Upper East Side guide: The best of the neighborhood

Find the best restaurants, bars, shops, attractions and things to do on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum


Gorgeous prewar apartments owned by blue-blooded socialites, soigné restaurants frequented by Botoxed ladies who lunch, the deluxe boutiques of international designers.… This is the clichéd image of the Upper East Side, and you’ll certainly see a lot of supporting evidence on Fifth, Madison and Park Avenues. Recently, however, pockets of downtown cool have migrated north, notably the growing food-and-drink enclave pioneered by Earl’s Beer and Cheese.

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Encouraged by the opening of Central Park in the late 1800s, affluent New Yorkers began building mansions along Fifth Avenue. By the start of the 20th century, even the superwealthy had warmed to the idea of giving up their large homes for smaller quarters, provided they were near the park, which resulted in the construction of many new apartment blocks and hotels. Working-class folk later settled around Second and Third Avenues, following construction of the defunct elevated East Side train line, but affluence remained the neighborhood’s dominant characteristic. Philanthropic gestures made by the moneyed classes over the past 130-odd years have helped to create the impressive cluster of art collections on Museum Mile—from 82nd to 105th Streets, Fifth Avenue is lined with more than half a dozen celebrated institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Frick Collection.

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Map of the Upper East Side and travel information

The Upper East Side of Manhattan is east of Central Park, running from Fifth Avenue to the East River and extending north from E 59th Street to E 110th Street, where it borders East Harlem. The neighborhood encompasses several sub-nabes: Lenox Hill (E 59th St to E 77th St from Fifth Ave to Lexington Ave), Carnegie Hill (E 86th St to E 96th St between Fifth Ave and Lexington Aves) and Yorkville (E 79th St to E 96th St from Third Ave to the East River).

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Restaurants on the Upper East Side

Sasabune NY

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 401 E 73rd St, at First Ave
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The Penrose

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 1590 Second Ave, between 82nd and 83rd Sts
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Daniel

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 60 E 65th St, between Madison and Park Aves, 10021
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Café Boulud

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 20 E 76th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10021
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Museums on the Upper East Side

  1. Neue Galerie New York 1048 Fifth Ave, at 86th St
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Mon Jun 30
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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 1071 Fifth Ave, at 89th St, 10128
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
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Whitney Museum of American Art

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 945 Madison Ave, at 75th St, 10021
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Bars on the Upper East Side

The Penrose

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 1590 Second Ave, between 82nd and 83rd Sts
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Earl's Beer and Cheese

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 1259 Park Ave, between 97th and 98th Sts, 10029
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The Guthrie Inn

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Critics choice
  1. 1259 Park Ave, between 97th and 98th Sts
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ABV

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 1504 Lexington Ave, at 97th St
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Shops on the Upper East Side

Make Meaning

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 501 Third Ave, between 84th and 85th Sts
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Schutz

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 655 Madison Ave, between 60th and 61st Sts, 10065
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Barneys New York

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 660 Madison Ave, at 61st St
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Le Pain Quotidien

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 1131 Madison Ave, between 84th and 85th Sts, 10021-47
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