Is there a Christmas in New York movie that doesn’t feature FAO Schwartz? Made (even more) famous by classic New York movies like Home Alone and Big, this massive, uptown toy store is a must-see if you have kids, and even if you don’t. None of us have any children and we are always excited to visit! Located on 5th Avenue just off Central Park South and across from the iconic Plaza Hotel, this three-story mega store is famous for giant sized stuffed animals, miniature kid-sized Lamborghinis and the BIG Piano utilized by Tom Hanks in that memorable scene. With its singing, real toy-soldiers, über amounts of candy, and more toys than a kid can play with, visitors young and old will be wide-eyed with a visit to this New York staple.
K: Another place from my youth that we went once per year… I always got to pick out ONE Bob Mackie Barbie Doll. I could get lost in here for hours… (Well, maybe not so much anymore. Now it kind of gives me hives.)
L: As a kid FAO Schwartz was like Disney Land in New York. I loved going there and playing with all the toys for hours. Too bad we could never afford to take any home. I still love going there today.
M: I have been here more times than I can remember. Don’t think I ever bought anything. But for some reason every year around this time I find myself walking in just to check it out. It’s just something that you have to do when you come here. Thank you Tom Hanks.
Our Rating Scales…
- Scene- An iconic, classic toy super store
- Coordinates- 5: Fun is right next door
- Restaurant Return Rate- Green light!