I know that people are tired of conglomerates taking over like Starbucks and B&N, but I love both especially when they're in one place!
The Union Square Barnes and Noble is by far my favorite one. It's very large, multi-levels and has a large reading/coffee area that sometimes resembles a singles scene (without the alcohol).
This store is a great place to spend an afternoon perusing books, magazines, music and movies. I love to grab a few books and magazines, get my coffee and sit for hours enjoying every moment. The very best seats are located near the windows providing a fantastic view of the park and the bustling neighborhood.
Also, most of the hip writers come to this location to speak, discuss and sign their books .Always look forward to seeing nutty yet witty Sedaris.
Good sales on new books too.
All in all, a great store with rewarding experiences.