Category Archives: Exploring The Upper East Side of Manhattan

Gracie Mansion

Gracie Mansion Carl Schurz Park East 88th Street and East End Avenue New York, NY 10128

Don’t miss this complimentary tour of the Mayor’s home when visiting Manhattan over the holidays.

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Gracie Mansion old Dining Room

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The Formal Dining Room

 

Visiting a Museum: The Unique, Unusual, Obscure and Historical

Gracie Mansion

Carl Schurz Park

East 88th and East End Avenue

New York, NY  10128

(212) 570-4773

Hours: Mondays only-10:00am. 11:00am and 5:00pm. See their website at www1.nyc.gov/site/Gracie/visit/visit page or gracieinfo@cityhall.nyc.gov

http://www.historichousetrust.org

TripAdvisor Review:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60763-d136688-Reviews-Gracie_Mansion-New_York_City_New_York.html?m=19905

Hours: There are free house tours at 10:00am, 11:00am and 5:00pm on Mondays only. Check their website for availability. This is one of the few rare treats of New York if you can snare one of the tours of Gracie Mansion. It is a really interesting tour of the first floor rooms and entrance to the gardens of this historic home and the Mayor of New York City’s residence.

This was really a wonderful tour of the mansion given by one of the interns who worked for the Mayor. We started the tour in the extension Wagner Wing addition that was added in the 1960’s by the Wagner Administration. We saw the formal ballroom, library…

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Mount Vernon Hotel Musuem

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden 421 East 61st Street New York, NY 10065

Don’t miss the Mount Vernon Hotel & Museum decorated during the Christmas season. This hidden gem is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

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The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum is very interesting during the holiday season.

Visiting a Museum: The Unique, Unusual, Obscure and Historical

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

421 East 61st Street

New York, NY  10065

(212) 838-6878

Open: Tuesday-Sunday-11:00am-4:00pm

Fee: Adults $8.00/Seniors & Students $7.00  Donation

http://www.mvhm.org

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TripAdvisor Review:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60763-d309468-Reviews-Mount_Vernon_Hotel_Museum_Garden-New_York_City_New_York.html?m=19905

I had come across the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum when I was walking East 61st Street and went to take the tour of the building ($8.00). It is a one hour (or more as I there for almost two hours but I was by myself) tour of both floors. The upstairs is the sleeping rooms, the ladies parlors where female guests would enjoy tea, games, music and reading. The main landing was for dancing and for gatherings.

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The Ladies Palour at the Mount Vernon Museum

The main floor was the Men’s parlors where there is a bar and two rooms for male activities such as cards, gambling and reading. The main entrance was used as the dining room for dinner…

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Asian 59 Inc.

Asian 59 Inc. 207 East 59th Street New York, NY 10022

In honor of Small Business Saturday, I am featuring wonderful reasonable restaurants in New York City. Don’t miss this little gem by Bloomingdale’s.

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Asian 59 Inc. food is excellent!

Dining on a Shoe String in NYC

Asian 59 Inc.

207 59th Street

New York, NY  10022

Phone: (212) 371-4777/1201/8651

Fax: (212) 371-5787

Open: Monday-Saturday-11:00am-10:30pm/Sunday-12:00pm-10:30pm

My review on TripAdvisor:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60763-d3899941-Reviews-Asian_Eatery-New_York_City_New_York.html?m=19905

This amazing little hole in the wall restaurant is a the perfect retreat when visiting the Upper East Side shopping district or fighting the crowds at Bloomingdale’s. Like most of the non-descript Chinese restaurants that line the streets and avenues of Manhattan, Asian 59 stands out for its very friendly service, reasonable prices and excellent food.

When I was finishing my blog on walking the Upper East Side for my other blog, “MywalkinManhattan”, I had passed this restaurant several times and saw that it was very busy at lunch time and thought that last day in the neighborhood I would try it. I was very happy with the whole experience.

The first time I ate at Asian 59 was for lunch. Their lunch specials are extremely reasonable…

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East Garden Chinese Restaurant

East Garden Chinese Restaurant 1685 First Avenue New York, NY 10128

In honor of Small Business Saturday, I am featuring wonderful reasonable restaurants in New York City. The restaurant’s lunch specials are delicious and plentiful.

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The food here is excellent!

 

Dining on a Shoe String in NYC

East Garden Chinese Restaurant

1685 First Avenue

New York, NY  10128

Phone: (212) 831-5900

Tele/Fax: (212) 831-6251

Free Delivery: minimum order of $7.00. Place your order by phone and it will be ready when you arrive.

Business hours:

Monday-Friday 11:30am-10:30pm

Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm-10:30pm

My review on TripAdvisor:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60763-d12860202-Reviews-East_Garden_Chinese_Restaurant-New_York_City_New_York.html?m=19905

East Garden Chinese Restaurant is worth the special trip up the Q subway train or if you are going to the Metropolitan Art Museum and want a quick lunch. Their food is wonderful, perfectly cooked and full of flavor. The best part is that they have lunch specials that start at $5.95 that come with fried rice or white rice (you can add for an extra $1.00 Wonton, Egg Drop or Hot & Sour Soup). Their combination plates run between $8.75-$9.25 and include pork fried rice and an egg roll.

My first trip to the restaurant (See TripAdvisor for my review), I…

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Burger One Coffee Shop

Burger One Coffee Shop 1150 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10075

In honor of Small Business Saturday, I am featuring wonderful restaurants that are reasonable in New York City. The Club sandwiches here are great.

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So are the burgers.

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Dining on a Shoe String in NYC

Burger One Coffee Shop

1150 Lexington Avenue

New York, NY  10075

Phone: (212) 737-0095

Fax: (212) 737-3061

http://www.burger1nyc.com

Open: Monday-Friday-6:30am-8:00pm/Saturday-7:00am-6:00pm/Sunday-8:00am-6:00pm

My review on TripAdvisor:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60763-d550667-Reviews-Burger_One-New_York_City_New_York.html?m=19905

I had passed Burger One a few times when visiting the Upper East Side and this little ‘hole in the wall’ restaurant was very busy feeding the locals who came in for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their prices are amazing reasonable for all items (especially in a place like the Upper East Side) and they have a nice selection of items for all meals.

The first time I went to Burger One was the first day of walking the Avenues of the Upper East Side (See review on TripAdvisor). The place was humming along with people ordering their lunches and dinners and their delivery guy dashing in and out of the place.

I ordered a Cheeseburger Deluxe (which is a 8 ounce freshly scooped burger)…

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Corrado Bread & Pastry

Corrado Bread & Pastry 960 Lexington Avenue @ 70th Street New York, NY

In honor of Small Business Saturday, I am featuring wonderful restaurants that are reasonable in New York City.

Corrado Bread & Bakery

Corrado Bread & Pastry’s outdoor cafe.

Dining on a Shoe String in NYC

Corrado Bread & Pastry

960 Lexington Avenue @70th Street

New York, NY 10021

Phone: (212) 774-1904

Fax: (212) 774-1905

http://www.corradocafeat70th.com

Hours: Monday-Friday-7:00am-8:00pm/Saturday-8:00am-7:00pm/Sunday-8:00am-6:00pm

*Prices are subject to change/Cakes of any size can be made to order, some items require 48 hours.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60763-d1557807-Reviews-Corrado_Bread_and_Pastry-New_York_City_New_York.html?m=19905

I came across Corrado Bread & Pastry shop when I was walking around the Upper East Side for my blog, “MywalkinManhattan.com” and looked in the window to see a large display of pastries and sandwiches and decided I needed a dessert and walked in. What a delicious variety of foods so beautifully displayed and so colorfully placed like jewels in a case. The best part is that everything I tried was delicious and their prices are very fair for the neighborhood.

This indoor/outdoor cafe is a block from the main campus of Hunter College and caters to everyone from the college students up for coffee and pastries between classes…

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The Institute for the Study of Ancient World

Institute for the Study of the Ancient World/New York University 15 East 84th Street New York, NY 10028

Institute of Ancient Studies III                                                                                        Don’t miss this little ‘gem’ of a museum down the block from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is fun to discover these small gallery museums that the University’s run.

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Visiting a Museum: The Unique, Unusual, Obscure and Historical

Institute for the Study of the Ancient World/New York University

15 East 84th Street

New York, NY  10028

(212) 992-7800/Fax (212) 992-7809

http://www.isaw.nyc.edu

My review on TripAdvisor:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60763-d1572637-Reviews-Institute_for_the_Study_of_the_Ancient_World-New_York_City_New_York.html?m=19905

I just happened to stumble across this museum on the way back from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and saw that they were having an exhibition entitled “A Wonder to Behold: Craftsmanship and the Creation of Babylon’s Ishtar Gate”. The exhibition is on the craftsman who created the ‘Ishtar Gate’ and the ‘Processional Way’ in the Ancient City of Babylon.

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Glazed brick art from the ‘Processional Way’

The small exhibition contains many examples of clay bricks that were used to build the decorative walls and pathways, artwork from the ‘Processional Way’ were displayed as well as smaller decorative art pieces from the time period.

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Some of the works in the exhibition

The exhibition also showed tablets from the time period, information on…

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Lester's

Lester’s 1534 Second Avenue New York City, NY 10021

Don’t miss the seasons at Lester’s, a true Upper East Side Institution.

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Lester’s is perfect for the Preppie set and the Sleep Away Camp group.

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Little Shop on Main Street

Lester’s
1534 Second Avenue
New York City, NY 10021
(212) 734-9292

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Open: Monday-Friday 10:00am-7:00pm/Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm/Sunday 11:00am-6:00pm

Five Locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Greenvale, Rye Brook and Westport, CT

I came across Lester’s, a clothing store for children’s, teens and adults when I was walking around the Upper East Side on ‘Day One Hundred & Four’ on my blog “MywalkinManhattan” when I walked this section of the Upper East Side. I saw crowds of school kids coming in and out of the store with their parents and stopped in for look.

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Don’t miss the children’s section

What I discovered was a store that almost sets the tone for what most people would think the Upper East Side teen might want for school, summer camp and casual wear. The store was stocked with all sorts of jeans, tops and shoes for the toddler to teens alike. There are Layette sets for infants…

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Cotelac

Cotelac 983 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10021

Don’t miss this wonderful little French Ready to Wear shop on the Upper East Side. See further write-up in “MywalkinManhattan.com”. Happy Shopping!

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I love the beautiful clothing here.

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Little Shop on Main Street

Cotelac

983 Lexington Avenue

New York, NY  10021

(212) 288-0400

http://www.cotelac.com

Open:

Monday-Saturday: 10:30am-6:30pm/Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm

I came across this unique clothing and accessories store when walking the lower part of the Upper East Side for my project “MywalkinManhattan.com”. I was attracted by the beautiful clothing designs in the windows. It just lured me in with classic tailored look and vibrant colors and patterns to the clothes.

Cotelac

Clean elegant store with vibrant colored clothing

When I walked into Cotelac, I was taken by the clean lines and elegant displays that I thought was unusual for this part of Lexington Avenue. I thought this shop would be located on Madison Avenue or maybe in SoHo. The clothing had a sporty, casual elegance to it and the motives of the clothes were different from the other stores in the area. The prices were also not outrageous as they might be on Madison Avenue…

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Lorenzo and Maria's Kitchen

Lorenzo and Maria’s Kitchen 1418 Third Avenue New York, NY 10028

Don’t miss this delightful little gourmet food shop on the Upper East Side for homey entrees.

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I love the window displays here.

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Little Shop on Main Street

Lorenzo and Maria’s Kitchen

1418 Third Avenue

New York, NY  10028

(212) 794-1080

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lorenzo-Marias-Kitchen/244532482288020

Open: Sunday Closed/Monday-Saturday 10:00am-7:30pm

My review on TripAdvisor:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60763-d480996-Reviews-Lorenzo_and_Maria_s_Kitchen-New_York_City_New_York.html?m=19905

Sometimes there are stores that just don’t fit into any category or they fit into many categories. Lorenzo and Maria’s Kitchen is one of the those stores. It is not a restaurant but more of a upscale, homey gourmet shop selling all sorts of entrée items that are displayed like jewels in the window and when you go inside there are more wonderful things to see and smell when you walk through the door.

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Lorenzo and Maria’s Kitchen at 1418 Third Avenue

The store itself it a hark back to the old days of the Silver Palate and Dean & Deluca when they were in their heydays and had not gotten so frou-frou with their food and the customers and were more neighborhood shops that catered to…

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