Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museum Mile and Luxury Shopping

The Upper East Side is an upscale, residential neighborhood filled with young professionals, families and many famous socialites, politicians and celebrities. It is home to “Museum Mile,” some uber-upscale shopping, the Mayor’s mansion and the homes on Fifth Avenue, along Central Park, are some of the most exclusive in all of Manhattan, and are currently the backdrop for television shows such as “Gossip Girl” and “The Real Housewives of New York.”

Things to Do | Hotels | Discount Passes | Printable Map

Recommended Restaurants | Shopping

Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC
Metropolitan Museum of Art


Things to Do

Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 5th Ave, 82nd St) –  more than 2 million works of art spanning 5,000 years of world culture.  Suggested: $25;  $17, 65+, $12 students, under 12 free. Fri/Sat night, 6-8 pm, classical string quartet above theGreat Hall and definitely try and see the roof view in summer, overlooking Central Park.

Guggenheim Museum (1071 5th Ave, 89th)building itself is an architectural icon, exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, closed Thurs.

Museum Mile (5th Ave, 82nd to 105th) also includes:

  • Frick Collection (1 E 70th, 5th Ave),
  • Jewish Museum (1109 5th Ave, 92nd/93rd),
  • Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (2 E 91st, 5th Ave)

Gracie Mansion, the mayoral abode (except for Mayor Bloomberg), a historic house on 88th and East End Ave, overlooking the East River and surrounded by a waterfront park.


Upper East Side and Discount Passes

The New York Pass

The New York Pass Includes:

  • Suggested donation to The Met ($25)
  • Museum of the City of New York ($10 adult)
  • Guggenheim Museum Admission ($25)
  • Central Park TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour ($24)
  • UPTOWN New York TV & Movie Sites bus tour ($32)
  • 20% Discount on other On Location Tours, like Gossip Girl and Central Park Movies & TV

New York Explorer Pass

  • Suggested donation to The Met
New York CityPASS

New York CityPASS

  • Suggested donation to The Met
  • Choice of Guggenheim Museum OR Top of the Rock

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Upper East Side Recommended Restaurants

Papaya King (86th,3rd Ave)– grab a hot dog at the famous NYC institution.

Big Daddy’s (1596 2nd Ave, 83rd) – casual, burgers, shakes, tater tots and fries. Balloons, wall murals, lunch boxes. Great for kids.

Uva Wine Bar (1486 2nd Ave, 77th St) – small, quaint, good tapas.

Café Boulud (20 76th, Madison Ave) – sister restaurant to top-rated French, Daniel (65th & Mad). Less expensive, but not cheap. Jackets recommended for men.

B. Café (240 E 75th, 2nd/3rd Ave) – Belgian bistro with great mussels, fries and beer, outdoor garden in summer.

Thousands more restaurants on 2nd and 3rd Aves, 50s to 90s Sts.

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Upper East Side Shopping

Madison Ave (58th to 88th) – Bottega Veneta, Chanel, Chloe, Christian Louboutin, Dolce & Gabbana, Gianni Versace, Giorgio Armani, Jimmy Choo, La Perla, Prada and dozens more high-end designer stores and local boutiques.

Boutiques – more unique and local flavor along 3rd Ave in the 70s, lots of children’s, tween, teen and adult stores.

INA (208 73rd, 2nd/3rd Ave), Designer Resale (324 E 81st, 1st/2nd Aves) are two great designer resale shops (the Madison Ave shoppers who wear things once, if at all, and sell or donate them).


Upper East Side Hotels

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New York City Luxury Hotels – Upper East Side

The Pierre Hotel

5 Star Rating

From: $540

Pierre Hotel NYC

The Pierre, on Fifth Avenue overlooking Central Park, recently completed a $100 million renovation to create new guestroom and bath interiors and reconfigure first floor public areas to include London’s classic brasserie, Le Caprice and Two E Bar/Lounge. Staff outnumber guests by a ratio of three to one. The Pierre’s history is as rich and deep as that of the Vanderbilts, Morgans, Astors, Chryslers and E.F. Hutton, all famed guests of the original restaurant, and much like these names, The Pierre Hotel is a New York City icon.

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The Carlyle

5 Star Rating

From: $344

Carlyle Hotel NYC

A recipient of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Hotel in New York award, The Carlyle Hotel has been called home by leaders in world affairs, business, society and the arts since its debut in 1930. Brilliantly positioned on Madison Avenue in Manhattan’s Upper East Side overlooking Central Park, it is a true New York City landmark — a showcase of great art, a purveyor of privacy and a sanctuary of luxury and refined taste. Café Carlyle, the piano bar, hosts stars like Woody Allen regularly.

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The Mark Hotel

The Mark Hotel NYC

The Mark Hotel includes a state-of-the-art gym, spacious guest rooms, The Mark Restaurant by Jean Georges, large soaking tubs and many more top of the line luxuries. Reviewers say, "From the bell man to to the front desk and concierge, they were all very hospitable and helpful. Their Tesla house car was a very nice perk too."


The Surrey

The Surrey Hotel NYC

The Surrey offers a seasonal (and highly coveted) private rooftop garden, Café Boulud (very popular restaurant), divine bed linens, a spa and luxury bath amenities.


Hotel Plaza Athenee

5 Star Rating

From: $450

Hotel Plaza Athenee NYC Upper East Side

37 E 64th St (at Madison)

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Loews Regency

4 Star Rating

From: $299

Loews Hotel NYC Upper East Side

540 Park Ave
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Subways

  • 6 to 68th, 77th, 86th (also 4/5), 96th
  • General Address: 59 East 79th St, New York, NY 10075

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