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“Asian Fusion” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pearl River

Pearl River
477 Broadway, New York City, NY (Manhattan)
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Ranked #57 of 559 shopping in New York City
Type: Department Stores
Activities: Shopping
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Asian Fusion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

If you want to shop for Asian goods but don't have time to crawl through Chinatown, Pearl River is the place to go--3 floors jammed with merchandise to please every budget. I stocked up on NY souvenirs, Moleskine-type journals with funky covers, reproduction postcards of vintage Chinese "Shanghai Girl" advertisements and another Metro toy train (NJ Transit) for my small collection of wood train cars. Other goodies include clothes, bags, shoes, housewares, toys, china, kitchenware, snacks and candies, religious items and more Good Luck Cats that you can imagine. Plus, they take American Express Gift Cards!

Visited July 2012
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New York City, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“A staple in Soho for many years”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2011

I'm a local, live right here in the Financial District. This is a great store for customers of all ages and needs. They have everything from souvenirs, to cookware, to home furniture, to stationary. Things are in general on the inexpensive side. It's definitely a big tourist attraction because they offer many colorful, quirky gifts. But a lot of locals go there too for everyday items. If nothing else, it's a fun place to browse!

Visited July 2011
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Concord, New Hampshire
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28 attraction reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
“I LOVE this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2010

I try to get to Pearl River Mart whenever I'm in New York. They stock a very wide range of housewares, home decor, food items imported from China and other points east, gorgeous clothing, toys - the list is almost endless! They have a fantastic selection of dishes, mugs, teapots, rice bowls, plates. It's a terrific place to buy gifts for weddings and other special occasions. They have stunning fabrics at very reasonable prices. I can just get lost browsing there. Over the last few years the prices have gone up a bit, but then that's true everywhere. And designers have discovered the place and that had an effect, too. But there are so many beautiful things to see and great bargains. I don't agree with the previous reviewer about the staff. I've been there many, many times and while the staff is not warm and fuzzy, I've never seen them be rude to anyone. I was there last Sunday and picked up a gorgeous 30" wall fan for my living room. The price was great and it was on sale 20% off! One tip: If you got to NY by bus or similar transport or if you're walking around you might want to go there last because you will leave with things to carry!

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Washington, DC
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Poor rude service!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2010

Large asian store with the service we never experienced in Asian stores before. The crowded place where clay pots and mugs are all stock on one another. The person next to me dropped the lid from the mug and left, the store personnel screamed at me and made me pay for the broken mug.

I would advise you to stay away and not subject yourself to the ruddiness and humiliation.


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Bradenton, Florida
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
“You've gotta see this place...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2009

This is my favorite shopping spot in NY. While I like Chinatown, it is a bit seedy and much of the merchandise is crap. However, if you travel a few blocks North, you'll find Pearl RIver and it is everything you'd hoped--lots of great items, great prices and the store is huge--and could take you several hours if you're into all things Asian. Some highlights to look for are the Japanese candies/snacks, GREAT teapots and cups, statues, the little tea shop (nice for a break) and lamps (though they are hard to get home in one piece).

My only negative is that on the bottom floor, there are a lot of posters of Chairman Mao--one of the biggest mass-murders in human history. While he revitalized China in some ways, he was a monster and seeing his cuddly face on these posters offended me. It was almost like having Hitler posters in a German market. Plus, it seemed strange to have the Chairman plastered about a bastion to Capitalism!!

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