As a Manhattanite, born and raised on the Upper East Side, this guide of my favorite restaurants to eat at, places to see, and activities to do, will make your experience unforgettable. Whether you’re a local, now discovering these spots, or a tourist wanting to visit the UES confidently.
Brunch Spots, Restaurants + Sweets:
Sarabeth’s: American Fare serving breakfast, lunch, & dinner — this is my go-to spot for brunch! They have such a variety of fun, unique tasty dishes. Their Apple-Cinnamon French Toast is 10/10!
Sant Ambroeus at Sotheby’s: A classic Italian café with authentic pastries, drinks and paninis. If you’re overwhelmed with so many options, the Chai Tea Latte and Croissant is my simple go-to.
Ladurée: Parisian tea and macarons! Ladurée has the best macarons, and the atmosphere is so inviting.
Dorrian’s: A staple of the Upper East Side since 1960! They serve classic American dishes, and the service is always wonderful. You can never go wrong with a tasty burger and fries!
BG Restaurant: Enjoy afternoon tea with views of Central Park, from the seventh floor of Bergdorf Goodman!
Cantor Rooftop Garden Bar: Located on the fifth floor of The MET, with delicious eats, cocktails and breathtaking views of Central Park!
Where To Go:
Central Park Conservatory Garden: Located at Fifth Ave and 105th Street, this stunning six-acres garden of English, French and Italian seasonal plants is a must see.
Shakespeare & Co. and The Corner Bookstore: I adore bookstores, especially if they’re independently owned. The selection is so much better, and I frequently find first edition classic literature books!
Carl Schurz Park: No words can justify how beautiful this park is, until you see it for yourself! What’s better than a scenic skyline view on your run? NOTHING!
Things To Do:
Walking Tour of the UES: The Big Onion is New York City’s best walking tour! Their “Upper East Side: A Clash of Titans” tour is all about the history of the East 60s & 70s.
Tour Gracie Mansion: There’s a waitlist for the tours, but if you manage to get tickets, I recommend visiting this Historic Landmark.
Gossip Girl Locations Tour: If you’re a fan of Gossip Girl, GetYourGuide has the perfect tour to see the iconic locations and sites of the Upper East Side!
Hotels To Stay At:
If you’re visiting the UES, and want to stay in walking distance to these restaurants and attractions, I recommend; The Surrey, The Mark, the Courtyard by Marriott on E 92nd St. and The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotels.
Stay fabulous, Sarah 💋