Top Choice Books in West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

Strand Book Store

Book fiends (or even those who have casually skimmed one or two) shouldn’t miss New York’s most loved and famous bookstore. In operation since 1927, the Strand sells new, used and rare titles, spreading an incredibl…
Books in East Village & Lower East Side

St Mark’s Bookshop

No longer on St Marks Pl (having moved several times over the years), this tiny bookshop specializes in political literature, poetry, new nonfiction, novels and academic journals.
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 homeless communities), this creaky hideaway is a…
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. The in-store cafe is a fine spot to settle in with some r…
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 West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

192 Books

Located right in the gallery district is this small indie bookstore, with sections on fiction, history, travel, art and criticism. Its rotating art exhibits are a special treat, during which the owners organize spec…
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 West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

Forbidden Planet

Indulge your inner sci-fi and fantasy nerd with heaps of comics, manga, graphic novels, posters and figurines ranging from Star Trek to Doctor Who. Stop in, or check the website for upcoming book signings and other …
Books in East Village & Lower East Side


This independent bookstore, which first opened with a lesbian bent, has now expanded its turf to encompass a wide range of topics, including feminism, globalism and African American studies. It’s also the site of a …
Books in Upper East Side

Shakespeare & Co

No relation to the Paris seller, this popular New York bookstore is one of the city’s great indie options, and a much-loved spot among Hunter College students. You’ll find a wide array of contemporary fiction and no…