Upper East Side
Upper East Side
4.5
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High-rent neighborhood of New York City located along one side of Central Park, which is predominately residential with town homes and apartment buildings along with pricey shops, restaurants, and architectural gems such as the Guggenheim Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt.
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Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
Combining quiet residential neighbourhoods that have easy access to Central Park with world-famous cultural institutions, the Upper East Side is one of the most livable places in the city. Along beautiful Fifth Avenue, you’ll find Museum Mile, which houses many of the nation's most famous attractions in a single stretch, like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Walk a few blocks into the neighbourhood, and you’ll come to Park Avenue, the poshest address in the city, lined with grand apartment buildings as far as the eye can see. Even if you can’t afford the luxury goods along Madison Avenue, it’s still a great spot to window shop an afternoon away.
How to get there
  • 86th St • 6 min walk
  • 77th St • 6 min walk
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,086 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    NYC's swankiest neighborhood
    NYC's Upper East Side is the city's wealthiest area. It's full of upper-crust apartments and swanky retailing. It's also accessible to Central Park, the huge park in the middle of Manhattan, which gives NYC breathing space. Amongst other things, the Upper East side hosts Museum Mile, where most of NYC's most important galleries and institutions are located. It's also a great place for dining out.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 March 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,776 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Museum Location
    I came here to go to a museum and after my day there I took a long walk on some very nice blocks of upscale apartment buildings. There are some restaurants serving the locals but this is not a destination for night life. One comes here for the museums and to visit a friend.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Josh D
    New York City, New York474 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice!!
    I happen to be a very big fan of FiDi and the Upper West Side and the Garment District and whenever I am at these places I feel very good about life!! My parents decided to move here and I was still happy about it but I didn’t think it would be as good as it is!! I happen to be a wild almost to be 20 year old and so living in Manhattan is what many people call reinvention!! I have been walking so much that my legs want to be paid for all their hard work!! I walked a few blocks to one side and it is Central Park and a few blocks to the other side and it is the East River!! There happens to be a ton of swanky restaurants all over and I will be celebrating my day of existence five days early at a fancy place in this area!!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 July 2023
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,706 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
There are some very grand buildings in the Upper East Side of Central Park. It's a nice area to walk around. I liked looking at the architecture but to stay there would be expensive.

All I kept thinking of was the line from Cruel Intentions said by Sarah Michelle Gellar's character: "I'm the Marcia Brady of the Upper East Side!"

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Written 6 January 2024
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Tori B
Gray, TN3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Went to check on my Aunts Estate.Jus love New York.!!Beyond business went sightseeing took my friend.First time she,d been there She was mesmerized by the buildings,the hustle and bustling of people.Wanted to bring all the pizza she could carry back.A great trip.
Written 6 October 2023
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Josh D
New York City, NY474 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I happen to be a very big fan of FiDi and the Upper West Side and the Garment District and whenever I am at these places I feel very good about life!! My parents decided to move here and I was still happy about it but I didn’t think it would be as good as it is!! I happen to be a wild almost to be 20 year old and so living in Manhattan is what many people call reinvention!! I have been walking so much that my legs want to be paid for all their hard work!! I walked a few blocks to one side and it is Central Park and a few blocks to the other side and it is the East River!! There happens to be a ton of swanky restaurants all over and I will be celebrating my day of existence five days early at a fancy place in this area!!
Written 18 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,776 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
I came here to go to a museum and after my day there I took a long walk on some very nice blocks of upscale apartment buildings. There are some restaurants serving the locals but this is not a destination for night life. One comes here for the museums and to visit a friend.
Written 6 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,086 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
NYC's Upper East Side is the city's wealthiest area. It's full of upper-crust apartments and swanky retailing. It's also accessible to Central Park, the huge park in the middle of Manhattan, which gives NYC breathing space. Amongst other things, the Upper East side hosts Museum Mile, where most of NYC's most important galleries and institutions are located. It's also a great place for dining out.
Written 24 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
Los Angeles, CA8,310 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
Passed through the UES on my way to the Frick and, as always, l loved the wonderful shops and architecture.

The neighborhood gardens are maintained with care, as they are all over NYC.

Just a delightful place for a stroll.
Written 27 October 2022
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CatherineK255060
Sydney, Australia61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
The upper east side is a beautiful area that we have all seen in famous movies, however walking down the streets in awe of the architecture, shopping and people was next level.
Written 15 October 2022
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psudino
Weehawken, NJ4,131 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
I do not recommend UES if you are a first time visitor or if you want to see the sights of the city. This is were people actually live. However, if you are in the mood for a local place, both pricy and moderately pricy, then you'll find them here. By local, I don't mean the food, but the crowd. For example, one of my friends worked at a restaurant in the 60's and she said that their were a lot of regulars.

Overall, don't bother with UES unless you have plan. It's not a place for tourists.
Written 10 March 2022
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18,476 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Solo
The upper east side is a really nice area that’s just off Central Park. Very distinctive neighbourhood and it’s not an inexpensive place to live!
Written 6 February 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,776 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We came here for dinner and enjoyed a little walk around after dinner. Close to Central Park, there are lots of fancy apartment buildings plus some charming side streets lined with townhouses. Further away are some avenues with shopping and eating. And this is a good part of town to find classic museums.
Written 13 December 2021
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