Upper East Side Neighborhood Guide

Manhattan's Upper East Side has culture, shopping and NYC's wealthiest residents

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The Upper East Side is home to many of the wealthiest New Yorkers, as well as Museum Mile and world class shopping. It is a convenient location for exploring Central Park, as well as the many museums along Museum Mile. The famous Madison Avenue is home to many couture and designer shops, and even if you can't afford to buy anything, the window shopping is extraordinary.

Park Avenue is lined with gorgeous pre-war apartment buildings and the gardening down the median make it a lovely place to stroll. The Upper East Side is also home to many of Manhattan's Luxury Hotels.

Upper East Side Map

Upper East Side Subways:

  • 4, 5, 6(local) runs along Lexington
    - 59th Street/Lexington
    - 68th Street/Hunter College (local)
    - 77th Street (local)
    - 86th Street
    - 96th Street (local)
    - 103 Street(local)
    - 110th Street (local)

Upper East Side Neighborhood Boundaries

  • between 59th & 110th Street
  • from East River to Central Park East

Upper East Side Architecture

  • Museum Mile is the stretch of Fifth Avenue between 72nd & 104th Streets. It was once named Millionaire's Row, and continues to be lined with the former mansions of the Upper East Side's wealthiest residents.
  • Many residential streets are lined with brownstones, many of which are designated as landmark buildings.

Upper East Side Restaurants

  • Serendipity III - famous for its frozen hot chocolate, you'll have to make a reservation (and actually order a meal, not just ice cream) if you want to avoid a long wait at this NYC icon
  • Daniel - one of New York City's most refined restaurants, Daniel Boulud's French food is destination worthy
  • EJ's Luncheonette - this Upper East Side diner has something for everyone and is reminiscent of the 1940s/50s style diners, but it's actually much younger
  • J.G. Melon - one of New York City's most famous burger joints is located on 3rd Avenue
  • Sarabeth's - if you're after a rich brunch or delicious baked goods, Sarabeth's will fit the bill
  • Tony's Di Napoli - this is a great spot for groups and families, serving up family-style portions of Italian food since 1959

Upper East Side Attractions

  • Frick Collection - visit this Fifth Avenue mansion that belonged to Henry Clay Frick to see how NYC's wealthiest folks lived and collected art
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art - probably New York City's most famous art museum, the Met has a tremendous permanent collection, as well as ever-changing temporary exhibits
  • Guggenheim Museum - the Frank Lloyd Wright building is reason enough to visit, but the eclectic exhibitions featured in the unique space are worth seeing too
  • Central Park - a real oasis in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park is a great spot to picnic, people watch or just escape from the concrete jungle
  • The Jewish Museum - permanent and temporary exhibits at this Museum Mile institution explore Jewish values and traditions through art and artifacts
  • Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
  • Neue Gallerie
  • Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden - located just off the FDR, this 1799 building allows visitors to imagine what NYC used to be like

Upper East Side Shopping

  • Madison Avenue - even if you can't afford the high priced wares, window shopping along Madison Avenue is a lovely way to spend the day
  • Bloomingdales - one of New York City's largest department stores, Bloomies is fun to visit whether you have something to buy or not. And the frozen yogurt at 40 Carrots is great too!
  • Barney's - if you want to visit a department store with New York edge, head to Barney's

Upper East Side Hotels