The optical team at Eyeglass Factory on Broadway adheres to the protocols of founder Sandy Wong, who eschewed the sale of egregious add-ons and gimmicky frames for simple, stylish eyewear. They manifest this vision with a collection of chic and traditional frames and sunglasses from such designers as Hugo Boss, Coach, Gucci, and Vera Wang, which house scratch-resistant and progressive lenses. The team also augments eyesight with single vision, bifocal, and multi-focal contact lenses.
Located on the Upper East Side, this family of third generation opticians have helped customers from Russia to New York since 1964. As profiled in Time Out New York, Elijah Peters now carries on the family tradition by importing specs from around the world. Inside his 538-square-foot boutique, an eclectic selection of designer frames from Gucci, Tom Ford, Alain Mikli, and Tory Burch line shelves illuminated by LED lights. Eli and his staff fill these empty frames with coated lenses that defend eyes against UV-rays, scratches, and inaccurate fortune-cookie predictions.
More than 80 years ago, Jack Cohen started selling designer eyewear from a pushcart on Orchard Street. After eight decades, that cart has expanded into more than 100 storefronts whose frames runt the gamut from budget-friendly styles to designer specs from Versace, Fendi, and Calvin Klein. The expert staff helps clients match their glasses to their face shapes and lifestyles. Meanwhile, onsite optometrists dole out prescriptions and screen eyes for diseases such as glaucoma and cat cataracts, which make you only see cats.