Prestigious neighborhood with upscale shopping and dining.
Welcome to Upper East Side
The Upper East Side is an upscale neighborhood extending from Central Park and Fifth Avenue in the west to the East River in the east. This prestigious Manhattan neighborhood has long been one of the most sought-after addresses in NYC. The Upper East Side offers some of Manhattan’s best fine dining and impeccable haute couture shopping.
The grand historic townhouses and lavish mansions along Fifth Avenue represent the very highest end of the Manhattan real estate market. Other streets feature stately brownstones, full-service luxury apartment buildings, and some surprisingly affordable studio apartments and condos just a few blocks from Central Park.
What to Love
- Upscale shopping and beautiful boutiques
- Central Park and the Museum Mile
- Exceptional dining
- Grand historic real estate
People & Lifestyle
The Upper East Side first established its reputation as a haven for the NYC elite during the Gilded Age of the late 19th century. Upper-class families such as the Rockefellers, Roosevelts, and Kennedys have all long been associated with the neighborhood. The Upper East Side has also become a fashionable neighborhood for urban professionals seeking a convenient Manhattan location with spacious homes and a relaxed residential atmosphere.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The Upper East Side is famed for its high-end shopping and dining. The Penrose
is an upscale spot serving sophisticated food and drinks until 3 a.m. Inside this spacious and stylish establishment, gourmet takes on classic pub grub share the menu with an impressive selection of beers, wines, whiskies, and creative cocktails. Kosher deli Pastrami Queen
serves sublime sandwiches suitable for a monarch. Stuffed with generous servings of signature pastrami or other fillings such as corned beef and smoked turkey, these outstanding sandwiches are sold alongside specialties such as corned beef and matzo ball soup and other sides.
Buzzing bistro Amaranth
offers thoughtful Mediterranean dishes that fuse the culinary traditions of France and Italy. Exquisitely executed items such as focaccia robiola, al dente risotto, and a range of fresh seafood and pasta dishes can be enjoyed alongside a curated wine selection and cocktails. The terrace at Amaranth is the perfect place to sip a pre-dinner frozen cosmo on a sunny afternoon. Vicuolina
is a traditional white tablecloth Northern Italian trattoria serving elegant entrees in a warm neighborhood atmosphere. The menu includes a wide choice of excellent pasta dishes prepared with fresh seafood, Italian sausage, or chicken.
Madison Avenue is the neighborhood’s glamorous main shopping street, home to an exhaustive selection of powerhouse fashion brands. The eclectic Blue Tree
boutique can be found amid Madison Avenue’s glittering array of well-known labels. Owned by actress Phoebe Cates, Blue Tree sells a wide array of premium womenswear, jewelry, and home goods. Beautiful boutiques can be found dotted around the Upper East Side. Dejavu Boutique and Art Gallery
combines a stylish, high-end womenswear store downstairs with a fine art gallery upstairs. Creel and Gow
is stocked with exotic curiosities, antiques, unique handicrafts, and home furnishings.
Things to Do
Properties fronting Central Park
along the Upper East Side stretch of Fifth Avenue have long ranked high on the list of the world’s most desirable real estate. Proximity to this sprawling, iconic greenspace is one of the main reasons the Upper East Side is so sought-after.
The Museum Mile along Fifth Avenue features some of the most visited cultural attractions in the world. The striking Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
attracts well over one million visitors every year. The Guggenheim showcases many exceptional temporary exhibitions alongside its permanent collection, including some of the world’s finest examples of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern, and contemporary art.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
— one of the largest museums on the planet — is another of the Museum Mile’s star attractions. Its collection ranges from classical antiquity and ancient Egypt through European masters to American and modern artworks. The Met also features extensive collections of musical instruments, costumes, and weaponry from a vast array of cultures and time periods. Iconic artists with paintings on display at the Met include Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Francisco Goya, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and Henri Matisse.
Schools in the Upper East Side are operated by the New York City Department of Education.