I haven't been to the CL in the Meatpacking, but I have purchased from the CL on Madison a few times. The sales help are nice (they actually leave you ALONE to look for yourself without getting in your face every 5 seconds to suggest some hideous thing). When I'm ready to try on, however, the ladies are very helpful, making sure the shoes really fit. (Rememer, these shoes run small, depending on the cut, up to a size in difference, as I have experienced). The sales people can be a little wrapped up in their own conversations/little private jokes so don't go there hoping for someone to get very interactive with you in choosing a pair of shoes. They don't have the largest selection but the calm, quiet atmosphere makes it worth it. (Barneys has the largest selection). Bottom line: polite, detached salespeople without the dreaded bitchiness of other boutiques (ahem, Prada).