I was recently able to pop into Manhattan to visit friends and before I left found some time to visit one of my favorite destinations- Pearl River in SoHo (477 Broadway). I could spend half the day browsing around its three full floors of all things Asian. From bottles of Sriracha hot sauce (picked up one of those to save myself a trip to the grocery store) to big turquoise foo dogs (got those too- and got a workout lugging them home!) there's a little something for everyone. And the nice part is that in comparison to most prices in New York, everything at Pearl River Market seems awfully reasonable.
The top floor- larger home furniture items and accessories. Think oversized ginger jars and vases, ceramic garden stools, big foo's, benches, stools, and the like. The third floor is definitely the most serene floor. Not too many tourists make it up there.
A table full of little trinkets and paperweights.
A striking root bench.
Oversized food dogs - perfect for a front porch!
An array of blue and white ginger jars and vases. All HUGE!
Loved this square garden bench- a nice change from the round ones that pop up so frequently (though I love those too!)
Loooooved the metallic gold and silver garden stools.
How fab are these feather placemats and mini coasters? These would be mistaken for cat toys in my house, though. So they stayed at Pearl River.
Trays, trays, trays. All shapes and sizes.
Ok, on to the main (ground) floor. Tons of clothings, slippers, food items, teapots, and other little items. I loved all these silk slippers, and at only $13, they make a great souvenir.
The best part- the basement. Everything ceramic- from vases to figurines to dishes galore- not to mention window coverings, shoes, kitchen items, lucky bamboo, general "Made in China" stuff, and a "pharmacy" that I definitely steered clear of.
Foos in many colors and sizes.
I love the kitchy Maneki Nekko's (Japanese for "Beckoning Cat") like you see in many Japanese restaurants. The right paw up is supposed to attract customers, and the left paw up attracts money.
I found these perforated white vases quite striking.
Are these plates bedecked with horses supposed to be some sort of Hermes riff?
These wicker slippers look so striking out on display- not sure how comfortable they are in real life though!
Lots of lanterns- perfect for a party.
And on an unrelated note, stopped in at MJ Trimming to pick up some leather trim and had to snap a pic of their greek key trim selection. Gorgeous! So many sizes and colors. Though you can get it for 1/3 the price on Ebay.
Have you been to Pearl River? Any favorite things you've gotten there?