Flatiron/Union Square Top Shops & Services

ABC Carpet & Home

Address: 888 Broadway
Phone: 212-473-3000
Website: www.abchome.com

This colossal eight floor space is chock full of everything and anything you could possibly need for the Manhattan home. With an inventory that spans everything from high-Victorian fainting couches to Indonesian opium beds to 600-thread count embroidered bed linens to dazzling chandeliers and, oh yeah, carpets. It's hard not to find something you absolutely must have after a long day's shopping.

ABC Carpet & Rugs Showroom

Address: 881 Broadway
Phone: 212-473-3000
Website: www.abchome.com

No, this is not a repeat listing for ABC at 888 Broadway. Aside from that eight story palace of goods, ABC has a few separate locations for other purposes. This one is devoted just to carpeting and rugs. An absolutely huge selection is available in all types and styles. The presentation may be lacking but service is generally good and the selection can't be beat.

Apartment 48

Address: 48 West 17th Street
Phone: 212-807-1391
Website: www.apartment48.com

With the feel of an actual urban apartment (well, a really tidy, well-decorated one anyway), the accessories and home furnishings displayed in this quintessential design gallery has the feel of a private home. From classic to modern and more modern still, it's worth a trip, if only for inspiration.

Ariston Floral Boutique

Address: 425 Lexington Ave
Phone: 212-867-8880
Website: www.aristonfloralboutique.com

This small florist was rated one of the city's best in a Zagat Survey. Why? They offer a great selection of fresh-cut flowers, and their trained floral designers will customize an arrangement to suit any style or occasion.

Bang & Olufsen

Address: 927 Broadway
Phone: 212-388-9792
Website: www.bang-olufsen.com

The audio equipment from this Danish manufacturer is so artfully designed that there are those who buy it for the look as much as the performance. No need to worry, though, B&O delivers top quality engineering in museum-quality finishings. With many of their designs featured at the MOMA, they also make excellent video gear and telephones as good as they are aesthetically pleasing.

Charles P. Rogers

Address: 55 West 17th Street
Phone: 212-675-4400
Website: www.charlesprogers.com

For over a century, Charles P. Rogers has been the place to go if you like your beds intricate and metal. Custom crafted from wrought iron and brass, there are a few contemporary designs, but most have been crafted the same way for over a century and exemplify pure Victorian style.

Domain

Address: 938 Broadway
Phone: 212-228-7450
Website: domain-home.com

If your idea of the perfect chair is a leather-tufted high back, you've come to the right place. Domain makes traditional pieces that exude the feeling of an exclusive men's club or formal library. And if this location isn't convenient, they also have branches on the upper east and west sides.

Italian Wine Merchants

Address: 108 East 16th Street
Phone: 212-473-2323
Website: italianwinemerchant.com

This store is owned and operated by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, both renowned experts of Italian food and wine. The selection features hard-to-find Italian labels and rare vintages. They also have an elegant party space used for tastings and private parties.

Krups Kitchen and Bath

Address: 11 West 18th Street
Phone: 212-243-5787
Website: www.krupskitchenandbath.com

If you've ever found yourself wondering how a kitchen could cost over $100,000, these folks will show you how. For those who take their cooking seriously, this is the place to buy stainless steel and ceramic-laden appliances, convection ovens, double sinks and more. The staff is not only knowledgeable, but exceedingly courteous and down-to-earth.

Metro Bicycles

Address: 546 Sixth Avenue
Phone: 212-255-5100
Website: www.metrobicycles.com/

The Hudson River esplanade has led many a happy biker to wheel their way from Chelsea to the southern tip of Manhattan. If you are sadly bikeless, help is on the way. Bikes and trikes for dudes and tykes, they've got it all, from the mountain variety to the run-of-the-mill 10-speeder.

Noir et Blanc

Address: 7 West 25th Street
Phone: 212-627-1750
Website: noiretblancbis.com/

No, the clothes at this women's shop aren't all black and white, despite the store's name. Noir carries several different domestic and European lines, including Ghost. They also feature a better than usual selection of scarves, jewelry and other accessories.

Paul Smith

Address: 108 Fifth Avenue
Phone: 212-627-9770
Website: paulsmith.co.uk

Menswear with color. A showcase for items by Brit designer Paul Smith, the approach is to take classic styles and patterns and re-invent them through splashy colors. The result is anything but conservative and dull. If you want to take business dress to an entirely new level, this is your place.

Poggenpohl Kitchen Design Studio

Address: 150 East 58th Street
Phone: 212-355-3666
Website: www.poggenpohl-usa.com

This is the downtown showroom for one of the most esteemed kitchen manufacturers in the world. The oldest name in state-of-the-art European appliances, they set the standard for stellar function and sleek, modern design. Primarily known for their stainless steel models, if you are serious about cooking, a visit to this showroom is de rigueur.

Union Square Wines

Address: 140 4th Avenue
Phone: 212-675-8100
Website: www.unionsquarewines.com

This multi-level wine emporium has an extensive selection of wines from around the world. Don't miss their regular wine tastings.