Welcome to the Upper East Side
The affluent, sophisticated New York City neighborhood known for Fifth Avenue, Museum Mile and the iconic Central Park
The Upper East Side is an affluent pocket of sophistication, world-class shopping and the heart of New York's cultural scene. Home to the beautiful Central Park and serene East River Park and Promenade, the Upper East Side combines leafy, lush surroundings with luxurious amenities and some of the best shopping and dining in the world.
Here you can shop world-class designers on Fifth Avenue or visit the Guggenheim and the Met on the famous Museum Mile. The options here are limitless, and it all comes with a classic New York sensibility.
What to Love
- Famous Museum Mile
- Shopping on Madison Avenue
- Dozens of acclaimed restaurants
- Quintessential NYC charm
- Beautiful, upscale atmosphere
- Accessible public transportation
People and Lifestyle
The famous Upper East Side gets its reputation for exclusivity and luxury because of its bespoke atmosphere, beautiful surroundings and world-class amenities. Some of the most prominent families in the world have made the Upper East Side their home. This high-profile neighborhood is one of the most refined and affluent in all of Manhattan.
The UES represents a hallmark of New York City culture. This sophisticated nook is home to the iconic Museum Mile and the incredible shopping on Fifth Avenue. Real estate options come with a surprising range of prices and include affordable spaces perfect for growing families. Professionals and young families are attracted to the area because of its access to excellent entertainment options, the top-ranked schools and the relaxed, easygoing pace of the neighborhood.
Dining, Shopping and Entertainment
Avra Madison Estiatorio pays homage to the Greek goddess for which the restaurant is named with artful landscaping that includes a beautiful pond and lush outdoor gardens. This bi-level eatery is a staple located just steps away from Central Park and serves decadent Greek cuisine and seafood. Speaking of seafood, Flex Mussels is the best location for fresh Prince Edward Island mussels. This casual seafood restaurant serves the freshest mussels on the Upper East Side.
Named after a Mexican plant allegedly used to make love potions, Toloache is a Mexican eatery known for its colorful environs and extensive tequila list. It's the perfect place for a romantic date night. Executive Chef Paola Bottero's decadent Italian dishes, like pasta and fresh garlic bread, attract New Yorkers to Paolo's, an authentic eatery with a warm and cozy interior. Similarly, UVA NYC is a rustic Italian hotspot with a back garden and patio seating.
Things to Do
One of the best things about living on the Upper East Side is that you're never far from NYC's iconic 843-acre Central Park, a cultural institution and the signature feature of this beloved city. At any time, you can walk to the park and hike the many trails, bird-watch, people-watch or find a bench somewhere to relax and read a book. Make sure you get a photo by the Bethesda Fountain!
But even though Central Park is the most famous NYC park, there are a lot of other excellent parks in the area, including the waterfront Carl Schurz Park. Avid bikers and runners will appreciate the East River Greenway, a 9-mile stretch that goes past the Carl Schurz Park and lets you run alongside the water.
Since this is New York City, home to many creative enterprises and artists, you can almost always find a place to enjoy live music, like Ethyl's, Five Mile Stone, or Stella & Fly. The Comic Strip is a great place to see a comedy show while you're partaking in a night out on the town.
The Upper East Side is also home to some of the best shopping in the country. Multiple high-end designers maintain retail spaces here, including Kate Spade, Michael Kors, and Dolce & Gabbana. If you dream of an all-day shopping spree, this is the place to shop 'til you drop.