So you’ve been to all the best shops in NYC—how about the best outlets New York has to offer? Okay, there aren't many outlets in NYC, but there is new spot on Staten Island that is worth a ferry ride! And face it: Even with sample sales, department stores, mom-and-pop specialties and the uber-convenience of online shopping, buying stuff in NYC is a real expensive pain in the ass sometimes. Retail outlets offer killers bargains, plus give you an opportunity to trek outside of the city or out of state. Turn your buying mission into a weekend getaway in NJ or an overnight stay at a nearby bed-and-breakfast when you head to these prime outlets near New York.
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Best outlets near New York
251 miles from NYC
This super shopping/entertainment complex has outlet, factory and company stores with a retail roster featuring Apple, Ann Taylor, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Disney Store, and Nordstrom Rack. Feast upon a dozen sit-down restaurants, a food court and children and adults’ entertainment. And stay overnight at Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse USA Hotel; specialty packages available. 9090 Destiny USA Dr, Syracuse, NY, (315-466-6000, destinyusa.com)
138 miles from NYC
A two-hour drive away, have a high rolling weekend in Connecticut via this Tanger Outlets location, which is part of the Foxwoods Resort and Casino. Get lucky with over 85 brands from Coach and Kate Spade, to Brooks Brothers, J Crew, Calvin Klein and Columbia Factory Store. Grab a bite from Johnny Rockets, Stage Deli, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Cinnabon, Panda Express or It’s Sugar. 55 Trolley Line Blvd, Ledyard, CT (860-383-4340, tangeroutlet.com)
5 miles from NYC
Take the Path to get to this three-level mall adjacent to the Holland Tunnel. It has more than 130 stores ranging from Forever 21 to Sephora, to Armani Exchange, Zara and H&M plus Macy’s and JC Penney. Its 1,000 seat Dining Pavilion holds over 19 eateries such as Zinburger, The Cheesecake Factory, Pret a Manger and Johnny Rockets. Shop, eat and then see a movie at its 11-screen cinema. 30 Mall Dr W, Jersey City, NJ (201-626-2078, simon.com)
15 miles from NYC
Eight miles from the George Washington Bridge and 20 miles from the Lincoln Tunnel, this center can cross much off of your list: Whole Foods, Century 21, Target, Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, Homegoods, Nike Factory, Nordstrom Rack, Saks OFF 5th and Samsung Customer Service, you name it. Dining too: Olive Garden, Qdoba Mexican Grill and Red Robin, among others. 1 Bergen Town Center, Paramus, NJ (201-845-4050, bergentowncenter.com).
61 miles from NYC
Two miles from Six Flags Great Adventure, this outlet off of Interstate 195 and accessible from the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway is worth recalculating your Google Maps for last-minute items. Eateries are few (namely, Gloria Jeans Coffee, Nathan’s Famous, Sbarro, and Wok & Roll) but its 70 stores range from Banana Republic, Coach and Nike to Polo Ralph Lauren and Under Armour. 537 Monmouth Rd, Jackson, NJ (732-833-0503 premiumoutlets.com)
54 miles from NYC
With over 130 brands, this Long Island shopping center makes joint excursions easier. Get gear from L.L. Bean, bath bombs from Lush Cosmetics, tech support from Apple, kitchenware from Sur La Table and apparel from H&M or White House Black Market. Over 20 restaurants equally vary: PF Chang’s, Bahama Breeze, The Cheesecake Factory and California Pizza Kitchen, for starters. 313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, NY, (631) 724-8066, simon.com)
25 miles from NYC
In the lower Hudson Valley, this four-level shopping center is a retail, dining and entertainment destination. Along with 200 stores and 16 sit-down restaurants, find an ice rink, a comedy club and the world’s tallest indoor ropes course. Check out Urban Planet, a young Canadian fashion label, alongside names such as Hot Topic, Gusset, Barnes & Noble, Macy’s and Lord & Taylor. 1000 Palisades Center Dr, West Nyack, NY (845-348-1000, palisadescenter.com)
92 miles from NYC
Plan a shopping and sightseeing trip at this 100-store complex within the Pocono Mountains. Along with 12 dining options, the retail range includes Abercrombie & Fitch, Adidas, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Zumiez, among others. The surrounding region is well-matched, with attractions and restaurant and lodging ops. 1000 Premium Outlets Dr, Tannersville, PA (570-629-4650, premiumoutlets.com)
15.4 miles from NYC
Aside from the views, Staten Island is giving you yet another reason to take a ferry to the underrated borough: Empire Outlets. Pace yourselves, shoppers: This isn't your average mall! The 340,000 square feet space is home to a number of stellar brands and designer stores like Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Gap and H&M. Plus, other retail standouts like Nordstrom Rack (hell to the yes) and Levi's join the fray during spring and summer 2019. But it's the interesting art installations, open-air public spaces and the soon-to-debut MRKTPL—Staten Island's first-ever food hall—that really make this outlet worth a stop. 55 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY (718-355-3801, empireoutlets.nyc).
99 miles from NYC
This Connecticut venue’s over 70 designer/name brand outlet stores suit many styles and budgets (think Under Armour, American Eagle Outfitters, Michael Kors, kate spade new york, and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th). Along with meal choices, food trucks park here April through November; Food Truck Fridays happen on that first day of the month during this period. 20 Killingworth Turnpike, Clinton, CT (860-664-0700, premiumoutlets.com)
Shop for beauty products
New Yorkers certainly aren’t at a loss for beauty meccas—you can find top-notch nail salons, some of the best blow dry bars, not to mention a Sephora on almost every corner. But let’s face it, not all primping palaces are created equal. From natural makeup to drugstore loot and shops that offer the same treatments found at spas in NYC, here’s the ultimate insider guide to getting gorgeous in Gotham.