Upper East Side is the area where you will find some of Manhattan’s best museum, The Metropolitan, the Guggenheim and the Whitney Museum of Modern Art are all here in this wealthy neighbourhood.
The area stretches from the 59th street and to the border of Midtown at around 96th street, the part that is bordering the Spanish Harlem. It also lies between Central Park and the East River.
It oozes old money over parts of the Upper East Side, especially at around the 5th avenue that follows the Central Park and Park Avenue between 60th street and 96th street which has some of New York’s finest residential addresses.
But there are other parts of the Upper East Side with more moderate prices and apartments.
Madison Avenue that runs between the two is the most exclusive shopping street.
A small selection of places that we recommend:
Barneys New York
9 floors of luxury and elegance. High-end fashion for both men and women. Take a shopping break and relax in the restaurant Fred’s at the top which is full of celebrities and chic Upper East girls.
660 Madison Avenue
A New York classic art-deco style that exudes luxury and quality. You will find a good collection of clothes, shoes, accessories as well as furniture and interior decoration things. They also have a large assortment of fine linen and bath towels.
Bloomingdale’s has been around since 1886.
1000 Third Ave
Central Park it´s a must when you visit New York. A lush oasis in the chaos. The park is huge but it’s still easy to find your way around thanks to all maps of the area.
Take a lunch or coffee at the famous The Boat House and look at all the couples, who are out on a romantic boat ride on the lake. There is also a nice little zoo which is worth visiting.
Fun pop art gallery selling expensive posters, art books and works of art including Damien Hirst, Marc Newson, Richard Prince, Jeff Koons among others.
980 Madison Avenue
Lexington Candy Shop
Here you won´t find any candy as you might think, but an old retro diner with leather booths and classic art deco bar stools. Lexington Candy Shop has been around since 1925. Eat your self full on burgers, salads, traditional bagels, club sandwiches and milkshakes.
1226 Lexington Avenue
Museum of the City of New York (MCNY)
If you are your curious on New York’s history, this is the museum for you. In the museum there are about 1.5 million things related to New York’s history, from the Dutch period to the present and the special exhibitions that are linked to the 5 different counties. Fun Museum shop with lots of New York stuff.
1220 Fifth Ave.
Neue Galerie & Cafe Sabarsky
A small compact museum situated in a beautiful house from 1914. The museum is dedicated to the 1900 century art from Germany and Austria. Do you need a rest, take a coffee or lunch in one of the two great cafées – Café Fledermus and Café Sabarsky.
1048 5th avenue
The world famous art museum in Central Park which you just have to experience. Just as exciting on the outside as it´s inside. The architect Frank Lloyd Wright created the unusual house that looks like a white spiral and it opened 1959. Modern art and a lot of fantastic rotating exhibitions + a great museum shop.
On Saturdays from 5.45 pm to 7.45 pm you pay what you wish in entrance fee. The rest of the time it cost us$79.
1071 5th avenue
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Often referred simply as the Met, is one of the largest and most important art museum. Here is a huge range of art from around the world and that extend over 5000 years. The permanent exhibition is divided into 19 departments, ranging from paintings and sculptures from nearly all European great painters, American, Asian and modern art, from the musical instruments, clothing to weapons, just to name a fraction.
Don´t miss the rooftop terrace that offers a fantastic view of Central Park and all the grand houses around it.
1000 Fifth Ave
The Whitney Museum
Another excellent museum with a wonderful atmosphere. At Whitney you have seven floors filled with over 18 000 works of art, among others works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Charles Sheeler and Jackson Pollock. It is very popular so try to avoid coming on the weekends. Weekday afternoons seems best.
945 Madison Avenue
Viand Coffee Shop
Classic American diner that is famous for its legendary turkey sandwiches.
673 Madison Avenue