The Upper East Side of NYC is known for the home of the wealthy (and hard to get to via the subway) but is actually a pretty cool area full of museums and shopping. Check out my guide for the perfect day below.
Start at… Maison Kayser for a French breakfast (or just grab something from the beautiful pastry case). The food is fresh and beautifully presented. I’m a sucker for their avocado toast which is somehow way tastier than anything I can make at home.
Then… the Met. It’s an incredible museum that you could spend hours in. Get lost in multiple cultures. Famous artists include Picasso, van Gogh, Monet, and Degas. Make sure to check out the Modern & Contemporary Art wing and The Temple of Dendur (Egypt).
Once you’ve walked up an appetite, head back to 3rd Avenue to Pizza Beach for lunch. They’ve got unique pizzas on the menu. If it’s nice out, get it to go and sit in the park or channel Gossip Girl and sit on the Met steps.
Then head up 5th Avenue to the Guggenheim. It’s a modern art museum where the building itself is almost more impressive than it’s artwork. Wind up the inside of the atrium while checking out famous works from Picasso, Manet, Mondrian, Cezanne, and especially Calder, whose Red Lily Ponds mobile is a key feature of the main floor of the atrium. The audio guide is free so don’t forget to pick it up at the entrance.
Then head to the top of Museum Mile to the Museum of the City of New York. Start in the Basement with Timescapes, a 30 minute film about the history of New York. It’ll give you reference for the rest of the museum which houses rotating exhibits. The museum isn’t very well known but it’s a great museum and you’ll learn a lot about NYC.
Then head south for some window shopping on Madison Ave or hop the 6th train downtown. Stop at Bloomingdale’s or just take a look at the windows.
For Dinner, go to Relais de Venise. This menu has one thing on the menu – steak frites. And you get as much as you want plus unlimited salad. It’s an old world NYC place and it’s delicious.
After dinner, head to The Jeffrey for a nightcap. It’s a cozy bar right by the Queensboro Bridge with a huge rotating beer list. It’s also a coffee shop by day so it’s sure to fill your beverage needs.