Saks is far superior to most department stores. The store is beautiful and kept in pristine condition - you hardly ever see things messy or unfolded. It has a great layout and everything is organized by designer, so it is easy to navigate and find what you're looking for if you are pressed for time. There are also many knowledgable salespeople around. I LOVE the selection - they have everything you could possibly want! It's the only place I go for jeans since they have every cut and style you can imagine and all the latest trends. This Saks in particular has a huge selection of Rock and Republic and Hudson, along with many other designer brands. There are also pretty good sales. It is a peaceful shopping environment, especially compared to the noisy chaos, annoying people, and disorganization that is overwhelming at Macys, Nordstrom, and Bloomies. At Saks, people are there not to hang out or wander through to another mall, but to SHOP. And it's right on Union Square, a great location. Love it!!
Pros: store layout, selection, great clothes, peaceful shopping experience