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How to Do Outlet Mall Shopping In and Around NYC

Outlet shoppers, start your engines! We’ve lined up some of the best discount shopping in New York City, from department store offshoots to the city’s first outlet mall, plus a couple options outside the city if you’re up for an adventure. No matter which options you choose, these stores offer deals for miles.

Empire Outlets

Empire Outlets Staten Island

New York’s only outlet mall has opened this summer on Staten Island. Take the free ferry (say hi to Lady Liberty on the way), and visit the new retail/dining complex at Empire Outlets. This new shopping center contains Gap Factory Store, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Nordstrom Rack, and Levi’s Outlet, among others. This 340,000-square-foot complex boasts not only great shopping, but also stunning views of the Lower Manhattan skyline. Eat Shake Shack and Mamoun’s falafel, among other dining options at Empire Outlets. 55 Richmond Terrace, empireoutlets.nyc

The Mills at Jersey Gardens

The Mills at Jersey Gardens

Located just a half-hour from Midtown, The Mills at Jersey Gardens provide luxury shopping at outlet prices. This Elizabeth, New Jersey mall has outlets for brands like Banana Republic, Timberland, Nike, True Religion, Zales, ALDO, and Coach. You can also find department store brands at Saks Off Fifth, Century 21, and Neiman Marcus Last Call. Take a break with the AMC Theatres multiplex on site and plenty of dining destinations. 651 Kapkowski Rd., 908-354-5900, simon.com/mall/the-mills-at-jersey-gardens

Saks Off Fifth

Can’t make it to The Mills at Jersey Gardens? You can find Saks Off Fifth within the five boroughs of New York City. Find designer clothes, accessories, cosmetics, and shoes for a discount in Midtown East, Brooklyn’s Industry City near Sunset Park, and in the Bronx. As the Saks website promises, “We drop prices, you drop names.” Midtown: 125 E 57th St., 212-634-0730, saksoff5th.com/en/new-york-city; Brooklyn: 850 3rd Ave., 347-464-5715, saksoff5th.com/en/brooklyn; 290 Baychester Ave., 929-237-7834, saksoff5th.com/en/bronx

Nordstrom Rack

Shop high-end brands for women, men, and kids at two Nordstrom Rack locations in Manhattan. There’s the original on 14th Street at Union Square and the newer location at Herald Square. (See also the Brooklyn location at Fulton Mall, listed below.) Featured brands include Theory, T by Alexander Wang, Citizens of Humanity jeans, and Joie. There's also a new Nordstrom Rack, just opened at Empire Outlets! Union Square: 60 E 14th St., 212-220-2080, shop.nordstrom.com; Herald Square: 865 6th Ave., 646-861-5440, shop.nordstrom.com

Century 21

century 21 lower manhattan

While Century 21 isn’t technically an outlet, it certainly places among the city’s top locations for designer names at a discount. High-end luxury labels such as Christian Louboutin, Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Comme Des Garçons, and Tom Ford all line the racks at this iconic Financial District store. Carve out plenty of time to explore top designers, jeans, athletic wear, shoes, home goods, kids clothes, cosmetics, and accessories on all 7 floors. Other locations in the Upper West Side, Brooklyn (below), and at The Mills at Jersey Gardens (above). Financial District: 22 Cortlandt St., 212-227-9092; UWS: 1972 Broadway, 212-518-2121; c21stores.com

Bloomingdale’s Outlet

Just across Central Park from the flagship store, Bloomingdale’s Outlet is the iconic department store’s Upper West Side counterpart. Shop brands like Aqua, Joie, True Religion, Polo by Ralph Lauren, and much more at this tri-level store on West 72nd Street. You can find goods for women, men, and kids, plus cosmetics, shoes, and accessories and carry your Big Brown Bag down Broadway after your trip. 2085 Broadway, 212-634-3190, locations.bloomingdales.com

Fulton Mall

Brooklynites flock downtown for Fulton Mall, an outdoor shopping center featuring discount shopping among a large collection of regular-priced stores. Last Call Neiman Marcus and Century 21 provide luxury goods for much less, while Ann Taylor Factory Store, Gap Factory Store, and Banana Republic Factory Store slash prices on your favorite brand names. Don’t miss the DeKalb Market Hall beneath Century 21, providing dozens of local food vendors like Katz’s Delicatessen and Foragers Market. Fulton St. from Boerum Pl. to Flatbush Ave., 718-403-1600, downtownbrooklyn.com

The Outlets at Bergen Town Center

Another Jersey option is The Outlets at Bergen Town Center, just 15 miles from Midtown. Find outlets for outstanding brands like Adidas, Eileen Fisher, Elie Tahari, and J.Crew. Discount department stores include Century 21 and Neiman Marcus Last Call, and there are a range of non-outlet stores as well. Dining includes Olive Garden, CAVA, and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Route 4 East & Forest Ave., 201-845-4050, bergentowncenter.com

Tanger Outlets in Riverhead

Tanger Outlets

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On Long Island, visit Tanger Outlets for your next shopping getaway. West Elm has an outlet at this large complex, as do Williams-Sonoma, Ann Taylor, Chico’s, Elizabeth Arden, HUGO BOSS, Lacoste, Puma, and Samsonite. The signature New York department store Barneys also has a warehouse store on site, plus a wide range of dining choices. From Midtown NYC, travel 90 minutes via The Hampton Jitney. 200 Tanger Mall Dr., 631-369-2732, tangeroutlet.com/riverhead

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Merrill Lee Girardeau lives and writes in Brooklyn.

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