Unlike David's Bridal, which I have nothing against because it serves a very practical purpose for soon to be brides on a budget, RK Bridal carries quite a few of the better known bridal and party gown brands. Not quite couture, but some well known names, none-the-less. Names you would definitely recognize if you've been pouring through a few hundred million bride and wedding magazines recently, like I have. Some names include Da Vinci, La Sposa, Impressions, Mori Lee, Mikaella and Paloma Blanca to name a few.
Unlike Kleinfeld's and most department stores, you don't need an appointment to try on gowns. In fact, you can try on up to 7 gowns at time. If there's a style or brand you're looking for that you can't find they can search for it. If you are bringing a big group of bridesmaids to accompany you, then maybe as a courtesy, you can call to make an appointment. Oh and YES, they do carry bridesmaids gowns as well.
I know you're a sharp skilled bride-to-be, so keep in mind, when you decide to do some online research about RK Bridal prior to going there, their website is not too savvy looking and you might have to sort through a few gowns that one might qualify as um, "ugly" before you find that one gown that is JUST GORGEOUS! Give them a try, you might be surprised. Happy hunting ladies!
Store hours: Mon-Fri 11:oo-7:00, Saturday 9:30-3:30. Phone 212-947-1155.
Above photos: Maggie Sottero, WAtters & Watters