Sur la Table
306 W. 57th Street
At 8th Avenue
Upper East Side
1320 3rd Avenue
Between E. 75th/76th Streets
An upscale and well-stocked cookware, kitchen tool and tabletop retailer that's part of a national chain. Please don't hold that against them as they have many of the best national brands and a wide selection of high quality and very useful items. And many beautiful things, too. Not a discount store but not more expensive than anywhere else.
They have nearly every gadget you may be looking for and probably more than one type of each. Beautiful French ovens and other cast iron cookware. The store's website can give you a preview of what's in the store and what things cost. If you get on their mailing list you can benefit from their frequent sales and special offers, some of which include significant discounts.
What to avoid:
On basic tools and pots, pans and bakeware you can almost always do better on price somewhere else.
What to know:
This is a perfect place to shop for gifts for friends either setting up a kitchen or adding to what they already have. If the recipient already has it, they are certain to find something else here that they would love to have. The store on West 57th Street has cooking classes which can be excellent, especially for new cooks.