by Kimberly Rae Miller
Glasses have come a long way since their horn-rimmed and coke-bottle days.
No longer do glasses signify geekdom; today they are a as much a statement of your sense of style and individuality as the items hanging in your closet.
If it’s time to refill that prescription and you’re wondering where to find the perfect specs, try some of New York’s finest opticians.
118 Orchard St.
New York, NY 10002
This Lower East Side landmark has been designing stylish specs for generations of New Yorkers. The staff is friendly and helpful without being pushy. The prices are seriously reasonable. The style tends to favor the more retro/vintage look.
200 W 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
If you consider yourself more fashion forward you will feel right at home at Maximeyes. They stock the trendiest of glasses and have an amazingly well versed staff that will work wonders in helping you choose the right pair.
104 Grand St
New York, NY 10013
Simple. Classic. Stylish. This Japanese line of eyewear is the epitome of chic. Quite the Zen experience visiting their shop. While their glasses are simple in design they are immaculately fitted to your face, and each pair is hand crafted. Added bonus, their lines are limited, chances are you won’t run into anyone else wearing your eyewear.
Park Slope Eye
682 Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Brooklynites rejoice! This little gem of an optical shop is centered in the upscale neighborhood of Park Slope. Their stock of eyewear is standard issue designer frames ranging from affordable to less-than-cheap. What sets this shop apart from its brethren is the service involved. The shop prides itself on creating a welcoming environment, in and outside the doctor’s chair. If getting your eyes examined sends shivers down your spine, this place will be gentle with you, and even serve you tasty beverages.
117 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013
Don’t be fooled by the name DisRespectacles is quite respecting of you and your peepers. This Tribeca eyewear shop comes complete with an Ophthalmologist on premises, the latest in designer spectacles, and a collection of vintage glasses dating all the way back to the 19th Century.