design your own polo Scoping out New York
New York may be the shopping capital of the world, but let’s face it: Fifth Avenue isn’t exactly the best place to find a bargain. Luckily, great steals and deals are just a few hours away at the tri state area’s best outlet malls.
Check out amNew York’s top picks:
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets Where: Central Valley, New York Why: Woodbury Common boasts over 220 shops and huge selection of designer outlets. Find deals at stores like Chanel, Gucci, Betsey Johnson, Miss Sixty and Prada plus Neiman Marcus Last Call and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th. The list of mall restaurants leaves more than a little to be desired (Nathan’s, McDonalds), but nearby towns have some good choices, and the Dia:Beacon museum is just a short drive away. How far: About an hour from midtown by bus or car. Both include a VIP discount coupon book. By Train: NJ transit trains depart several times daily to Metro North’s Harriman Station, near Woodbury Common. Take the PATH train to Hoboken ($1.75) and take the NJ Transist to Harriman Station ($13.50). From there a taxi is about $6 and bus connections to the mall run on the weekends for $1.60.
Liberty Village Premium Outlets Where: Flemington, New Jersey Why: Smaller and less high end than Woodbury Common, Liberty Village is also less crowded. Liberty Village also boasts specialty shops like Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Harry David, plus kids’ clothing stores. How far: About an hour and a half from Midtown by bus.
Tanger Outlet Center Where: Riverhead, NY Why: The shops at Tanger are less Fifth Avenue, and more in line with what you’d find at any standard suburban mall: Nine West, Sunglasses Hut, Levi’s, Bath and Body Works and Eddie Bauer, plus a few goodies like Kate Spade and Pottery Barn. How far: About 2 hours by train
How to get there: Take the LIRR from Penn Station to Riverhead ($30.50 roundtrip off peak) and catch a cab to the mall from the there.
Philadelphia Premium Outlets Where: Limerick, PA Why: Who could resist 150 stores including Coach, Cole Haan, DKNY, Kenneth Cole, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Restoration Hardware and Sony? The mall offers up a good mix of high end stores and regular mall finds, plus a few decent places to eat. How far: About two hours by car from midtown, a little longer by bus.
How to get there: Greyhound runs several buses from Penn Station to downtown Philadelphia ($46 roundtrip), then transfer to a Greyhound (round trip $25) that goes directly to mall.