Glasses for the masses
March 6, 2007 9:14 AM   Subscribe

Where should I go to buy cool glasses (optical, not beverage) in NYC without breaking the bank?
posted by sonofslim to Shopping (8 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Fabulous Fanny's.
posted by ottereroticist at 9:24 AM on March 6, 2007 [1 favorite]

Second item here (Bklyn), or last item here. I've checked out the second one (Chelsee Eyes) and was underwhelmed with their selection / service, so I didn't end up buying.
posted by allkindsoftime at 9:26 AM on March 6, 2007

Eyeglass stores are for suckers! I bought my last pair from, but there are tonnes of discount online retailers out there. I'll never buy from a store again!
posted by loiseau at 10:11 AM on March 6, 2007 [2 favorites]

I was also underwhelmed by Chelsee Eyes.

I went to this place in Gravesend, Brooklyn, CoolFrames, at 2907 Ocean Avenue, for my Alain Mikli frames. You can also check out their website to get an idea at Their store is really small, however; it shares space with a beauty parlor. I had to place an order, try them on, and then buy them.
posted by beautiful at 10:15 AM on March 6, 2007 [1 favorite]

there are a couple of places in chinatown that will make you glasses in tons of styles on the super-cheap (i think they start at 20 bucks).

more info at gothamist
posted by kneelconqueso at 10:25 AM on March 6, 2007

I've gone to Unique Eyewear for years. Good selection, good service and excellent prices. The downside is crowding, no place to sit down and no stroking from the staff. If you are capable of picking out frames for yourself, there's no better place.

They're open on Saturday mornings, too.
posted by KRS at 12:53 PM on March 6, 2007

Might break the bank, but the O Store in SoHo would be a great place to grab killer specs. Its Oakley's NYC store and they have in stock the full collection of prescription eyewear for you to try on.
posted by wile e at 1:55 PM on March 6, 2007

no idea about in NYC specifically, but my partner really likes the glasses I got at LensCrafters last fall.

(to clarify: i have no idea about what looks good on me or doesn't, but she really likes these.)
posted by FlyingMonkey at 8:50 PM on March 6, 2007

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