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Top Choice Books in West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

Strand Book Store

Beloved and legendary, the iconic Strand embodies downtown NYC's intellectual bona fides – a bibliophile's Oz, where generations of book lovers carrying the store's trademark tote bags happily lose themselves for ho…
Books in SoHo & Chinatown

McNally Jackson

Bustling indie MJ stocks an excellent selection of magazines and books, covering contemporary fiction, food writing, architecture and design, art and history. If you can score a seat, the in-store cafe is a fine spo…
Books in West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

Idlewild Books

Named after JFK Airport’s original moniker, this indie travel bookshop gets feet seriously itchy. Books are divided by region and cover guidebooks as well as fiction, travelogues, history, cookbooks and other stimul…
Books in Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

Books of Wonder

Devoted to children’s and young-adult titles, this wonderful bookstore is a great place to take young ones on a rainy day, especially when a kids’ author is giving a reading or a storyteller is on hand. There’s an i…
Books in Financial District & Lower Manhattan

Mysterious Bookshop

With more crime per square inch than any other corner of the city, this mystery-themed book shop peddles everything from classic espionage and thrillers to contemporary Nordic crime fiction and literary criticism. Y…
Books in Midtown

Drama Book Shop

Nirvana for Broadway fans, this expansive bookstore has taken its theater (both plays and musicals) seriously since 1917. Staffers are good at recommending worthy selections, which also include books on costume, sta…
Books in Upper West Side & Central Park

Book Culture

Drop into this neighborhood bookstore whose warm aesthetic and friendliness belies its size and selection. It caters not only to Upper West Side literary types but to browsers looking for gifts, writers looking to s…
Books in Brooklyn

Powerhouse Books

An important part of Dumbo’s cultural scene, Powerhouse Books hosts changing art exhibitions, book-launch parties and weird and creative events in its 5000-sq-ft space. You’ll also find intriguing books on urban art…
Books in East Village & Lower East Side

Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks

Bonnie, the kindly owner, dotes on her customers, who are searching for the perfect cooking tome. Stocked to the ceiling with shelf after shelf of the best recipes on earth, the shop – bedecked like grandma’s pantry…
Books in SoHo & Chinatown

Housing Works Book Store

Relaxed, earthy and featuring a great selection of secondhand books, vinyl, CDs and DVDs you can buy for a good cause (proceeds go to the city's HIV-positive and AIDS-infected homeless population), this creaky hidea…