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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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Dante West Village

West Village

Dante is one of my favorite spots in the West Village for creative, beautiful drinks, as well as delicious brunch. They also have the most charming branding, which features NYC illustrations by the wonderful Riley Sheehey (do not miss the wallpaper in the bathroom!).


Anita Gelato

Upper East Side

Anita Gelato at 81st and Second Avenue has the most amazing gelato, and a range of creative (but not off the wall) flavors that will make choosing just one or two really tough! They also have lines around the block at times so don’t be surprised – promise it’s worth the wait!

Located at: 1561 2nd Ave
Open Mon- Sun: 8 am – 11 pm


Upper West Side

Motorino has SUCH good pizza! I love that they have a big selection of both white and red pizzas, and I also highly recommend the artichoke appetizer. Just so so good.



Rubirosa is definitely one of the best sit-down pizza spots in the city. Located in the heart of one of my favorite neighborhoods (Nolita), Rubirosa offers inventive, but simple and delicious pizza in a laidback setting. I’ve gone a few times so I don’t think it’s TOO hard to get a reservation, but definitely plan ahead or try to get there early. You won’t regret it!

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


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


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!

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