Neighborhood Guides

Upper East Side

The Upper East Side is synonymous with old money and classic New York sophistication, but this huge swath of the city actually encompasses many diverse lifestyles. Stately mansions and designer boutiques west of Lexington Avenue give way to a much younger, more affordable scene in Yorkville.

At a Glance

The Upper East Side has a reputation as a stuffy, posh neighborhood popular with elderly New Yorkers and there is certainly truth in that statement. Park Avenue to 5th Avenue remains the domain of little old ladies draped in Chanel, uniformed doormen police the sidewalks and there’s no nightlife to speak of. Museum Mile is always crawling with tourists and street artists, although thankfully the wide sidewalks and sprawling park do much to alleviate the congestion. Head further east to 2nd Avenue to find sports bars and Irish pubs galore, as well as the beginnings of a trendy renaissance. 86th Street and the Avenues remain major hubs of commercial activity, but side streets in the Upper East Side are generally quiet save for children playing.


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The Mood

Close to many tourist destinations, the UES is always lively, but the historic architecture, clean sidewalks and manicured flowerbeds give it a calm, unhurried atmosphere.

Heart of the Neighborhood

The Upper East Side's crowning jewel is Central Park. From jogging around the reservoir to sprawling on the Great Lawn, both tourists and locals find lots to do here.

Neighborhood Quirk

The palatial residences that radiate off 5th Avenue once were home to the wealthiest New Yorkers, including the Rockefellers, Carnegies and Vanderbilts.

Best Perk

One of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city, the Upper East Side feels like Paris: Cosmopolitan, refined and miles apart from the chaos of the rest of the city.

Biggest Downside

The Upper East Side is only accessible by the Lexington Avenue subway line, which makes commutes to anywhere below 14th Street a headache.

By the Numbers

The real estate along 5th Avenue and Park Avenue is some of the most expensive in the city, but as you move farther from the park, prices become much more moderate -- especially for co-ops and rentals.

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Food & Drink

The quality of restaurants on the Upper East Side varies widely, from incredibly fancy (and expensive) on Park Avenue, to casual comfort food in Yorkville.

Heidi's House

Wine Bars, Comfort Food, Gluten-Free

A wine and beer bar serving classic comfort food in an intimate ambiance.


Turkish, Mediterranean

Delicious Turkish meze plates in a lively, bustling space.

Up Thai


Incredibly popular upscale Thai street food. Also great for takeout.

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