7.6 out of 10

Upper East Side

Ranked 10th best neighborhood in Manhattan
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Great for
  • Shopping Options
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Cost of Living
  • Nightlife
  • Internet Access
  • Resale or Rental Value
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Jan 25, 2011
Editors Choice

"A Little Bit of Country Right in the City"

The Upper East Side has long been the neighborhood for Manhattan's upper crust. It has variously been referred to as the "Gold Coast" of the city and the "Silk Stocking District" this last name deriving from the fact that wealthy people who dress well live in this area.

The neighborhood continues to be home to some of the city's wealthiest families. With the revitalization of many downtown areas, the Upper East Side is not quite as expensive as it was at one time, although prices are still out of the reach of most middle income families. However, if you look carefully and are willing to make do with a walk up, you can still find some good deals.

The Upper East Side covers a relatively large area and extends form the East Driver to 5th Avenue and 59th Street to 96th Street. The area is composed of many types of buildings, brownstones, new residential developments, large pre-war co-ops, town homes, and mansions that line the block between Fifth and Park Avenues.

The schools in the area are excellent which make it an attractive housing option for young families. There is the Dalton School that occupies three adjacent town homes on East 91st Street, The Spence School, also on East 91st Street, and the Rudolph Steiner School, with two branches: the upper school on East 78th and the lower school on East 79th. What is widely considered to be the best elementary public school in Manhattan is also located in this neighborhood, P.S. 6 (a.k.a. The Lillie Devereaux Blake School) located on East 81 Street.

The area is rich in culture with several museums situated along Museum Mile which extends along Fifth Avenue from 82nd Street to 105th Street. Along this mile is the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 82nd Street, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on 88th Street (octagon-shaped building), The Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design on 91st Street, the Jewish Museum on 92nd Street, the Museum of the City of New York on on 103rd Street, and the El Museo del Barrio on 104th Street. A fun event is the Museum Mile Festival in June when Fifth Avenue is closed to traffic and the museums are open to the public. There are also many street performers and musicians providing added entertainment.

There are restaurants and clubs galore for every budget. My absolute favorite is Tony's Italian Restaurant between 81st and 82nd Street on Third Avenue. The food is great, the portions huge, and the prices affordable. There is outdoor dining during the warmer months. Dangerfield's Comedy Club (named after renowned comedian Rodney Dangerfield) is located on 61st Street and First Avenue is a fun place to watch a show by both new and established comedians. Jerry Seinfeld got his start at this place.

Shopping is fabulous along 86th Street and Lexington Avenue with both small boutiques and larger chains. There are also many vendors on the street selling everything from jewelry to books and crafts. If you like books, a new Barnes and Noble opened on 86th between Third and Lexington Avnue. The store offers an open floor plan with ample room to grab a seat and peruse some books or magazines. There is also a nice size Barnes and Noble cafe (technically a licensed Starbucks). coIia are a reder

Transportation is a bit of a hassle with the only choice (for now) being the 4, 5, or 6 trian on Lexington Avenue. The Second Avenue subway has been under construction for the past few years (which makes living along and near avenue a bit of nightmare) but is not scheduled to be completed anytime soon).

I once lived on East 87th Street off East End Avenue and really liked the fact that I had the best of both worlds: a little bit of country in the city. The farther you get from Lexington Avenue the less expensive the rents so aside from enjoying a country-like living experience, my rent was also fairly reasonable.
Pros
  • Good schooling options both private and public
  • Gorgeous apartments
  • Luxurious shopping
  • Safe - most buildings have doormen
  • The park
  • Grand apartments
  • Shopping
  • clean, tree lined streets and avenues
  • Reasonable rentals east of Third Avenue
Cons
  • Expensive!
  • Needs better subway connections with the rest of the city
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Dec 13, 2009
Editors Choice

"The Silk Stocking District"

New York City’s Upper East Side is the original “chi –chi” neighborhood of the Big Apple which has also been known as “Gold Coast” or the “Silk Stocking district” through the ages. The Upper East Side is home to some of New York City’s priciest real estate which hosts some of the city’s oldest and wealthiest families. A favorite of the celluloid world, the Upper East Side has featured as a background in various TV shows and movies, for instance Carrie Bradshaw of Sex in the City fame is believed to have resided in a brownstone located on East 73rd street of the Upper East Side in New York City.

The Upper East Side encompasses an area that extends from the East River to Central Park, from 59thstreet to 96thstreet. The real estate palette of the Upper East Side is made up of a mix of huge prewar co-ops, town houses and mansions that line Park, Madison and Fifth avenues though from Lexington Avenue onwards to the East river the area is populated with several post and prewar co-ops, modern condo buildings and typical New York City old-world walkups. This neighborhood which is littered with many elite private schools like the Dalton School, the Spence School, the Rudolph Steiner School, the Lycée Français de New York and some of the city’s best public schools, P.S 6 (The Lillie Devereaux Blake School) and P.S.290( The Manhattan New School) is also referred to as “stroller heaven” for a sturdy “Bugaboo” stroller is often spotted on its many wide tree-lined avenues and streets, as more families relocate to the area to take advantage of its excellent schooling facilities.

Located within the broader expanse of the Upper East Side are several distinct neighborhoods like Lenox Hill, Yorkville and Carnegie Hill and the renowned Museum Mile which extends along Fifth Avenue from 82nd Street to 104th Street and has within its folds some of the grandest cultural institutions of New York City like the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 82nd Street, the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum on 88th Street, the Neue Galerie of New York on 86th Street, the Jewish Museum on 92nd Street and the El Museo del Barrio of 104th Street.

These fine institutions of culture and art are celebrated annually during the Museum Mile Festival which is generally held during the month of June. In honor of this festival all these museums throw open their doors to the public for one evening as they celebrate the arts with a mile long block party and a visual arts celebration which features much live entertainment.
Pros
  • clean, tree lined streets and avenues
  • Good schooling options both private and public
  • Reasonable rentals east of Third Avenue
  • Gorgeous apartments
  • Grand apartments
  • Luxurious shopping
  • Safe - most buildings have doormen
  • The park
Cons
  • Needs better subway connections with the rest of the city
  • Dead at night
  • Expensive!
  • Not much nightlife
  • Staid, a bit stodgy
  • Stuffy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Apr 14, 2009
Editors Choice

"Nannies, puppies, babies in strollers galore! - 1st Avenue and 89th St"

My home is a relatively quiet neighborhood with tree lined streets full of upper class people either walking puppies or pushing strollers. There are all the comforts of home, convenient shops, grocery stores, and restaurants. Go downtown for good shopping though. The Subway is overcrowded because everyone on the east side is using one Lexington Line (the 4 5 6 trains) especially during commuting hours. It's the Upper East Side but not too fancy, just south of Spanish Harlem, yet just as safe. One mugger in the area became the top story on the news because its so rare an event. Be sure to buy a creme puff at the Choux Factory on 1st & 87th, they are known for them for good reason! Don't ever rent a movie from "We Deliver Videos" on 89th & 1st, its such a ripoff I'm still shocked they're in business with such a limited selection at $5 a movie per night! Overall a great place to live, some bargains can still be found in rentals, but the cost of living is still very high.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
Aug 25, 2014
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Mar 19, 2012

"Upper East Side – Always High-Priced, But More than Worth It"

Fifth Avenue is the dividing line between the Upper West Side of Manhattan (UWS) and the Upper East Side (UES), and two neighborhoods that are as different as night and day. The neighborhood runs north/south from 60th to 86th Streets, and east/west from Fifth to Third Avenues. On its pristine streets, you will find stunning brownstones, luxury high rises, and stately pre-war buildings that are the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the UES. The pre-war buildings are prized for their large rooms and high ceilings, along with interior architectural details such as windowed kitchens and baths, massive walk-in closets, and working fireplaces.

Many of the homes on the UES include servants’ quarters, a nod to the truly affluent nature of residents. But not everyone who lives on the Upper East Side is rolling in dough. Some residents purchased their units before the real estate boom, so you will find families of more modest means, too. There are also a limited number of more affordable rent-stabilized apartments, but these units are rarely vacated and when they are, they are renovated and re-offered at market value...close to $4,000 for a one-bedroom.

Because the UES is home to so much wealth, local businesses reflect that income level. You’ll pay more for everything here, including groceries at the supermarket and meals at local restaurants. Shopping is extremely high-end with designer stores lining the streets of Madison. Third Avenue provides a more middle-class experience, but don’t expect to find bargains on the Upper East Side. The people who live here aren’t coupon clippers and can’t afford to pay more for everything. But you will find more affordable bars and restaurants along the Avenue than on Madison, for example.

Most Upper East Siders can afford to take cabs and it’s a good thing that they do. Currently only one subway line serves the Upper East Side and it is located on Lexington Avenue...a long walk from Fifth and Madison. North/south and cross town bus service is frequent and reliable, but grid-locked traffic can slow travel to a crawl. Particularly problematic is rush hour, when the streets are clogged with Long Island commuters heading to the 59th Street Bridge.

The UES is an amazing place to raise well-educated children. There are good public and private schools, the green of nearby Central Park, and a wealth of museums and libraries. You will also find an abundance of churches and synagogues where in addition to offering religious services to their congregations, also provide community-centric events and activities for a the broader community. Politically, residents tend to be financially conservative, but social progressives.

The bottom line is that the UES is all about your bottom line. If you can afford some of the priciest real estate in Manhattan, you’ll come home each night to one of the most magnificent areas in NYC.
Pros
  • Good schooling options both private and public
  • Gorgeous apartments
  • Luxurious shopping
  • Safe - most buildings have doormen
  • The park
Cons
  • Needs better subway connections with the rest of the city
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Jan 12, 2011

"Where You Move Once You've Made It"

Many Manhattan neighborhoods cater especially to young professionals and the rent and surroundings reflect that. Once those people have been working for a while and are ready to graduate to a real New York City apartment, this is where they go. Unfortunately, then they start to blend in with the yuppies and the well-to-do crowd and never call you again.

The Upper East Side is truly an excellent place to live but it is a large upscale area where rents can get ridiculous (there are some great deals though). The area offers great shopping, beautiful buildings and apartments, some of the best schools and park areas in New York, very safe, and some decent food. A lot of celebrities in the area. At the same time, it's a bit on the boring side without much to do, certainly not a big nightlife area, the people can be on the snooty side, and did I mention how much it costs to live here?

Nice place for a visit too. The general UES area is home to Museum Mile which houses The Frick Collection, The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, The Jewish Museum of New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, El Museo Del Barrio, The NYC Museum, The Guggenheim Museum, and The Whitney.
Pros
  • Good schooling options both private and public
  • Gorgeous apartments
  • Safe - most buildings have doormen
  • The park
  • Shopping
Cons
  • Dead at night
  • Stuffy
  • Expensive!
  • Needs better subway connections with the rest of the city
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
Jan 03, 2011

"Nice but sterile neighborhood"

I lived on the Upper East Side for 13 years. It starts at 59th Street and goes all the way up to 96th Street from Fifth Avenue all the way east. I lived on the very southern end of the neighborhood which was on the border with midtown. It's a very old school, yuppie-laden, posh neighborhood with expensive restaurants. In fact, 10022, which is one of the "Yupper" East Side's zip codes is the wealthiest in the city and one of the wealthiest in the country.

It's a relatively friendly neighborhood in the less commercial, more residential areas. The rents had gone down in the 90s when I moved in. Because it isn't trendy like the Upper West Side, the rents have not skyrocketed as much as other neighborhoods. That said, you'll have to search for deals because this is still in the middle of Manhattan where there's no such thing as cheap.

The shopping is great in this neighborhood, and if you live off the park, of course, you're lucky and probably not reading this right now. Restaurants tend to be expensive, but the shops aren't all posh because other people do travel to shop here. You'll find Bloomingdale's in this neighborhood, for example. My feeling about a lot of the Upper East Side is that it's largely without character, but there are some less sterile areas, especially in the East 70s.
Pros
  • Relatively clean
  • Great shopping
Cons
  • Expensive restaurants
  • Primarily older yuppie inhabitants
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Dec 25, 2010

"inconvenient and sterile"

Given the other places to live in Manhattan, I have trouble understanding how the Upper East Side carries any appeal. It's like living in a bank--sterile, boring, and full of other people's money.

The Second Avenue subway line construction has been endless and has somehow encouraged more and more construction in the area, making this generally low-noise area loud and obnoxious--much like the nannies pushing strollers.

It's not all bad, not at all. The 4, 5 is a great subway line and there's a healthy offering of excellent restaurants (though rarely does anyone travel to the upper east side JUST for a restaurant) and there are some great places to shop. However, that's true of nearly everywhere in Manhattan. What's special about the Upper East Side?

There's nothing wrong with it, which in New York can be a selling point. Crime is low, it's not very crowded, and while the architecture is mostly uninspired there are a few old gems that have withstood the massive construction projects of the 70s.

The Guggenheim is nothing to sneeze at (...the Metropolitan Museum of Art sort of is). The East River has almost no romance, and the parks nearby feel awkward and poorly planned.

It's a chore for me to visit my friends on the upper east side...both getting to them and spending time with them.
Pros
  • Luxurious shopping
  • Good schooling options both private and public
Cons
  • Dead at night
  • Stuffy
  • Needs better subway connections with the rest of the city
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Oct 08, 2010

"Very nice, just a little boring"

Yes, yes, yes, the Upper East Side. It’s very expensive. VERY expensive. It’s also lovely, with huge mansions and amazing views. It’s a safe place to live, with amazing schools and great childcare. There are more nannies than mommies pushing strollers around.

So if you live there, it’s wonderful. The most annoying part is how crowded the green line subway gets carrying everyone, from Manhattan and the Bronx, that needs to traverse the east side of the city. But when the 2nd Avenue line is finished, things should ease up a bit.

For a renter like myself, I was surprised to find that while studios and one bedrooms aren’t exactly cheap, they are much more reasonable than I had expected. Keep in mind that these are TINY units, though. Really small. Like a kitchen and a bed. But, if you’re willing to pay for the neighborhood, they aren’t a bad idea. Plus you are almost guaranteed to get a super who is wiling to fix a leaky ceiling or a jammed window, which isn’t always the case in New York.

There is decent shopping here, if you have the money. The museums are wonderful and a great way to spend a weekday. Or to get out of the summer heat when you realize you can’t afford your overpriced rent and air conditioning at the same time.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
Mar 14, 2010

"Darlin I love you but gimme Park Avenue"

There are so many stereotypes about the Upper East Side entire television shows are dedicated to it (Gossip Girl, anyone?) The thing is that they are all mostly true. There is definitely a different vibe to the UES than any other part of Manhattan. It's very stuffy. I've seen with my own eyes, on more than one occasion, a nanny getting screamed at outside of a luxury high rise. And, every time I find myself in the safe cafe or bakery in the UES and a family walks in, the 5 year old kid's shoes are nicer than mine. There is a definite blue blood attitude to UES and it's kind of scary. This neck of the woods still very much functions as a caste society.
But, there are a million great museums, the park, of course, good restaurants, and great shopping. UES houses the famous 5th and Madison Ave shopping stretches: Barneys, Saks, Harry Winston the who's who of high end spending. It's really cool to walk down these streets and watch all of the old ladies in furs and pearls walking out of Saks to head to an afternoon at Masa or Cipriani.
A restaurant definitely worth a visit is Elaine's. It has been around forever and is a staple to the veteran celebrity set like Michael Cain and Woody Allen. Elaine Kaufman has come into a sort of legendary status for her ability to be incredibly hospitable on one end and known for ejecting customers she doesn't like at the blink of an eye. It's a really cool place to go. The vibe is exactly as you would imagine.
The other restaurants in the area are precarious. The food is amazing at many of them -- but they run hot and cold with me. A lot of them are so stiff and pretentious that you feel a little out of place. There's a really famous Vegan restaurant uptown wherein all the old UESiders walk in with furs on and don't eat. They just want to be seen . . . in FURS in a VEGAN restaurant. It's pretty crazy but that sort of summarizes the Upper East Side to me. As does how many times I've seen the waiters in restaurants get referenced as "the help." It's really ridiculous.
Pros
  • Shopping
  • The park
  • Grand apartments
Cons
  • Stuffy
  • Dead at night
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Dec 13, 2009

"From comfort food to Christian Louboutins - one of NYC's best neighborhoods"

The classic, elegant New York embodied by the Upper East Side has been the playground of well-heeled (and high-heeled) Old Money scions from the days of Edith Wharton to those of Gossip Girl - and in many ways, the UES (as it is known) lives up to its reputation. Its fashionable stores lining Madison Avenue, its ladies-who-lunch walking small dogs down Park, its Euro-style cafes all speak to a sense of refinement and leisure all too uncommon in this rough-and-tumble city. But to dismiss the UES as merely a destination for Blair Waldorf is unkind: the neighborhood is also home to some of New York City's best museums, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Guggeinheim, boasts gorgeous parks at both the West (Central Park) and East (Carl Schurz) borders of the neighborhood, and some fascinating sub-neighborhoods in between, like the family-friendly Carnegie Hill, with its Old World charm, and the ethnically diverse Yorkville, perfect for discount shopping.

Culinary highlights include "Island," on 92nd and Madison, a vaguely nautical-themed Carnegie Hill standby popular for its wonderful Sunday Brunch (includes free Apple Turnovers), the French bistro "Orsay" on Lexington Avenue and 75th Street, and low-key Yorkville Indian "Tamarind" on 92nd and 3rd, boasting some of the best fig ice cream this side of the planet. Or, if you want some mere comfort food, check out Upper East Side mini-chain (Madison Avenue at 96th St, 76th St, and 89th Street) "3 Guys" - with arguably the best burgers in the city, enormous platters of pasta or roast chicken, and lemon meringue
Pros
  • Safe - most buildings have doormen
  • Gorgeous apartments
  • Luxurious shopping
Cons
  • Not much nightlife
  • Staid, a bit stodgy
  • Expensive!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Oct 10, 2009

"A Quiet Residential Area in The City That Never Sleeps"

The Upper East Side of Manhattan is the area that stretches from 59th street to roughly 96th street between 5th Avenue and FDR Drive. It is one of the most residential area in the city and is known to be home to the "elite." It's full of fancy brown stones and high rises and has most recently been made famous in the television series "Gossip Girl." As a resident, however I am sad to say that is only a small percent of the neighborhoods population in reality. But there are many benefits to living on the Upper East Side. It is in very close proximity to New York City's Central Park which is a very good place to go for a quick jog or a nice stroll during a day of good weather.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Apr 14, 2009

"E 79th St new York Ave-Far and peaceful"

My girlfriend previously lived on York Ave (hence me too by association) at the corner of E 79th St, on the Upper East side. Note that York Ave is the east-most avenue in those parts, before FDR Drive along the east river.

So I'll start with my pet peeve - the place was far from the subway! But it helped that a bus ran along York avenue, with a stop between 78 and 79. E 79th St that far out had practically nothing to offer except the corner deli, and a couple of indoor parking garages. It's a dead-end street that doesn't open on to FDR Drive.

For food, we would usually go to 1st or 2nd Avenue, as York avenue in that area lacked many options.The streets in this area are mostly devoid of any businesses, which are lined up along the Avenues. There was no fun place to hang out, except for an Irish bar on 90th and York. I also recall several retired people sitting around the block at the Deli in the day. This probably speaks to the demographics of the area.

Overall, not a very exciting area, and the rent was high considering this. If you're looking for peace and quiet and are OK with take-out (due to the lack of places to go nearby), and are OK traveling by bus or getting into shape walking, then this is your Shangri-La.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Mar 21, 2009

"Amazing neighborhood NYC"

I absolutely love living in this neighborhood. It is extremely safe. Although, I have not seen very many celebrities. The Upper East Side is known for its high profile residents. I love the fact that I am within walking distance to Central Park. When people come to visit Central Park is the first place I take them. It is a great neighborhood to take a leisurely walk through. There are so many restaurants to choose from in all price ranges. You would be surprised that not all the restaurants are extremely expensive. You can find a 5 star restaurant on the same block as a $2.00 a slice pizza shop. I find the area diverse in that way. The transportation is great because cabs frequent the area and public transportation is easily accessible.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Mar 20, 2009

"Spot your favorite celebrities here"

Upper East Side is home to the most luxurious hotels, extreme concentration of the rich and famous, opulent celebrity dwellings, and a plethora of butlers and chauffeurs. Aside from the rich and famous, Upper East Side boasts many artistic and cultural institutions. Walking along Fifth Avenue will take you to Museum Mile (which includes such sub-museums as El Museo del Barrio, The Jewish Museum, National Academy of Design, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, and many more.

If you are into celebrity spotting, take a trip to Elaine’s for dinner. The food is fair, but the ambience is better – and every visit will serve a glimpse of a noteworthy celeb. Try the Atlantic Grill for seafood or Restaurant Daniel for its award-winning French cuisine and elegant atmosphere. Restaurant Daniel is a great place to “pop the question.”

The Carlyle, The Mark, and The Plaza are just a few of the luxurious hotels in Upper East Side. If sophistication and uncompromising service is what you are after, look no further – Upper East Side shall deliver.

I recommend this neighborhood for just about anyone...with some money. It is a great place to raise your kids, as private schools are as prevalent as Starbucks. From personal experience, I give this neighborhood five stars!
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Mar 19, 2009

"A Great Place to Grow Up"

I grew up on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, and while some of it is like its portrayed on Gossip Girl and Sex and the City, its also a great residential area. It's definately one of the ritzier areas of town, but then again it's also one of the safest. A lot of the well to do private schools are located in the neighborhood and offers great cultural activities such as Museum Mile and great shopping along Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue. You also get Central Park as your backyard.
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4/5
Feb 26, 2009

"Both tourist and resident friendly"

This neighborhood is the stereotypical New York location of the well-to-do, who wait out the rain under their fancy overhangs and are escorted into their own apartment buildings by doormen in uniform. There is plenty to do for anyone here, though – there are shops and restaurants all along Fifth Ave as well as on Park Ave. Tourist will also be able to locate an orgasm of museums in this neighborhood – most prominently the Met. (And if you’re on a budget, don’t be fooled into paying the full “suggested” price – you can obtain entry to the Met for any price you are willing to pay.)
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
Feb 23, 2009

"Upper East Side - home to New York's rich and powerful."

The Upper East Side is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in New York City and in the country. Renown for its affluence, upscale shops, fabulous dining, and wealthy residents, this neighborhood is a living dream for many to the city. Real Estate in this neighborhood is diverse, ranging from brownstones to high rise buildings. Located along the beautiful Central Park and filled with cultural wonders and historical sites, the Upper East Side or UES is coveted by many for its wonderful housing and prime location. Manhattan’s elite call the Upper East Side their home for many reasons. Dinging and Entertainment in the neighborhood maintains a certain level of class, with many restraunts being amongst the most expensive in the city. Though many people who live in other neighborhoods throughout the city find the neighborhood to be somewhat untouchable, visitors are often amazed by the austerity and classic Manhattan vibe displayed on the quiet yet urban streets. Transportation in this neighborhood is somewhat limited in terms of the metro, but cabs are plentiful, and many residents of the area have either personal drivers or access to private transportation. Shopping in the neighborhood is fabulous, with boutiques ranging in price, style, and size, though many are amongst the most popular in the city. Sites in the neighborhood include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the most prestigious art museum in the United States, boasting a fantastic collection of pieces from some of the world’s most famous artists. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is also located on the Upper East Side, as well as the Asia Society and the Whitney Museum of Art, as well as several embassies and government offices. Filled with several small enclaves and beautiful specialities unique to New York City, the Upper East Side as a whole is the creme de la creme of Manhattan living.
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  • Retirees

Best Streets in Upper East Side

1

3 Ave

4/5
"The heart of a charming family neighborhood"
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2

East 67 St

3.5/5
"Public library, restaurants"
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3

East 69 St

3.5/5
"Great street for chocolate"
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4

East 72 St

3.5/5
"Big Street, Small Town."
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5

East 82nd St

3.5/5
"The Educational Arm of the Upper East Side"
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6

East 66 St

3/5
"As prestigious as they come"
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7

East 64 St

3/5
"The Royale - An Anchor of the Revitalized Third Avenue "
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8

East 68 St

3/5
"Wonderful Neighborhood with Nearby Delights"
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9

East 89 St

3/5
"The Upper East Side gets more boring as you go up"
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10

East 83rd St

3/5
"Quiet, Residential Street"
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