Big-box bookstores may have conquered New York, but there is one independent palace of books that didn't get the memo. For nearly 50 years, Rizzoli Bookstore has captured the imaginations of bibliophiles with its sophisticated and stunning Old-World charm along with a drool-worthy collection of coffee-table books that Rizzoli, the Italian publisher, is known for.
On any given day, this place is buzzing with browsers. According to Raphael Pallais, chef concierge of The Plaza, when his guests are looking for a title from abroad, Rizzoli is the first place he finds it.
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