Outpost Extra: New York City Bookstores

Plan your next excavation of modern world literature through New York City with managing editor Michelle Johnson's definitive list of her favorite New York City bookstores.

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192 Books

Opened on May 22, 2003, 192 BOOKS is a general-interest bookstore featuring key works of literature and history, art and criticism, the social and natural sciences, travel and children's books, and more.


Kinokuniya is the largest bookstore chain in Japan with stores dispersed internationally— including this one located in New York.

Asia Society's Shop

AsiaStore has a world-reknowned collection of books with scores of titles on art, culture, politics and religion in Asia.

Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks

Bonnie's book specialties include New York restaurants and food, culinary ephemera, etiquette books, housekeeping manuals, baking books, Jewish cookbooks, restaurant postcards, and handmade greeting cards.

Community Bookstore

The Park Slope Community Bookstore is the premier independent bookstore of the most literary neighborhood in New York City. In operation since 1971, and getting weirder all the time.


Idlewild is an independent Manhattan bookstore specializing in travel and world literature and organized by country; a novel, travelogue or history can be just as valuable a key to a place as any guidebook

Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books specializes in literary first editions (particularly fiction, poetry, drama, and literary non-fiction), photography, art, music, and film, and buys and sells quality used books of all kinds in all categories.