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

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.

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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)

Museum Mile NYC

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

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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Hotel Plaza Athenee


From: $450

Hotel Plaza Athenee NYC Upper East Side

37 E 64th St (at Madison)

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Loews Regency

Loews Hotel NYC Upper East Side

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

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