Levi??s is classic and there??s a reason. Their jeans styles are always subtly hip, with that extra flourish in a quiet way. I can always find a pair whose cut really give me the sort of silhouette I??m looking for. This particular location is especially nice because it has extra-friendly staff who are not too in-your-face. The fitting rooms are really clean, and the whole place doesn??t have a funny smell (like, say, Forever21). I??m giving it four stars because sometimes it can be really, really crowded, which is hard to deal with. It gets too hot to try on jeans ?? way too much peeling fabric off your skin. Also, Levi??s can be pricey at times ?? although they do have great sales. I only come here as a treat.
I had an amazing experience with the Apple store in SoHo, much to my surprise. I guess I always thought that Apple as a brand is a bit snooty, so of course its employees would be, too. A couple of years ago I purchased a Macbook Pro for nearly two grand because I wanted to get into graphics and video work. In the last couple of weeks the machine has been conking out on me in that really creepy turning-on-and-off-with-a-flashing-screen kind of way, and I had my tech-savvy friend tinker with it to no avail. I didn't want to take it to the Apple store because my warranty had run out and I really didn't want to deal with paying a grand to get the thing fixed. I was all set to do some serious screaming when I set foot in there, but as soon as I described how the laptop had been acting up the Apple guy said, hey, yeah, that's a known issue with this generation of Macbook Pro's - something to do with how the motherboard reacts to the graphics card. Without any fuss he told me he'd order a new motherboard and install it on my machine - all free of charge. I was aghast. Really?! Wow! He was so nice about it, too, patiently (and fruitlessly) explaining to me what exactly was wrong. I dropped it off in the store at the end of visit, expecting to pick it up in a week or so. Instead - again, to my complete amazement - I got a call the next day informing me that my laptop was ready for pick up. Really?! WOW! It's all good now, and I just can't believe how awesome and how prompt Apple and its staff were in addressing the problem.
Century 21 carries a lot of designer brands at great discount prices. I'm not that into brand names but every once in a while I'll come here and I always find something I like and get an awesome deal, too. It's very crowded but I wouldn't expect anything else from a discount department store. Customer service is great here. The reps are (too) patient and really try hard to help people find exactly what they're looking for. Large clothing stores generally give me a massive headache, and this one is no different, but among headache-causing stores I'd rank the Century21 experience at the top.
I had a pretty good experience here at Talbots. I needed a few pieces of office clothing, and, because they are by default boring, I didn't find the blandness of Talbots fashion a detractor at all. It was nice to not be distracted by too many colorful choices. The styles are a bit middle-aged but they suited my purposes. The customer service reps were also very helpful in giving me tips on which items to consider for particular occasions. I'd come here if you need basic, business-y things and know pretty much what you're looking for. Definitely not a place to go if you want cute, casual stuff.
It's a K-Mart - not too much to expect. The store is pretty clean and neatly laid out, but the organization doesn't really make sense. I couldn't find socks for the life of me. They were way in the back of the store, nowhere near the underwear and undergarments where I thought they should be. I went on a Monday night and there was only one lane open, with the line stretching nearly to the socks. It's great for what it is, though, a cheap department store for the basic stuff, and every once in a while you get a really good find.
This place reminds me of the enormous wholesale warehouses in China. I??m Chinese so stores like this bring me so much cheer tinged with nostalgia. I love Pearl River by default, but really, it??s the best repository of unique, off-the-wall items and knickknacks to buy as gifts or for yourself. You can find everything from gaudy, classy, tasteful, to downright artistic. If you can??t find anything with which to amuse yourself?well, then, you probably don??t have a sense of humor. (?Kind of kidding). Lots of traditional Asian things ?? tea sets, bamboo products, curtains, screens, vases. The coolest stuff, though, are the weird little toys sprinkled all over the place: wooden magic boxes, little hand-painted turtles that move, bowls of glass beads made to look like piglets?On top of all this the market is located in SoHo ?? all the benefits without the drawbacks. Browsing this place is like surfing the Internet; there always seems to be something else that demands your attention.
I've heard so much about Niketown from several of my (hardcore sporty) friends and never wanted to go; I'm not really a die-hard athlete type and didn't want to deal with jargony talk from associates and customers alike. I finally went because my boyfriend needed a new pair of running shoes for the marathon this year, and it's not at all like what I imagined. The complex has five color-coordinated floors and is really well planned out. I felt like I was in a Chuck-E-Cheese's for adults. I spent almost two hours wandering around slack-jawed, messing with and ogling at all the equipment. My boyfriend, of course, got exactly what he wanted because he knew what he wanted, but I also ended up getting new running shoes, too. The girl that helped me was incredibly patient, and she really explained the product specs well with regards to how they would work with my feet and my running needs. She wasn't at all condescending, and I came away having a better understanding of the biomechanics of running and how my own body works. Great place to go if you know what you're doing, and great place to go if you just want to be entertained and feel like you did when you were five and in a Toys "R" Us.
Fatoosh is one the best Middle-Eastern restaurants I've ever been to, across several states. They have a huge selection of salads and platters at decent prices, whether you want a sandwich or a combo platter. They have warm, fluffy, whole wheat pitas that just can't be beat anywhere. Excellent falafel, moussaka, a perfectly seasoned lentil salad, and a heavenly cauliflower dish whose name I don't know. Always just the right blend of spices, chewiness, and crunchiness for everything - and I've tried everything.
The service is impeccable and the staff is incredibly friendly and accommodating. They bring your order out to you family-style, with everything neatly arranged. My friend and I ordered everything off the menu between the two of us, and they came out and pushed two tables together and chuckled at our enormous spread. It really couldn't have been a better experience. On top of that, they also deliver and is great for take-out.
The space itself is trendy and clean, with nice tables and tasteful wall decor. I love that it has a huge window front overlooking busy 5th Avenue; life doesn't really get much better than people-watching while enjoying a great meal. Finally, they have canned diet ginger ale and diet Sunkist in the cooler - rare finds these days!
I absolutely adore this bar. It's below street level but not at all dingy, a little gem hidden away in the middle of a residential street. It's got great lighting that provides a sort of Christmas-y, sitting-by-the-fire-with-holiday-lights-twinkling-all-around ambiance, and if you've ever loved Watership Down or The Hobbit, this place is exactly what I imagine those warrens or Bilbo Baggins' house to be like. There are tables along one wall and the bar along the other, and neat little restrooms in the back. I've been here several Sunday evenings, and each time I caught a performance by a live Irish band. They are bands actually based out of Ireland - Dublin or Belfast so far, with that gorgeous Irish lilt. I've heard fiddles and guitars and quiet, idyllic voices making beautiful music about love and loss, and even a poetry reading. For me this is the kind of thoughtful place I go to with good friends to wind down the weekend, have a quiet chat over Guinness or scotch, and just enjoy being comfortably silent with people you care about while the murmur of other conversations and lovely Irish music weave their spell about you.
I'm waxing sentimental here, but this is why I love the Scratcher.
Awesome place with all sorts of vegan replacements for traditional favorites - like the triple decker club, a "meatball" sandwich with Parmesan and sauce, and even a seitan Philly cheesesteak. There are also vegan brownies, crumb bars, and other baked goodies. I love that the menu has so many, many options for both vegetarians and vegans, including soy cheese, which you can add to any item. I've had the smoked tempeh wrap and the sesame "chicken" wrap, both of which were delicious, albeit a bit salty. My friends have had the cheesesteak and the hummus sandwich, which were also good. I've asked to have soy cheese and avocado added, and it wasn't a problem. I also like that the sandwiches come with a small side salad. The staff is nice and the service is really quick; they come and bring your order over to you. Once a friend and I went close to the end of the night and the guys working were a bit impatient (borderline rude) to get us and a few other patrons out of there, but I can understand that.
The space is open and sort of raw, with small, two-seater wooden tables and larger "communal" tables for laptop use, etc. I loved the simplicity of it, the almost barn-like feel, and the bookshelf they have against the wall crammed with books and things. It's never been too crowded and there are plenty of tables. For a vegan this is a really great place for coffee, food, and treats.