Saks Fifth Avenue
(Photo: Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue)
Bag Big Name Brands
Plow through the Bway, the aptly named, crowded main-floor arcade that feels like Times Square on Saturday, and hit the second floor for trendy, well-priced American brands. Bloomingdale’s also carries all the requisite big-name designer labels and houses an extensive selection of lingerie. The Soho location caters to a younger, hipper crowd.
1000 Third Ave., at 59th St.; 212-705-2000. 504 Broadway, nr. Spring St.; 212-729-5900; bloomingdales.com.
Because You Can Afford to Look Fabulous
Barneys New York
Anyone worth her Manolos will tell you that Barneys’s Madison Avenue flagship is the final word in edgy designer fashion. The lower floors house sophisticated, expensive items like Prada suits; in the upstairs Co-op department, you’ll find rag & bone jeans, Alexander Wang dresses, and oversize Helmut Lang tees.
660 Madison Ave., nr. 61st St.; 212-826-8900; barneys.com.
The home of department-store designer leftovers that are at leastand often far more than40 percent off. You’ll find everything from Hanes to Helmut Lang for men and women. The linen-department deals are even more incredible.
22 Cortlandt St., nr. Broadway; 212-227-9092; c21stores.com,
Shop for the Home
Restoration Hardware Outlet
Buy luxury home furnishings without going broke at this massive discount warehouse. The 20,700-square-foot space at Sky View Center features the brand’s timeless furniture, lighting, textiles, bathware, and outdoor and garden wares, all at significantly reduced prices.
131-07 40th Rd., nr. College Point Blvd., Suite C-305, Queens; 718-353-4303; restorationhardware.com.
Make a Playdate
American Girl Place
The 43,000-square-foot behemoth is home to a full line of eighteen-inch historical dolls (dressed in period clothes), a café, a bookstore, and a photo studio that brings the dolls’ characters to life.
609 Fifth Ave., nr. 49th St.; 877-247-5223; americangirl.com.
For the Tech-Savvy
The two-story space boasts a showstopping glass staircase and a translucent walkway that glimmers in the sunshine flooding in from skylights. Test-drive everything in sight (iPads, MacBooks, software), play stump-the-tech-experts at the Genius Bar upstairs, or sit in on the free daily instructional seminars.
103 Prince St., nr. Greene St.; 212-226-3126.
Explore the Downtown Crowd-Pleaser
This onetime artists’ mecca has since morphed into the city’s poshest outdoor mall. Cobblestoned streets and loftlike spaces make the neighborhood a prettier spot for shopping than the average galleria, but do expect seemingly impenetrable throngs on your way from Vince to Barney’s Co-op.
W. Houston St. to Canal St.; Broadway to Sixth Ave.
Return of a Classic
In 1862, German immigrant Frederick August Otto Schwarz began supplying New York society with Europe’s finest toys. Today you’ll find a smattering of ultra-high-end goods and an array of stuffed animals, dolls, train sets, blocks, board games, and even candy.
767 Fifth Ave.; nr. 58th St.; 212-644-9400; fao.com.
While You Wait
Grand Central Terminal
Looking for authentic New York cheesecake? You don’t need to trek out to Brooklyn. This spectacularly restored