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.

Midtown East NYC Neighborhood Guide
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), Right across from Bloomingdale’s

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 NYC

Bryant Park, in the heart of Midtown, just next to the New York Public Library and a few blocks from Grand Central Station, is home to thousands of free events and programs every year, including free movies, free Broadway, free ice skating, the annual Skate-tacular (Christmas Tree Lighting), Holiday Markets and Winter Village. A small selection of the tours and classes they offer include arts & crafts, yoga, juggling, fencing, poetry, kung fu, beekeeping and just about everything else you can think of. Enjoy our Bryant Park Guide.

Bryant Park NYC

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.

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Midtown East Discount Passes and Tours

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New York City Pass Discounts

The New York Pass:

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

New York Explorer Pass

  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  • Rockefeller Center Tour
  • Top of the Rock
  • United Nations Guided Tour

New York CityPASS

  • Choice of Top of the Rock or Guggenheim Museum

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Recommended Restaurants

Tao Uptown (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 restaurants in MoMA)

Sofia Wine Bar & Cafe – (242 E 50th / 2nd Ave) – Tapas, amazing meatballs, quaint and tiny brownstone. Quintessential NYC.

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, packed happy hour, old NYC institution

Serafina Osteria (58th b/w Park and Mad) – northern italian, beautiful garden at their Alwayslocation (61st b/w Mad and Park). There are 10 Serafina’s in NYC, each different, and you can’t go wrong at any of them.

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

McFadden’s Saloon – Irish Pub, a NYC classic

Kurant – (1091 2nd Ave @ 58th) wine bar & casual restaurant. Lunch, brunch, dinner & daily happy hour in the understated elegance of exposed brick and reclaimed wood.

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

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. See More: Holiday Lights Tours

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Midtown East Hotels

Luxury | Suite | Boutique | Cheap | Romantic 

Best Hotels Near Rockefeller Center

Some of our top value picks near Rockefeller Center include:

Hotels Near Rockefeller Center

See the Insider Guide for dozens more Hotels Near Rockefeller Center. Rockefeller Center runs from 47th - 50th Streets, between 5th and 6th Aves. Download our free neighborhood maps at Midtown East Hotels and Midtown West Hotels

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Luxury Hotels in Midtown NYC

Any luxury hotel in Midtown NYC provides you with our top of the line accommodations while placing you in the heart of all the action. From decadent dining to killer skyline views to the world's best spas, these luxury hotels put you in the premier location in the heart of the best city in the world.

St. Regis Hotel NYC Milano Suite

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Spacious Suite Hotels in Midtown NYC

Many NYC visitors love staying in Midtown, putting them within a mile of Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, Grand Central, Empire State Building, Broadway, Times Square and tons of restaurants and shopping. One could easily spend 2-3 days in Midtown alone and only see a fraction of all there is to offer. Some of our top spacious and family-friendly Midtown Suite Hotels include:

Spacious Suite Hotels in Midtown NYC

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Boutique Hotels – Midtown East

Library Hotel NYC

The Library Hotel has some of THE most interesting rooms in all of NYC and an awesome rooftop! The 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.

Romantic Packages: The Guilty Pleasure Package, Erotica Package and several other choices.

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The Gotham Hotel

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

The Gotham Hotel NYC

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Cheap Budget Hotels – Midtown East

Pod 39 Hotel NYC

Targeting the “Hip and Thrifty” market, the Pod 39 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.

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Seton Hotel NYC

The Seton Economy Option, (SEO) at the Seton Hotel, designed for travelers on a budget, offers a price point significantly lower than traditional hotel rooms and includes: a beautifully designed room with a double bed and a vanity sink, a shared bathroom (2-4 rooms per floor), complimentary robe and slippers to make your way to and from the bathroom and free Wifi.

Seton Hotel NYC

The Seton was built in 1931, and converted from an apartment building to a hotel in 1945. Make yourself at home in one of the 60 air-conditioned rooms featuring 32" in-room flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, beautiful décor, premium bedding, newly renovated bathrooms and more. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as desks and blackout drapes/curtains.

  • Discount Rates: Seton Hotel
  • 144 East 40th Street, NY, NY 10016 (between 3rd and Lexington Avenues)

Hotel 31 NYC

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

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Vanderbilt YMCA NYC

Vanderbilt YMCA – Offering hotels (or hostels, depends on your definition) 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.

Vanderbilt YMCA

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Romantic New York City Hotel Deals – Midtown East

Hotel Elysée

Once the playground for the rich and famous, Hotel Elysée has been home to movie stars, artists, writers and intellectuals. Hotel Elysée has been repeatedly honored as the “Most Romantic New York City Hotel” by Business Insider, and one online hotel reviewer titled their photo "The Most Romantic Hotel Room in the World."

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 New York City Hotel | Hotel Elysée

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

Make yourself at home in one of the 181 air-conditioned guestrooms at the Marriott Courtyard NY Manhattan/ Fifth Avenue, with complimentary wifi, fitness center, business center and concierge services.

Hotels Near Grand Central Station


  • 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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