In New York City, you can find popular fashion boutiques like DSW and Filene's Basement, along with superstores like Whole Foods and Virgin Megastore, in pretty much any neighborhood. But only in Union Square—home to the NYU dorms—can you shop in the biggest Barnes & Noble in the city, located within a restored cast iron building with a brick façade. Rothman's on Park Avenue South has long stood in the Square as the best purveyor of fine Italian suits and ties, but in the past decade has added lines for preppy boys and hipsters alike to their stock of around 2000 custom and made-to-measure suits. Union Square offers a haven for serious wine collectors in the Italian Wine Merchants store, co-owned by Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and Sergio Esposito.
Also unique to Union Square, is the chance to peruse the organic produce, flowers, and other wares at the biggest farmer's market in the city. Greenmarket, open four days a week, is located in Union Square Park, designed in the early 1800s. The market's rows of open-air tents also become a lively hub of holiday shopping between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, offering hordes of shoppers a wide selection of goods, from designer brands to handmade ornaments. Greenmarket is frequented by four-star chefs seeking special ingredients, but also by people just looking to buy local food and even meet the farmers that grew it.
To top off a day of shopping in Union Square, it's easy to find a restaurant nearby. The Square's selection of eateries runs the gambit from three-star restaurants (Union Square Café) to Republic's delicious Thai cuisine to Blue Water Grill's raw seafood bar to vegetarian cuisine at Zen Palate.
- Subway Stop
- 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W trains to the 14th Street/Union Square Station