McNally Jackson Books
Address: 52 Prince St.
There are a handful of independent bookstores in NYC, but McNally Jackson still manages to set itself apart. The shop's selection is extensive, yet easy to navigate, making it one of those rare places where hours seem to slip away in minutes. The cozy room downstairs is frequently used to hold engaging talks, like Joyce Johnson's upcoming look into how Jack Kerouac's work is interpreted "Whose On The Road is it anyway?" Their cafe, which is plastered with old book pages, serves a serious cafe au lait, and is a great way to kill time while you're waiting for your book to print. Yes, they print public domain books on demand while you wait with their shiny Espresso Book Machine. We told you this was the best bookstore in the city, didn't we? -Shanté Cosme