Midtown East NYC Neighborhood Guide



United Nations, Grand Central, St. Patrick’s

Midtown East is a huge tourist, commercial and residential area. Around 5th Ave, the neighborhood is home to many tourist attractions, such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center. Moving towards 3rd Ave and further east, the area is more residential, and generally, the restaurants are better and more affordable. There are tons of famous attractions for both adults and children in Midtown.

Things to Do | Hotels | Discount Passes | Printable Map

Recommended Restaurants | Shopping

Midtown East NYC Neighborhood Guide
View of Midtown East NYC – United Nations, Chrysler Building

Things to Do

The Plaza Hotel, Apple Store – 59th and 5th Ave

Shopping down 5th Avenue,  (Tiffany, Cartier, Henri Bendel) – start at 59th and work your way down to Rockefeller Center, shop the whole way.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA, 11 W 53rd, 5th/6th Aves)

Rockefeller Center – Top of the Rock, NBC Studios, American Girl Place, Nintendo, Ice Skating. 47th-50th along 5th Ave

St. Patrick’s Cathedral (5th Ave, 50th St)

Radio City Music Hall (1260 6th Ave, 50th/51st)

Dylan’s Candy Bar (60th and 3rd Ave) – world’s largest candy store, owned by Dylan Lauren (Ralph’s daughter)

Paley Center for Media (formerly Museum of Television & Radio, 52nd, 5th/6th Aves). Closed Mon/Tues. $10 adult, $5 children suggested.

Grand Central Terminal  (42nd/Lex) – free tours, Whispering Gallery, gorgeous ceiling

Bryant Park, New York Public Library (42nd and 5th Ave)

United Nations (1st Avenue, between 45th and 46th Street) – Guided and Audio Tours Mon-Fri, 9:45am – 4:45pm, approximately one hour.

FAO Schwarz (temporarily closed as of July 2015)

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Midtown East Discount Passes and Tours

The New York Pass

The New York Pass Includes:

  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  • The Paley Center for Media
  • Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour
  • Highlights of Midtown Tour
  • Rockefeller Center Tour
  • Saturday Night Live – The Exhibition
  • Top of the Rock

New York Explorer Pass

  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  • Rockefeller Center Tour
  • Saturday Night Live – The Exhibition
  • Top of the Rock
  • United Nations Guided Tour
New York CityPASS

New York CityPASS

  • Choice of Top of the Rock or Guggenheim Museum

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Recommended Restaurants

Tao (58th, Park and Mad) – Asian hot spot with a 16 ft Buddha, gorgeous decor and lots of fun. You may have seen it on a Sex and the City episode.

Del Frisco’s Steakhouse – 1221 6th Ave (49th St)

Serendipity – (225 E 60th, 2nd/3rd Aves)  Best known for Frozen Hot Chocolate, one of Oprah’s favorites

The Modern (and others in MoMA)

Sofia Wine Bar & Cafe – (242 E 50th / 2nd Ave) – Tapas, amazing meatballs, very quaint

Bar Vetro (58th St, 2nd/3rd Aves) – great lunch deal and outdoor garden.

Rosa Mexicano (58th & 1st)- Mexican, fresh guacamole prepared tableside and great Margaritas. A few in the City now, but this is the original.

PJ Clarke’s (55th and 3rd)- good, old-fashioned burgers, very casual, old NYC institution

Osteria Serafina (58th b/w Park and Mad) – northern italian, beautiful garden at their Grill location (61st b/w Mad and Park).

Daniel – upscale French. Many lifelong NYers vote it the best meal they have ever had

Calico Jack’s Cantina – casual Mexican

McFadden’s Saloon – Irish Pub

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Bergdorf Goodman (754 5th Ave, 57th/58th)

Henri Bendel (712 5th Ave, 55th/56th)

Barney’s New York (660 Madison Ave,  60th/61st)

Saks Fifth Avenue (611 5th Ave, 49th/50th)

Bloomingdales (1000 3rd Ave, 60th/61st)

All department stores, and beautiful holiday lights tour and window displays during December along 5th Avenue.

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Midtown East Hotels

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Midtown East Hotels: Luxury | Suite | Boutique | Cheap | Romantic


Luxury Hotels – Midtown East

The Plaza Hotel

5 Star Rating

From: $420

Plaza Hotel NYC

Does The Plaza really need an introduction? This classic and Hollywood famous hotel, offers 282 rooms, including 102 luxurious suites, which boast the largest square footage of any luxury hotel in New York City.

Amenities at The Plaza hotel include the world-class Shops at The Plaza, featuring exclusive luxuries and purveyors of fine food, as well as health and wellness facilities including a Caudalie Vinothérapie® Spa and Warren-Tricomi Salon.

The Four Seasons

5 Star Rating

From: $594

Four Seasons Hotel NYC

Four Seasons Hotel New York offers 368 generously sized guest rooms – including 63 suites. Select accommodations have furnished terraces with views of Central Park or the downtown skyline. The décor is contemporary and understated, featuring the finest handcrafted furniture, English sycamore panelling and imported fabrics. All accommodations offer an oval desk with two leather-upholstered chairs. Standard amenities include wired or wireless Internet access, a refrigerated private bar, CD and DVD players.

St Regis Hotel

5 Star Rating

From: $645

St. Regis Hotel NYC

Overlooking Fifth Avenue, this original 1904 Beaux Art classic landmark, is at the foremost address. As the first St. Regis, the legendary Astor family premiered a timeless legacy, today featuring 24 hour St. Regis Butler Service, an on-site florist, the historic King Cole Bar and Adour Alain Ducasse, a new signature restaurant.

The 164 guest rooms and 65 suites feature custom-made furnishings, including silk wall coverings and antiques. In 2007, The St. Regis received the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award and AAA Five Diamond Award for the 14th consecutive year.

The Peninsula Hotel

5 Star Rating

From: $695

Peninsula Hotel NYC

The Peninsula New York is a fusion of modern efficiencies and old-world grace. Contemporary fabrics, furnishings, and technology merge with many classical elements throughout the hotel. The Peninsula New York has several drinking and dining options, including Fives, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, the intimate Bar at Fives, the elegant Gotham Lounge and the rooftop bar, Salon de Ning, with dramatic city views. The new Peninsula Spa by ESPA features 12 treatment rooms, a glass-enclosed swimming pool and fitness center.

Waldorf Astoria

5 Star Rating

From: $410

Waldorf Astoria Hotel NYC

The Waldorf Astoria and Waldorf Towers, where every U.S. President as well as hundreds of other diplomats, stays, offer 1,413 guest rooms and select suites, each featuring upscale amenities, services, and furnishings.

Occupying the upper floors of The Waldorf Astoria, The Waldorf Towers is the Luxury hotel, home to celebrities, corporate executives, royalty and every American president since Herbert Hoover. The Waldorf Towers features 181 room accommodations, including 123 configurable suites.

A discreet separate entrance located at the corner of Park Avenue, on 50th Street, enhances privacy. The luxury experience includes complimentary Continental breakfast at the Astoria Lounge.

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Boutique Hotels – Midtown East

Roosevelt Hotel NYC

3 Star Rating

From: $223

Roosevelt Hotel NYC

Opened in 1924 and named after President Theodore Roosevelt, the Roosevelt Hotel New York offers a 1920s ambience that includes original Tiffany crystal chandeliers, gilt trim, coffered ceilings, and wrought-iron balconies overlooking the lobby. They have over 1000 rooms, including 52 suites. The hotel is three blocks from Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal and numerous Broadway theaters.

Library Hotel NYC

4 Star Rating

From: $238

Romantic New York City Hotel - Library Hotel NYC

Awesome rooftop and lounge and most interesting hotel rooms in all of NYC! The Library Hotel is organized like a library with 10 floors arranged according to the Dewey Decimal System. Each floor has a theme (literature, languages, math & science) and each room has a theme and tons of books – try the Love Room, Astronomy Room or Fairy Tales Room.

The Gotham Hotel

4 Star Rating

From: $265

The Gotham Hotel NYC

Airy, light-filled guest rooms are appointed with streamlined European furnishings, tailored minibars, and lavish linens. Every room is large, has an outdoor terrace and loft-like ceilings, and features funky vintage books, king-size beds, and gorgeous tiled bathrooms with dual showerheads.

More Hotels: The Dylan, Hotel Giraffe

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Suite Hotels New York City – Midtown East

Best Western Hospitality

3 Star Rating

From: $195

Best Western Suite Hotel New York City

The Best Western Hospitality House Hotel New York City, just steps from Rockefeller Center, specializes in apartment suites, and each room has a full kitchen and dine-in facilities. Apartments range in size from one bedroom to four, and complimentary breakfast is a perk each morning.

Dumont NYC

4 Star Rating

From: $154

Affinia Dumont Suite Hotel New York City

The Dumont NYC, an “Executive Fitness” Hotel is only a few short blocks to the Empire State Building. It is also close to the United Nations, Rockefeller Center, Madison Square Garden and Grand Central Station. Because the hotel is designed around business travelers, the rooms come in three configurations, each with an acceptable working or meeting area. There are studio, junior and single bedroom suites, each outfitted with a kitchenette for longer visits.

My girlfriend recently stayed here and said "They charge a slight premium for a sofa bed room, but we did have one. We had a queen/king and our son had the sofa bed. It had a very small kitchen and small bathroom. Overall, lovely."

Perks: Fitness Center and Healthy Lifestyle Choices

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Cheap Budget Hotels – Midtown East

Pod 39 Hotel NYC

2 Star Rating

From: $87

Pod Hotel -  Cheap Budget Hotels NYC

Targeting the “Hip and Thrifty” market, the Pod Hotel offers extremely compact, cleverly designed guestrooms with iPod docking stations and small LCD TVs. Rooms have shared or private baths and in-room displays indicate availability of the shared baths. The shared bathrooms feature rainfall showerheads, water jets built into the sides, and streaming music. Private bathrooms also have rainfall showerheads (no jets), along with sleek stainless-steel sinks. The Pod also offers suites with standard TVs, private bathrooms, and living areas with sofa beds.

Hotel 31 NYC

3 Star Rating

From: $80

Hotel 31 -  Cheap Budget Hotels NYC

Reflecting the eclectic, cosmopolitan personality of New York City itself, each of the 60 rooms in the eight-story Hotel 31 have their own unique decorative design. Stylish, comfortable, and very affordably priced, Hotel 31 offers accommodations for the discerning traveler on a budget.

Vanderbilt YMCA – Offering hotels for budget travelers from every continent, seven YMCAs in New York City provide great value for visitors who want to experience NYC’s multifaceted neighborhoods as well as its fabled sites and entertainment venues. Three YMCAs in Manhattan, two each in Brooklyn and Queens offer clean, comfortable and tranquil hostel accommodations for under $100 per night—in some cases, much less.

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Romantic New York City Hotel Deals – Midtown East

Hotel Elysée

4 Star Rating

From: $253

Romantic New York City Hotel - Hotel Elysée

Once the playground for the rich and famous, Hotel Elysée has been home to movie stars, artists, writers and intellectuals. Guests enjoy complimentary continental breakfast, cookies and coffee, an evening reception with champagne, wine and cheeses, wireless internet and more, while being central to all of Manhattan.

Romantic Packages: Suite Love Romantic New York City – Prepay your extended winter getaway in one of our three luxurious Premier Suites with features such as a baby grand piano once owned by Vladimir Horowitz, decorative fireplace, spacious bedroom with a King bed, dining area, kitchenette and based on availability, a magnificent terrace over-looking 54th Street.

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Courtyard Manhattan Fifth Avenue

3 Star Rating

From: $180

Courtyard by Marriott New York Manhattan Fifth Avenue

Make yourself at home in one of the 181 air-conditioned guestrooms, with complimentary wireless Internet and private bathrooms. A stay at Courtyard Fifth Avenue, puts you near the New York Public Library, Grand Central Terminal, Chrysler Building and Empire State Building.

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  • 4, 5, 6 to 42nd or 59th Street
  • B, D, F, V to Rockefeller Center
  • General Address: 875 Third Ave, NY, NY 10022

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Midtown East Printable Map

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