One of my favorite memories in New York comes from a particularly warm day in Spring almost two years ago. My great friend and I decided to meet for coffee in Soho, which eventually turned into a spontaneous cupcake trip, laughing on the cobblestones of Crosby street, and ending our adventure with a stop at the Warby Parker showroom.
If you haven't heard of Warby Parker, you're in for a treat. You can "virtually" try on the lenses of your choice, or have a selection shipped to you (where you then ship back the ones that don't suit you). Their moto is "buy a pair, give a pair," which makes me feel immediately better about dropping some dough on a few pairs.
Now for the fun part, Warby Parker recently expanded to a great little spot in the Meatpacking District, decorating their store to reflect the Highline, which is directly across the street. Stop into the Meatpacking or the Soho store for an eye exam, then a little shopping (dare you not to try on every single pair) .
Oh, here's a little insider tip: the books lining the walls, which most people thing are just for decor purposes, are actually available for purchase.
[Warby Parker; 819 Washington Street, Meatpacking District]