Black Friday Shopping Tips in NY

November 26, 2009 Updated: November 27, 2009

NEW YORK—Here’s a few recommendations of places to visit when you’re holiday shopping this year:

Toy Stores

KidRobot. Part art gallery and part toy shop. Kidrobot specializes in artist and designer-created toys, imports, and figurines from Japan, Hong Kong, and Europe. Most of their wares are produced in limited numbers and handmade—with references to anime, cartoon, and other popular-culture references. It also sells Japan-inspired screen-printed tshirts and hoodies. 118 Prince Street, New York, NY (SoHo)

Kidding Around. Looking for something a little more classic? This toy store is known for quality products, including wooden bikes, real microscopes for kids, real musical instruments for kids, wooden doll houses, and lifelike dress-up costumes. 60 W. 15th Street Suite # 1, New York, NY

Apple Computer Stores

New Upper West Side Mac Store. Like its counterparts, the new Mac store is a sleek gallery of Apple products housed in clean white and glass surfaces. Peppy t-shirt-wearing Apple sales reps circle the store and offer information on Apple products. Buy a monogrammed iPod for someone on your gift list, or maybe treat yourself to an end of the year upgrade to that new laptop you have been eyeing. 1981 Broadway New York, NY (at 67th Street)

Tekserve. An authorized Apple retailer and repair shop. Known as the “old reliable Mac shop,” the atmosphere at Tekserve is the antithesis of the pristine Apple stores. The wooden plank floor creaks under your feet, old Apple posters hang on the walls, and vintage Macintosh computers display numbers for the next in line. Tekserve offers Apple computers, older Apple models at great discounts, and a large selection of Apple accessories. For the audio and video enthusiasts, Tekserve offers professional grade gear, including microphones and video cameras. 119 W. 23rd Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)

Department Stores

Lord & Taylor. For women. Best place in town to find a dress for holiday parties and special occasions. They have great sales, but it's never a crazy crowd—always a calm scene. Make sure you check out the "the little black dress" area—a whole area dedicated to a woman's most essential item. It's guaranteed you can find a dress at Lord & Taylor. Also, they have a fantastic Christmas window that is already set up, if you want to get into the Christmas spirit early. 424 5th Avenue, New York, NY (at 38th Street)

Filene’s Basement. For men. If you don’t know what you are looking for and want good quality clothes for less, Filene’s Basement is a good place to start. The price tag on each item is marked with the date it hits the selling floor. The longer an item remains unsold, the more the price automatically is reduced, 25 percent, 50 percent, and finally 75 percent. Various Locations in Manhattan

A Wonderful Break

Radiance Tea House and Books. Breathe out the rabid materialism of Black Friday and breath in the tranquil comfort of Jade Spiral green tea or Golden Lily oolong tea. Radiance also offers delicious and healthy steamed dumplings and fish meals. After enjoying a good cup of tea, you can also do some quality shopping with a variety of tea leaves, books, gifts, and tea sets that will open your eyes to the beauty of the eastern world. 158 W. 55th Street, New York, NY (between 6th & 7th Avenues)

Hampton Chutney. A little Indian café with the tastiest food in Manhattan and friendly staff to go along with it. Hampton Chutney is known for its delicious and authentic dosas (large, crispy, sourdough crepes), and their house-made chutney. There is also a convenient child play area. 68 Prince Street, New York, NY (between Broadway and Lafayette)