I want to give 2-4 fine crystal, highball glasses as a house-guest present and need to know where to find the best selection of them. I'm in Manhattan, and so my options are fairly broad, but I broach the question here as a sort of generic, continental query: the places I might go boil down to these kinds of store -a) high-end liquor; b) department; c) dedicated housewares. Thus, in my case, the choices are, respectively, a) Park Ave Liquors; Sherry-Lehmann; my local; b) Bloomingdale's, Conran's, et al.; c) ABC; Williams-Sonoma; Crate & Barrel.
Is there one sort among these stores that regularly excels in glassware -factoring in affordability, choice and style? I love good glassware, but've never approached the purchase of it with this sort of diligence.
[NOTE: I can't see spending more than US$ 50 per glass. That said, I can also see readers suggesting brand names ("there's nothing better than 'Riedel'") and I can search for the best prices thereafter, with the understanding that I'm a bricks&mortar supporter at heart.]