Hey, Four-Eyes! Where to Buy Glasses in NYC

Hey, Four-Eyes! Where to Buy Glasses in NYC

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Below, find 17 of the city's best shops for eyeglasses, from single-brand boutiques to old-school optician shops.

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    The Lower East Side store has been a cool-kid staple for a century, and it just celebrated its 100th anniversary this year with an all-new vintage-inspired collection. Most frames stay under $300 and reference styles that wouldn’t look out of place when the store originally opened. [Photo]
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    See’s new Boerum Hill location offers Brooklynites frames that are a bit louder than Warby Parker’s, but at not too much more of the cost. [Photo]
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    After opening near the Bowery two years ago, the French brand made its Brooklyn debut last month. Known for unabashedly bold frames, Anne et Valentin's newest store also provides plenty of cozy seating that'll likely induce apartment envy. [Photo]
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    The Italian (duh) eyewear brand’s first and only US store (opened this November) includes look-at-me styles like velvet, denim, and glittery frames, as well as a collab with the Blonde Salad blogger Chiara Ferragni. Bonus: There’s a mini Fiat 500 parked inside the store. [Photo]
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    As one of the West Village’s best eyewear boutiques, Surreal carries new and vintage frames from lesser-known international brands you won’t find elsewhere, as well as its own house label. Those looking to differentiate themselves from the Warby Parker-ed masses can even work with the staff to design a custom pair. [Photo]
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    The Japanese-based shop, established here in 2000, only carries its own lines of handcrafted frames that can get a little pricey for the average shopper, but the number on the tag is offset by the cool factor you earn just by wearing them. [Photo]
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    This German eyewear brand offers unisex frames in its modern-industrial Crosby Street shop. Prices start at $400 and go up to $2,000 (excluding prescription lenses), so consider these investment glasses. Look out for the label’s frequent collaborations—current guest designers include Maison Margiela and Damir Doma. [Photo]
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    The popular Los Angeles-based eyewear shop only just made its way to our city in recent months, and the celeb-favored frames are right at home in 900 square feet on Lafayette Street, adding to Soho's already incredible existing range of eyeglasses shops. [Photo]
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    This Williamsburg optical shop specializes in vintage frames and eyewear by independent labels like RVS, Illesteva, and Westward Leaning. The space is clean and minimal, and glasses are displayed so that they appear to be floating in front of an exposed brick wall. [Photo]
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    When this East Village boutique first opened in 1989, it was widely considered one of the first stores in the city to bring an element of fashion to glasses. And 26 years later, it's still serving the neighborhood with frame styles that creep to the edge of too cool—not to mention keeping up a good window display. [Photo]
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    The newest location of the previously online-only brand is also its most beautiful. The two-story former drugstore boasts two eye exam stations, a reading nook, and tons of original details. [Photo: Driely S.]
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