Must-See Upper East Side
by nycgo.com staff , 02/25/2014
(From left) Photo courtesy Valentino • Central Park Zoo photo by Joe Buglewicz
While celebrity sightings may give the Upper East Side a glitzy veneer, the neighborhood's real appeal comes from its refined character. Home to some of the City's premier museums, restaurants and shops, as well as the stately mansions and townhouses where New York's elite have lived for generations, the Upper East Side exudes elegance on every block. Museum Mile—which runs along Fifth Avenue between East 82nd and East 105th Streets—boasts eight world-class cultural institutions, while Madison Avenue teems with the biggest names in haute couture, both in designer boutiques and at resale shops that sell high-end brands at nearly half-price. When hunger strikes, choose from down-home diners, posh sushi spots and nearly every other conceivable option you might imagine. Have a sweet tooth? There are few things better than enjoying one of the City's best ice cream sundaes after a day surrounded by exotic wildlife at Manhattan's only zoo. Elegant, historic and occasionally cutting edge, the Upper East Side is a neighborhood that offers something for everyone.