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Upper East Side Guide: The Best Things to do in Upper East Side New York City

Upper East Side

I’m so happy today to finally be sharing my Upper East Side Guide!  I’ve lived up here since I moved to the city in November of 2010 and I’ve been wanting to round up all of my favorite neighborhood spots for a while now. The thing is, every time I…

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LEAF Flower Festival NYC

This weekend in NYC the LEAF Flower Festival took place in the Meatpacking District. It was a two day long festival of flowers, meant to be NYC’s version of something like the Chelsea Flower Show in London. This is New York City’s first floral festival of its kind, and I’m…

Rizzoli Bookstore

Flatiron

Rizzoli New York is one of the preeminent publishers of gorgeous coffee table books on the subjects of design, fashion, food and more – they’ve published many of my favorite interior design books and I always look forward to seeing their new catalog each season. They also have a bookstore right in the heart of the Flatiron District that’s just gorgeous; full of their amazing coffee table tomes as well as novels, nonfiction and more!

The Butchers Daughter

Nolita

The Butcher’s Daughter is hands down my favorite healthy, vegetarian option in the city. I love their brunch and their smoothies are so good. My favorites are their pancakes, French toast, the spicy kale ceasar, and the 7 Minutes in Heaven and Brass Monkey smoothies. Delicious!

JG Melon

Upper East Side

JG Melon is my favorite Upper East Side spot for a just a simple, consistently great burger and fries. They have a decent sized menu and I want to try some other things, but it’s hard to resist that burger! It feels like a classic New York spot and I can’t recommend it enough. One thing to note is that it is cash-only. And ask for a matchbook!

The Corner Bookstore

Upper East Side

The Corner Bookstore is a charming, lovely little bookshop in Carnegie Hill (one of my favorite Upper East Side neighborhoods). They have a well-curated selection and all the Shop Around the Corner vibes. There’s little I love more than an independent bookstore and this is one of the most quiet and pleasant ones in the city!

 

The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Upper East Side

Every year the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute has a fashion exhibition with an interesting and creative theme, preceded by the Met Gala. The best one I ever saw was the Alexander McQueen exhibition, but they’re truly worth seeing every year! The Institute also often has a smaller scale fashion exhibition each fall.

Park Avenue Mums

Upper East Side

The Mall on Park Avenue, planted with tulips in spring, has a lovely and colorful display of chrysanthemums each fall.

Park Avenue Tulips

Upper East Side

The Park Avenue tulips are a welcome harbringer of spring in the Upper East Side each year. They’re planted and maintained by the Fund for Park Avenue and run from 54th Street all the way up to 86th Street. In fall, the Park Avenue tulips are replaced with colorful mums, which give way to Christmas trees around the holidays.

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