There are branches of Saks all over the country now, but this is it: Saks Fifth Avenue. No other store better typifies the Big Apple these days than this legendary flagship store, which is well worth your time -- and the smaller-than-most size makes it quite manageable. There's something for everyone here. Saks carries a wide range of clothing; departments err on the pricey designer side (skip the lingerie department if you want affordable basics), but run the gamut to affordable house-brand basics. The men's department is the finest in the city, and in 2008 opened a 2,000-square-foot boutique devoted to Italian luxury brand Kiton. The cosmetics and fragrance departments on the main floor are justifiably noteworthy -- they carry many hard-to-find and brand-new brands, including Laura Mercier, the Big Apple's own Kiehl's, and more -- as are the extensive fine and costume jewelry counters. And the location, right across from Rockefeller Center, makes it a convenient stop for those on the sightseeing circuit.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Highly Recommended 2010