A friend recently moved into a new apartment with a large kitchen, and I'd like to buy her some neat kitchen items for her new place. Besides the usual places like Bed, Bath and Beyond, what are some specialty stores that sell nifty kitchen items? 2005_03_ask_kitchen.jpg

We love kitchen gadgets - even though our kitchen is the size of a postage stamp. We're particularly fond of A Cook's Companion in Brooklyn, on Atlantic Ave. They have a good selection and the staff are really friendly and helpful and the prices are reasonable.

If you're Brooklyn-phobic, you can try Broadway Panhandler in SoHo. If your friend likes to bake, New York Cake and Baking Supply Co. (on W. 22nd st) has all sorts of unusual cake-decorating items. Ask Gothamist's Doug Gordon also recommends Bridge Kitchen.