East Side

Welcome to East Side

Classic neighborhoods with world-class culture and amenities​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The East Side of Manhattan stretches from the Upper East Side and East Harlem in the north to East Village and the Lower East Side in the south. The refined Upper East Side is one of Manhattan’s most classic areas, characterized by stately brownstones and ultra-desirable high-rises. The Upper East Side is also a major hub of culture and has some of New York City’s most refined shopping and dining. The neighborhoods of Midtown East feature some of New York City’s most iconic buildings, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal, and the headquarters of the United Nations. East Village and the Lower East Side have some of New York City’s trendiest nightlife spots, along with great restaurants and hip boutique shopping.

What to Love

  • World-class dining
  • Famous cultural attractions
  • Iconic architecture
  • Museum Mile

People & Lifestyle

The East Side of Manhattan has some of New York City’s most prestigious addresses. The Upper East Side has long been considered one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods, and its restaurants and amenities are second to none. Wherever you live on the East Side, you are sure to have unbeatable access to some of NYC’s best places to shop, dine, and play.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The Upper East Side’s iconic nightlife spots include Café Carlyle, a luxurious jazz club at The Carlyle Hotel with regular celebrity guests. Café Carlyle has been a fixture on the Upper East Side since the 1950s, and its walls are decorated with famous murals from Academy Award winner Marcel Vertès. 

The Sweet Shop NYC is another longtime Upper East Side favorite, serving vintage candies, delicious gelato, and other sweet treats. Upscale French-style bakery Ladurée on Madison Avenue sells exquisite macarons and other high-quality baked goods and confectionaries. 

In Midtown East, The Argosy Bookstore is one of the city’s oldest independent booksellers. Covering an entire six-story townhouse, the store has an extensive collection of rare first editions and hard-to-find titles. Former president Bill Clinton is a regular customer, and its past clientele has included the likes of President Eisenhower and Jackie Kennedy. 

Standout East Side restaurants include Daniel on the Upper East Side, which has earned two Michelin stars for its creative chef-driven French cuisine and impeccable service. Other Michelin-starred restaurants include exquisite sushi spots Noda in Nomad and Sushi Noz on the Upper East Side, locally-sourced seasonal fare at Gramercy Tavern in the Flatiron District, elegant tapas at Casa Mono in Gramercy, and caviar-driven fine dining at Caviar Russe in Midtown East. The East Side also contains dedicated areas with authentic international eateries such as Koreatown and Murray Hill’s Curry Hill.

Things to Do

Central Park is one of the world’s most iconic urban greenspaces. On the east side of this sprawling park, Museum Mile is home to many of NYC’s premier cultural attractions. The Guggenheim has a world-class permanent collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Early Modern, and Contemporary artworks, along with regular limited-time exhibitions. The Neue Galerie focuses on early-20th-century Expressionist art from Germany and Austria, featuring famous artworks from painters such as Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, and Egon Schiele. The Cooper Hewitt is a Smithsonian design museum housed within the former Georgian mansion home of Andrew Carnegie. Permanent and temporary exhibitions at the Cooper Hewitt explore the history and culture of design and decorative objects from the 18th century to the modern day. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the United States and the third most-visited in the world. Its collection includes tens of thousands of pieces spanning 5,000 years of art history from across the world, from the Ancient Egyptians to Picasso.


Public schools in the area are part of the New York City Public School District. There are also several excellent public schools, including:

  • Dalton, Private (Coeducational College Preparatory), K-12
  • Regis High School, Private (Catholic, All Boys), 9-12, Rated Best Private Catholic High School in the nation

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