No city in the world has more department stores than New York.
Address: 660 Madison Avenue (between East 60th and East 61st streets)
Subway: East 59th Street station (4, 5, or 6 train)
Co-op Upper West Side
Address: 2151 Broadway (between West 75th and West 76th streets)
Subway: West 72nd Street station (1, 2, or 3 train)
Address: 236 West 18th Street (between 7th and 8th avenues)
Subway: West 18th Street station (1 train)
Address: 116 Wooster Street (between Spring and Prince streets)
Subway: Prince Street station (N, R, or W train)
Address: 194 Atlantic Avenue (between Court and Clinton streets)
Subway: Borough Hall station (2, 3, 4, 5, R or N train)
The flagship Madison Avenue Barneys store is full of top-of-the-line men's and women's clothing; the co-op stores sell casual sportswear. The best of the hottest designer lines can be found at Barneys, and prices can be quite high. But the chain also holds sales twice a year that are worth waiting for. The window displays are fabulous. They change frequently and are an attraction unto themselves. Fred's, in the Madison Avenue store, is one of the best in-house restaurants in the city. Barneys is open seven days a week.
Address: 754 5th Avenue (between East 57th and East 58th streets)
Subway: 5th Avenue-59th Street station (N, R, or W train)
Bergdorf is a boutique department store where each designer's shop has its own look and feel. Elegant and trendy, Bergdorf is a very New York experience. The Susan Ciminelli Day Spa on the ninth floor offers facials and treatments that will make you forget you are in a department store in one of the largest cities in the world. The John Barrett Salon in the penthouse, with its international staff of stylists and breathtaking view, is the ne plus ultra of self-pampering (with prices to match). The men's store is located across Fifth Avenue.
There are several excellent in-house restaurants to choose from. Bar III is located in the men's store, and Goodman's and BG are located in the women's store, the latter of which overlooks Central Park and serves an elegant afternoon tea Monday to Friday from 3 P.M. to 5 P.M.
Address: 1000 3rd Avenue (between East 59th and East 60th streets)
Subway: 59th Street station (4, 5, or 6 train) or Lexington Avenue-East 59th Street station (N, R, or W train)
“Bloomie's” is one of the last remaining New York City department stores to occupy an entire city block. If you can see past the glitz and glitter, Bloomingdale's has a tremendous selection of designer clothing for men, women, and children, and sales are run regularly. Personal shoppers are available.
The store has no fewer than five restaurants, including the wonderful Le Train Blu, serving French fare in an authentic small railroad car. The food is good, and the atmosphere is to die for.
Address: West 34th Street (at Herald Square)
Subway: West 34th Street-Herald Square station (B, D, F, N, Q, R, V, or W train)
Macy's in New York calls itself the world's largest department store. Expect to get lost at least twice while navigating your way around this huge place. The main floor is designed in a beautiful marble art deco style, a perfect setting for the fine jewelry and extensive leather departments located on this level. Macy's caters to the mainstream shopper and carries a variety of reasonably priced clothing, though all the top designers can also be found here.
RAINY DAY FUN
Macy's goes all out for major holidays. For the Spring Flower Show, more than two million flowers and topiary from all over the world are arranged in a spectacular display. The Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and the year-end season are times for fireworks, parades, puppet shows, and family events. The world-famous window displays are not to be missed.
Macy's Cellar houses what might be the city's finest collection of cookware, housewares, and gourmet delicacies. Macy's also has three restaurants, including the family friendly Macy's Cellar Bar & Grill, a hair salon, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's gift shop, a post office, and an American Express travel office. The store is open seven days a week.
Address: 712 5th Avenue (between West 55th and West 56th streets)
Subway: 5th Avenue-59th Street station (N, R, or W train), 5th Avenue-53rd Street station (E or V train), or 59th Street station (4, 5, or 6 train)
Phone: 212-247-1100; 1-800-HBENDEL (423-6335)
At Henri Bendel, you will encounter the cutting edge of fashion, with quite a few brand new and only-in-New York designers. Henri Bendel features its own in-house lines of clothing as well as some of the more exclusive designer brands. The prices are very high, as is the quality of the offerings. Henri Bendel is open Monday to Friday 10 A.M. to 8 P.M.; Sunday noon to 7 P.M.
Address: 424 5th Avenue (between West 38th and West 39th streets)
Subway: East 33rd Street station (6 train)
Probably your mother's favorite store in New York City, this is the department store that has always catered to classic tastes. But it is trying hard to appeal to all people, and its look is becoming more contemporary (good gracious, it's showing men with over-sized shorts!) without losing that feel for quality.
Its kid's selection has all the famous names you've come to know and love. You cannot go wrong purchasing Lord & Taylor's signature merchandise, from sleep-wear to French-milled soaps to sweaters. It's packed during sales. Of the two in-house restaurants, the Larry Forgione Signature Café (212-391-3015) on the sixth floor is the best bet for kids.
Address: 611 5th Avenue (between West 49th and West 50th streets)
Subway: West 47th–50th Street-Rockefeller Center station (B, D, F, or V train)
Saks Fifth Avenue, one of New York City's most prestigious and famous department stores, is located across the street from St. Patrick's Cathedral and just east of Rockefeller Center.
You may think New York has a lot of department stores now, but there used to be a lot more. The legendary Gimbels, Alexander's, E. J. Korvette's, S. Klein, A&S, and May's catered to every budget. Bamberger's was a little higher up, and New Yorkers actually wept when B. Altman closed.
Saks is perhaps the most spacious store of its genre in New York City and takes pride in having a luxurious environment and elegant displays. The main floor offers numerous counters filled with accessories. Designer clothing for men, women, and children can be purchased. Saks' own house line, SFA Signature, features (slightly) more affordable prices. Saks also carries jewelry, cosmetics, and fragrances. In addition, there is a bridal salon, offering the latest in bridal fashion displayed in a gorgeous setting.
There are three eating place at Saks, and one is appropriately named Eat at Saks. There's also Snaks, and Café SFA, which serves gourmet lunch and light fare. Saks also delivers to any Manhattan hotel for $18. This is first-rate shopping at its finest. Even if you're not buying, you should at least browse.
You can take it with you, well, almost. Many New York restaurants and delicatessens have online catalogs and will ship you their wares (Junior's Cheesecake and H&H Bagels, for instance). The food sections of department stores such as Macy's also offer a similar service.