Field trip to the Upper East Side

It's not all beer funnels and test-tube shots up there. Here are fun ways to spend (lots of) money that don't involve binge drinking.



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  • Blue Tree

  • Blue Tree

  • Edit

  • Beijo

  • Ludivine

  • Ludivine

  • Ludivine

  • Pookie and Sebastian

  • Ludivine

  • Pookie and Sebastian

Blue Tree

Photographs: Diana Sonis

1 Blue Tree
Find something unusual (a set of red toy ants!) at this toy-slash-clothing-slash-home-goods store. “We carry stuff you wouldn’t necessarily find so easily,” says owner (and Gremlins star) Phoebe Cates. Grab a Lucky Beggar coin purse ($35) and head upstairs to find a navy sling bag with fire engine red strap ($425), a Tsunoda grey sweater with sewn-in silk blouse ($395) and a selection of colorful hats (from $45). 1283 Madison Ave between 91st and 92nd Sts (212-369-2583,

2 Edit
This one-time townhouse is now more like a giant closet complete with an outdoor patio, fireplace, grand staircase and library room. “We take the work out of shopping,” manager Roxanne Updegraph says. “We separate our merchandise by outfits—just like a real woman’s closet.” Classic looks are edited (get it?) to include an Elizabeth and James tattered wool blazer ($410), a Carlos Miele asymmetrical one-shoulder top with ruffles ($335) and Pollini cut-out suede high heels ($765). 1368 Lexington Ave between 90th and 91st Sts (212-876-1368,

3 Beijo
Follow the sounds of Brazilian bossa nova into this small pink-and-yellow-painted boutique stocked with clothing and accessories from all over Brazil. The most popular item? You guessed it—teeny-weeny bikinis. Stocking a variety of colors and prints (like a tiny hot-pink-and-gold number for $70), Beijo offers sexy sun-loving options year-round. “These aren’t even that small,” owner Cassia Christine says. “You should see what they’re like in Brazil.” Less revealing items, including a small selection of clothes and accessories—handmade Brazilian jewelry starts at $99—are also on offer. 1474 Third Ave between 83rd and 84th Sts (212-570-1199)

4 Ludivine
No need to book a flight to France for that Parisian chic look; Ludivine, a West Village mainstay, opened this second location less than a year ago, presenting styles you’re likely to find on the Champs-lyses. “You can always find a French restaurant in New York, but never a French boutique,” says owner Ludivine Gregoire. Her shops fill that void with men’s and women’s Golden Goose sneakers ($440), Faliero Sarti and Epice scarves (starting at $295) and Grey Maison Fabre suede fingerless gloves ($348). 1216 Lexington Ave between 82nd and 83rd Sts (212-249-4053,

5 Pookie and Sebastian
Going out later tonight? This trendy chain always has plenty of blouses, dressy jeans and not-too-flashy accessories perfect for a put-together barhopping look. The staff is super friendly and will happily help you try out a sequined black dress ($138), a brown leather shoulder bag with gold buckles ($148) or a rocker-chic silver studded bracelet ($44). 1069 Third Ave at 63rd St (212-991-9636,

Pit stops

While known for their huge selection of wine and romantic date atmosphere, Uva offers a weekend brunch special that you won’t want to pass up. Protein lovers: Choose from a variety of omelets made with organic eggs and served with rosemary potatoes ($7.50--$8.50). Those with a sweet tooth: Go with their apple and cinnamon pancakes ($6.50). 1486 Second Ave between 77th and 78th Sts (212-472-4552,

Caf Haba
Nestled between busy Second and Third Avenues, this quaint coffee shop is the perfect perching place to take a small midshopping break—there’s even plenty of space to stash your bags while you rest. Take advantage of the free Wi-Fi (to check your bank account balance) and $1.80 cups of coffee. 203 E 74th St between Second and Third Aves (212-734-1057)

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