Upper West Side
at W.67th St.
Upper East Side
1217-1220 Third Ave.
at E.70th St.
45 W. 25th Street
at 6th Avenue
With stores on the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, and Chelsea, these housewares stores offer nearly everything you need to outfit your kitchen, decorate, and fix and equip a New York apartment.
Unlike the big national chains that have given them some competition on both price and selection, Gracious Home still has an experienced staff that actually know how to fix things and use the things they sell. In addition to having an excellent kitchen department including All Clad cookware, Wusthof knives and scores of gadgets, they have a very extensive hardware departments and selection of cleaning products. So if you've just been given your first piece of silver and don't know how to take care of it, or if someone put a gouge in your wood parquet floor, this is a good place to get advice.
What to avoid:
This is not the place to buy a flat screen TV, even though they sell them, because you'll get a better price elsewhere.
What to know:
The store can repair many small appliances, they sharpen knives, re-wire lamps, and provide many other services considered old fashioned or obsolete by the "big box" national chains. And while you might assume their prices are higher, you may be very wrong (except for those flat screen TVs) so check before you automatically shop elsewhere.
The Chelsea store on West 25th Street primarily sells decorative hardware, decorative plumbing, and lighting. The Upper West Side and Upper East Side stores are fully stocked.