New York City Bookshops

Favorite Bookshops: New York City

Home to an amazing variety of bookshops, New York City has animal-themed and mystery specialty bookshops, one that trades used books for pickles and another that boasts 18 miles of books. Our guide to the diversity of New York City's wonderful and eclectic bookstores.

1. Argosy


New York's oldest, family-run bookstore founded in 1925.

New York Store 116 E 59th Street, New York, NY 10022, USA

2. Sweet Pickle Books

Books Food

A Lower East Side bookshop that sells secondhand books and pickles.

New York Store 47 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002, USA

3. Albertine


A French and English language bookstore in a landmark gilded-age mansion.

New York Store 972 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10075, USA

4. The Center For Fiction

Books Stationery Coffee

Independent bookshop offering writer's workshops, reading groups, story time, and events.

Brooklyn Store 15 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA

5. McNally Jackson

Books Stationery Coffee

An independent bookstore with five New York City locations.

Seaport Store

Williamsburg Store

SoHo Store

Downtown Brooklyn Store

Rockefeller Center Store

6. Word


An independent community bookstore with shops in Brooklyn and Jersey City.

Brooklyn Store 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA

7. 192 Books


A bookstore with a curated selection of fiction and non-fiction titles.

New York Store 192 10th Avenue, Chelsea, New York, NY 10011, USA

8. Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks


Bookstore specializing in out-of-print and antiquarian cookbooks.

New York Store 28 East 2nd Street, East Village, New York, NY 10003, USA

9. Pillow-Cat Books


The first and only animal-themed bookshop in New York City.

New York Store 328 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10003, USA

10. Books Are Magic


Best-selling author owned independent bookshop with two Brooklyn locations.

Cobble Hill Store 225 Smith Street, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, NY 11231, USA

Brooklyn Heights Store 122 Montague Street, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

11. Mast Books


Bookshop and gallery space featuring a rotating selection of rare and out-of-print titles.

New York Store 72 Avenue A, East Village, New York, NY 10009, USA

12. Kitchen Arts & Letters


A bookshop specializing in books on food and drink, cookbooks, food history and culture.

New York Store 1435 Lexington Avenue, Upper East Side, New York, NY 10128, USA

13. P&T Knitwear

Books Coffee

A family-owned independent bookstore, podcast studio, event space, and cafe.

New York Store 180 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002, USA

14. Quimby's Bookstore NYC

Magazine Books

A bookshop specializing in zines, small press publications, and alternative magazines.

New York Store 536 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA

15. Three Lives & Company


An iconic West Village corner bookshop established in 1978.

New York Store 154 West 10th Street, West Village, New York, NY 10014, USA

16. The Corner Bookstore


A selection of current fiction and non-fiction books housed in a restored 1920's interior.

New York Store 1313 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10128, USA

17. The Mysterious Bookshop


Founded in 1979 the world's oldest mystery specialty bookstore.

New York Store 58 Warren Street, Tribeca, New York, NY 10007, USA

18. Codex


Colorful bookshop featuring literary fiction and art books.

New York Store 1 Bleecker Street, NoHo, New York, NY 10012, USA

19. Left Bank Books


A used and rare bookshop specializing in literature and the arts.

New York Store 41 Perry Street, West Village, New York, NY 10014, USA

20. Mercer Street Books

Books Record

Independent bookshop and record store established in 1990

New York Store 206 Mercer Street, Greenwich Village, New York, NY 10012, USA

21. Village Works

Books Art

New York City bookshop and gallery celebrating NYC art and culture.

New York Store

22. Westsider Rare & Used Books


New York rare and secondhand bookstore established in 1984.

New York Store 2246 Broadway, Upper West Side, New York, NY 10024, USA