Politics is one of those topics you're not supposed to discuss over the dinner table, but Fishs Eddy has coffee mugs and dishes that will let you make a statement without making a sound.
The Flatiron dish shop (china is too fussy a term for their fun, restaurant-quality pieces) is perhaps best known for its whimsical New York City skyline pattern, but they've also been plating up politics for years. Whether you want to have a perfectly themed Election Day party or just share your morning coffee with your favorite candidate, husband-and-wife team Julie Gaines and Dave Lenovitz have you covered -- with quality stuff that will outlast Nov. 8 and your dishwasher."It’s not novelty -- it’s really restaurant ware. It’s usable," Gaines said. "It’s really great stuff, it’s not just souvenirs."
And this election season, it's appealing beyond a niche audience.
"We’re seeing so much interest that we’re on the verge of supporting Donald Trump -- we don’t want him to go away," Gaines said, before quickly adding, "I’m kidding. I’m totally kidding."
The dishes -- and the owner -- might not be quite nonpartisan, but chances are something in the collection will make you smirk, whatever your political persuasion.
Visit them in person at 889 Broadway (at 19th Street), check out the store's stock online and see a few of our favorites below.
The Notorious RBG
"We've always been political, but we ramped it up when we did a Ruth Bader Ginsburg mug," Gaines said. "People just loved it so much." This mug can be yours for $13.95. (Credit: Fishs Eddy)
Not throwing away these shots
If only Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr had settled their differences over drinks instead of over pistols... but then we might not have the acclaimed musical, or these shot glasses, which cost $14.95.
"We went to see 'Hamilton' and by intermission we knew we were going to do dueling shots," Gaines said.(Credit: Fishs Eddy)
This mug set, which costs $28.95, notes the historic nature of Hillary Clinton's candidacy -- if she wins, Bill Clinton will become "first first man." (Credit: Fishs Eddy)
Not so huge
And then there's the $10.95 Donald Trump mug. Well, it's not quite a mug -- it's a demitasse cup, which is considerably smaller than a mug but is sure to make one's hands appear larger. The bottom notes it was "proudly made in Mexico by Mexicans." (Credit: Fishs Eddy)
For your records
Trump might want to take a close look at this sushi dish -- it features an image of President Barack Obama's birth certificate and costs $24.95. "Best sushi dish ever," Gaines said. (Credit: Fishs Eddy)
Democrats versus Republicans
If just one politician per mug is not enough for you, you can wake up with a whole bunch of politicians. Pick your poison -- each mug costs $13.95. (Credit: Fishs Eddy)
If you spend your coffee breaks daydreaming about breaking up the big banks, this mug, at $13.95, is for you. (Credit: Fishs Eddy)
He cannot tell a lie
Let Honest Abe fact-check the next debate with this mug, which costs $14.95. We won't tell anyone if you use it to drink something stronger than coffee. (Credit: Fishs Eddy)
Bull Moose 2016
Sick of Democrats and Republicans this year? Support Teddy Roosevelt's Bull Moose party with a mug ($21.95) or a dish towel (13.95) and Make America Wrestle Bears Again. (Credit: Fishs Eddy)