Upper East Side
For a chance to savor the lap of luxury, head uptown.
Sun Feb 15 2009
Shops and boutiques
Children's stores (most of them upscale) come thick and fast on Madison. Between 80th and 84th Streets are Flowers by Zoe (1070 Madison Ave, 212-535-3777), Bambini (1088 Madison Ave, 212-717-6742), Petit Bateau (1100 Madison Ave, 212-988-8884) and Little Eric Shoes (1118 Madison Ave, 212-717-1513), where we spotted a nanny dragging her tiny charge from the window display. (Shoe mania starts early.) Preteens seeking an edgier look flock to Infinity (1116 Madison Ave, 212-517-4232), its windows emblazoned with 1960s peace signs and its interior crammed with tie-dyed T-shirts, Hannah Montana memorabilia and rhinestone-studded sweat pants.
Another tween magnet is the family-owned Lester's (1534 Second Ave, 212-734-9292). A neighborhood stalwart since 1948, this boutique draws shoppers like Rebecca, 13, who journeys from the Village for such favorite brands as Splendid, So Low and Hard Tail, plus great service. "The store is kind of overwhelming and you're always going to need help, which you'll get in the blink of an eye," she says.