Kid Robot is just a lot of fun. The store is filled with little plastic toys and creatures many of them so imaginative it's mind blowing. Some of them twist and turn some are just stand alone items. Unfortunately for silly little plastic toys they are kind of expensive so when you lay down your cash mutter under your breath how you're ourchasing a piece of art or a soon to be highly desired collectible that will double in value in the next year. Of course that's all silly talk so just accept the fact the little guys have grown on you and take one home.
PROS: Great toys
The Container Store is a great place to go if you need help arranging the space in your apartment. The sales help are great, they greet you at the door and ask you to describe your space problem and then try to help you solve it. They sell shelving and other space enhancers that help you cram more stuff into less space which here in New York is very important. Some of the stuff seems a little pricey for wha tit is but it is all very sturdy and quality product.
If you have any desire to bake you must see this shop. It's kind of dumpy looking and old fashioned when you enter but as you walk around you realize this store has it all. I mean all. Hundreds of different cookie molds. Dozens of cake molds and pans. All sorts of frostings and toppings. Hundreds of different figures to put on top of a cake. This place is just amazing. The saleshelp are pretty much useless and there is no doubt with a paint job, a little advertising and an attractive helpful staff they could double there prices and do five times the business they currently do. Let's hope they never catch on for who wants to pay twice as much and suffer in a crowded store.
PROS: Tremendous Inventory
CONS: Poor sales help
One of the worlds great department stores Saks Fifth Avenue is a multi story shopping wonder land. You can easily lose a day shopping here and the restaurant is actually pretty good and top it all off with a visit to Neuhaus chocolates on the 7th floor. Fill up a bag of these very special chocolates for the trip home.
PROS: Great Store
CONS: None I know of
Tekserve are Apple specialists who do an excellent job of fixing your computer or help you pick a new one and get it up and running. The place is expensive and much of the time chaotic but they do excellent work and when something as important as your computer blows up you want it fixed fast and correctly.
PROS: Will fix your machine
Kim's Video and Music is a very special , very wacky store. They have a large selection of interesting CDs and DVDs. In the DVD section you will find films that you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere and the staff is extremely knowledgeable. THat being said many of the videos and DVDs are homemade copies and some are of poor quality. The staff members in the Video section can be extremely annoying/snooty/just plain silly so if you're tempermental you might want to take a valium before you arrive.
PROS: Great Selection
CONS: Bad copies, annoying staff
B & H Photo sells most items from the world of electronics including cameras, projectors and digital archiving. The service is decent, nothing special and the prices while not great are pretty good. That being said I prefer to buy from an established store when buying expensive items and in New York for me that's either B & H or J & R. I like both of them but for photo equipment I leand towards B & H. They are closed for the Sabbath on Saturdays and are also closed on the major Jewish Holidays.
PROS: Great selection , decent prices
CONS: Closed on the Sabbath, hard to get saleshelp at times
Kinokuniya Bookstore has some of the most beautiful books you'll ever see. Gorgeous coffee table books filled with great pictures. Books of illustrations just beautiful books. The only problem is the books are in Japanese which is Okay if you read Japanese otherwise it's a bit of a drag. Still you should drop in and take a look around just for the experience and if you read Japanese well then shop away.
Patelson's House of Music is the place to go if you are looking for books about musicians from any genre. They also have a decent Jazz and great Classical Music CD selection. They are knowledgeable and very helpful.
Shakespeare & Co is a mini chain three or four stores and they do a great job filling one of the voids left behing by the big book sellers like Barnes and Noble and Borders. They have a more literary selection of books along with the normal best sellers. The staff are all very knowledgeable when it comes to books and makes great recommendations.