10. McNally Jackson, a Thriving Independent Chain

McNally Jackson has been a staple in SoHo since 2008, and just opened a new location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn earlier this year. The bookstore has a large selection of titles and merchandise, but it is the cafe that really sets the store apart. The fully-fledged cafe attached to the store attracts customers that inevitably become book browsers.

The McNally Jackson website even sells their books available for delivery, in an effort to compete with giants like Amazon and Barnes and Noble online retail sites. Lastly, McNally Jackson has also extended to stationary; there are now two locations for McNally Jackson’s “Goods for the Study” stationary store. The stationary branch sells notebooks, pens, office accessories, and furniture.

Next, full a more exhaustive list of NYC’s independent bookstores, head here. Also check out Cafe Con Libros is a Feminist Coffee Shop & Bookstore in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and 10 of NYC’s Most Quirky Themed Bookstores.