New York City has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some of the city's shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our island (and beyond) that we might not all know about. Cue The Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
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You might think the owner of online boutique Always Never would want to talk clothes, but Peter Nguyen sounds a lot more excited about knives. His recommendation is Tribeca shop Korin, a specialty store that houses Japanese cutlery and tableware. Some have said that Korin has the most extensive collection of Japanese chef knives anywhere on the globe (even including Japanese stores). Whether or not that's true, the shop also has rare natural sharpening stones and engraving services, which should get any cooking connoisseur excited about spending more time in the kitchen.—Yale Breslin
One of my favorite shops that I recently discovered is a Japanese knife store called Korin in Tribeca. I have an obsession with kitchenware and just picked up a grill called a konro for this summer. But their real specialty are knives. They're the go-to spot for professional chefs, and carry everything from $100 chef knives for the home cook to $5000 professional sashimi knives. The intricate patterns on the blades and the choice of handles are just beautiful and are worth the visit even if you don't plan to buy any. Korin also does knife sharpening, custom engraving and private knife sharpening lessons as well.· Korin [Official Site]
· Always Never [Official Site]