It's time for a long break. This post is designed to help shoppers at the big New York department stores find pleasant places to sit down and eat. Resting in a nearby park can also provide a healthy balance to the vigorous consumerism. Finding a barstool may also work for some.
|Lexington Avenue between 59th and 60th Street, night.|
The map at the bottom of the post includes a list of major NYC department stores and suggested places to visit and to eat and drink nearby.
• Century 21 (22 Cortland Street between Broadway and Church), a large discount store in Lower Manhattan, is near Wall Street, the 9/11 Memorial, St. Paul's Churchyard, and Zuccotti Park.
• Lord & Taylor (424 Fifth Avenue) is just two blocks south of Bryant Park, making the park an excellent place to visit. To combine shopping and sightseeing, check out the renovated New York Public Library.
• Saks Fifth Avenue (611 Fifth Avenue) especially during the holidays, seems ideally placed in the middle of a bustling tourist district. One convenient place to sit down is a pew in St. Patricks Cathedral. Rockefeller Center, and all that entails, is across the street. Find Paley Park, one of the most successful vest pocket parks in the city, for a restorative break from the bustling midtown sidewalks.
• Barneys on Madison Avenue also provides easy access to the park, but also consider lunch at Viand, a popular diner among locals. Other good options include Rouge Tomate, Geisha, and The Post House.
• Bloomingdale's, a large store that stretches a whole block from 59th to 60th between Lexington and 3rd, can also provide a transition into quieter sections of the city on the east side. For a complete adventure package, walk over to Tramway Plaza and ride the tram over to Roosevelt Island. Find a bench, put down the shopping bags, and marvel at the Manhattan skyline.
Consult the map below for more ideas.
View Attractions and Dining Near New York Department Stores in a larger map
Read also the post, Flagships of New York: A Self-Guided Walk to New York's Department Stores.
Images by Walking Off the Big Apple.