkers Whether you want a Judd-like plywood bench, a full wall of bookshelves made of rift-cut oak, or just some simple, inexpensive cabinets.
  • best of new york The Best Upholsterers For restoring mid-century chairs, pattern-matching a couch, and more.