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.

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, 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

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
  • 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

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, quaint and tiny brownstone

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, packed happy hour, 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

McFadden’s Saloon – Irish Pub

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

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. 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

  • The Jewel facing Rockefeller Center - great value and location. My NY high school classmates stayed here for our reunion
  • Night Hotel - Rated the #1 Sexiest Hotel in America (best for couples)
  • 3 West Club - consistently receives excellent reviews, especially the location and value for the price.

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:

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Boutique Hotels – Midtown East

The Maxwell New York City

The Maxwell New York City

Rebranded in May 2018, formerly the W New York, The Maxwell still offers the cult Bliss products, as well as the Bliss 49 Spa, and former W guests love the newly branded hotel. The Maxwell New York City offers a soulful sanctuary within the city and is close to museums, Times Square, Broadway and the business district. Guests rave about great location, accommodating staff, excellent food, room service and Heartbeat restaurant.

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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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.

Pod 39 Hotel NYC

Seton Hotel NYC

4 Star Rating

From: $137

Seton Hotel NYC

The Seton Economy Option, (SEO), 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.

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

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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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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