Museum Mile, Luxury Shopping, Socialites

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 and the Mayor’s mansion. The homes on Fifth Avenue, along Central Park, are some of the most exclusive in all of Manhattan. You’ve likely seen the Upper East Side on Gossip Girl, Sex and the City, The Real Housewives of New York, I Love Lucy, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and dozens of other times on your screens.

Some of most luxurious hotels flow along 5th and Madison Avenues, many with incredible Central Park and skyline views, large luxury suites and jacuzzi tubs. Our world-famous hotels include The Surrey, The Pierre, The Carlyle, The Mark (no, I don’t why they all start with “The”), Plaza Athenee, The Lowell and more.

Upper East Side NYC Things to Do

Museums, Shopping and Central Park are pretty much the best things to do on the UES. Museum Mile, which stretches along 5th Ave from 82nd to 105th Streets is home to The Met, Goethe-Institut, Neue Galerie, The Guggenheim, National Academy Museum and School, Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, The Jewish Museum, Museum of the City of New York, El Museo del Barrio and Museum for African Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 5th Ave, 82nd St) –  The Met is home to more than 2 million works of art spanning 5,000 years of world culture.  I personally LOVE to visit on Fri/Sat nights, 6-8 pm, when a classical string quartet plays above the Great Hall and if you’re lucky, you can get a table and order some appetizers and wine. Definitely try and see the Martini Roof in summer – the views overlooking Central Park are phenomenal.

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Guggenheim Museum (1071 5th Ave, 89th) – The building itself is an architectural icon and you can view exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.

Guggenheim Museum NYC

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)

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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.

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Upper East Side NYC Sightseeing Passes

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To explore the UES using your passes, you’ll want to look for The Met, Guggenheim, Museum of the City of New York, and the Central Park TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour.

  1. Go directly to the New York Sightseeing Pass Website to check out the details of the pass
  2. Compare prices at: New York Passes and NYC Attractions Passes, where there are always great deals and discounts
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Upper East Side NYC Recommended Restaurants

Papaya King (86th @ 3rd Ave) – grab a hot dog at the famous NYC institution. There are a few things always guaranteed to stir up an age-old NYC argument – if you want to see the locals riot, just ask them: best pizza, neighborhood borders, Yankees vs Mets and Papaya King vs Gray’s Papaya. Carrie Bradshaw preferred Gray’s while Cosmo Kramer & Julia Child preferred Papaya King. Judge for yourself. Judge for yourself.

Uva Wine Bar (1486 2nd Ave, 77th St) – small, quaint, good tapas – consistently rave reviews from New Yorkers since 2005.

Sfoglia (1402 Lex @ 92nd St) – authentic "to-die-for" italian with homeade pastas, amazing bolognese and right across the street from the 92nd Street Y.

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

Jones Wood Foundry – gastropub British taproom, with scottish eggs, indoor & outdoor dining, fish & chips, bangers & mash. Also very kid friendly before "bar hours".

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

There are thousands more restaurants on 2nd and 3rd Aves, from the 50s to 90s Sts.

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Upper East Side NYC Neighborhood Guide Shopping

Madison Ave (58th to 88th) –Bottega Veneta, Burberry, 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.

Resale Clothing on the Upper East Side

Since the UES is filled with residents who shop at the stores on Madison mentioned above, who absolutely can never be seen in the same outfit twice, the resale and consignment shops here are the best in the city. Here are some to try and there are dozens more.

  • Designer Revival (324 E 81st, 1st/2nd Aves)
  • Michael’s
  • La Boutique Resale
  • Encore
  • Tatiana

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Upper East Side NYC Hotels

Luxury Hotels Upper East Side

If your dreams of a NYC vacation conjure images of strolling Museum Mile, views of Central Park, shopping along the famed Fifth Avenue, rubbing elbows with socialites and celebrities and dining at some of New York's best restaurants, then Luxury Hotels Upper East Side are exactly where you want to book.

The Surrey Hotel NYC - Luxury Hotels Upper East Side

  • The Surrey - private rooftop garden, Café Boulud (photo)
  • The Pierre - favorite of the Vanderbilts, Astors, Chryslers and E.F. Hutton
  • The Carlyle - Travel + Leisure's World's Best Hotel

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Suite Hotels New York City – Upper East Side

Gardens Suites Hotel by Affinia

The all-suite Gardens Suites Hotel by Affinia is a home away from home for any NYC visitor. I actually know several New York families who choose this hotel for long term stays when they are renovating their apartments. East 64th gives you easy access to Fifth Avenue shopping, Central Park, Museum Mile and all the attractions in Midtown. The suites have modern furnishings, full kitchens and living areas and some have terraces with views.

“The room size was nice & spacious for our party of 6 – 3 adults & 3 children. We absolutely love the full sized kitchen that had a complete set of pots & pans and adequate kitchenware.”

Gardens Suites Hotel by Affinia

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Hotel Plaza Athenee

Loews Regency

Just two blocks from Central Park, on the edge of Midtown and the Upper East Side, sits the Loews Regency, with neutrally-colored guest rooms and huge suites, comfortable mattresses, staff and personal service guests rave about and a stone’s throw from NYC’s best department stores and shopping.

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Upper East Side NYC Subways

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

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Upper West Side

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Central Park

Central Park offers 843 gorgeous acres to explore and 100s of things to do, which is why we consider it an unofficial neighborhood. Central Park draws 38 million visits a year and is home to the Central Park Film Festival, SummerStage, Shakespeare in the Park, Ice Skating, Central Park Zoo, Bow Bridge, biking, playgrounds, the Carousel and much more.

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Garment District / Fashion Center

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Chelsea & Hudson Yards

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West Village

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Upper East Side NYC

The Upper East Side is an upscale, residential neighborhood and home to Museum Mile, some uber-upscale shopping and Gracie Mansion. The homes on Fifth Avenue, along Central Park, are some of the most exclusive in all of Manhattan. You've likely seen the Upper East Side on Gossip Girl, Sex and the City, The Real Housewives of New York, I Love Lucy, Breakfast at Tiffany's and dozens of other times on your screens.

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East Village

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  • To Do: Blue Man Group & Stomp, St. Mark's Place, Nightlife, Speakeasies, Curry Lane

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Chinatown NYC

Chinatown NYC is a small, but very densely packed area of shops and restaurants. It is really fun to walk around, enjoy the culture, pick up some souvenirs, and most definitely, eat some delicious and affordable Dim Sum, dumplings, pork buns and other amazing Chinese cuisines.

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  • To Do: Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), Mahayana Buddhist Temple, Dim Sum & Dumplings

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Little Italy NYC

Little Italy NYC Guide is a just a few blocks, with tons of outdoor restaurants and owners promising free wine and sangria to lure you in. Puglia is a favorite restaurant for families with their live singing and kids standing on their chairs waving napkins. Visit the new Italian American Museum, which tells the story "from Columbus to Cuomo," the original Old St. Patrick's Church and NYC Police Headquarters.

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