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Things to Do on the Upper East Side

See the Best of this New York Neighborhood

If you’re looking for things to do on the Upper East Side, let us be your guide to the neighborhood.

Hotel Wales is located just steps from must-visit NYC highlights. Stroll down quiet, tree-lined streets to Upper East Side attractions such as Central Park and the neighborhood's collection of world-class museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Museum, and The Guggenheim. For the fashionistas, our hotel is within walking distance of some of the best Upper East Side shopping, with Fifth and Madison Avenues only minutes away. When the sun goes down, visit one of the many neighborhood bars or restaurants for a memorable night during your stay in the city.

Along with a number of nearby things to do, Hotel Wales provides easy access to a number of Big Apple staples, including the Apollo Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Times Square, the Empire State Building and Grand Central Terminal. Those seeking a hotel near NYC embassies will find them within easy distance, as many of the city's consulates share a neighborhood with Hotel Wales.

In addition to one of the best locations among Upper Manhattan boutique hotels, our hotel near the Met Museum also offers complimentary coffee and tea service daily in the Carnegie Lounge, two delicious dining options located onsite at the hotel, and a variety of onsite services and amenities. Explore our neighborhood and enjoy the many things to do on the Upper East Side!

Place Name Address Phone Distance Show on map
Bloomberg L.P. 731 Lexington Avenue New York, NY (212) 318-2000 1.86
Citigroup Center 399 Park Avenue, New York, NY 2.08
Colgate-Palmolive Campus 300 Park Avenue New York, NY 10022 2.24
French Embassy 934 5th Avenue New York, NY 10021 0.95
Greek Embassy 69 East 79th Street New York, NY 10075 0.72
Hunter College 695 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065 1.3
Javits Center 655 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001 3.9

The Javits Center is a hub for New York City conventions. This NYC landmark hosts everything from comic book conventions to professional networking events. Conveniently located on Madison Avenue and near the 96th Street subway station, Hotel Wales is just a 20 minute cab or half hour subway ride away.

Russian Embassy 9 East 91st Street New York, NY 10128 0.1
United Nations 760 United Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017 3.02

The United Nations is just a short trip from Hotel Wales. In addition to this hub of international politics, Hotel Wales is also nearby the French Embassy, Russian Embassy, and the Greek Embassy. With these and more embassies scattered throughout the Upper East Side, Hotel Wales is a great home base for international business.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065 (212) 639-2000 1.91
Mount Sinai Hospital 1190 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128 (212) 241-6500 0.52
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Carnegie Nails 1306 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 987-7702 0.02
Dashing Diva 1335 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 348-8890 0.06
Hair by Kasia 1285 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 828-8209 0.04
L'Occitane 180 East 86th Street New York, NY 10128 (212) 722-5141 0.65
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92nd Street Y 1395 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 415-5500 0.2

The 92nd Street Y is a world-renowned nonprofit community and cultural center that connects people to the worlds of education, the arts, health and wellness. 92Y is a community of communities, inviting people at every stage of life and from all faiths, races and backgrounds to explore extraordinary worlds together.

Asphalt Green 555 East 90th Street, New York, NY 10128 (212) 369-8890 0.86

Aquatics, Sports and Fitness Center

Carnegie Hall 881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019 (212) 247-7800 2.27
Central Park Central Park 5th Avenue 0.76

Manhattan sightseeing is incomplete without a visit to Central Park. Located in the center of the city, Central Park remains one of the most iconic Manhattan attractions. Situated on 843 acres of land, Central Park features sprawling waters, green meadows, stunning bridges, performance centers, gardens, a Carousel, the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, fishing at Harlem Meer, Lasker Pool, Loeb Boathouse, an ice skating rink, and the famed Central Park Zoo. The nearest entrance from the hotel is at 90th Street and 5th Avenue.

Cooper-Hewitt Museum (a Smithsonian) 2 East 91st Street New York, NY 10128 (212) 849-8400 0.14

The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s collection includes international historic and contemporary design. From drawings, prints, and graphic design and decorative arts, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum offers a renowned collection that extends from one-of-a-kind to mass-produced items.

El Museo del Barrio 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street) New York, NY 10029 (212) 831-7272 0.73

New York’s leading Latino cultural institution invites guests from all backgrounds to discover the artistic and cultural landscape of the Caribbean and Latin America. The permanent collection at El Museo del Barrio includes modern and contemporary art, graphics, popular traditions, masks, and other devotional items.

The Frick Collection 1 East 70th Street New York, NY 10021 (212) 288-0700 1.22

The Frick Collection includes some of the best-known paintings by the greatest European artists, major works of sculpture, superb eighteenth-century French furniture and porcelains, Limoges enamels, Oriental rugs and other works. Several special exhibitions are scheduled annually.

Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street)
New York, NY 10128 (212) 423-3618 0.28

The Guggenheim Museum is among the 20th century’s most important architectural landmarks. The museum’s great rotunda has been the site of many celebrated special exhibitions, while its smaller galleries are devoted to the Guggenheim’s renowned collection. Enjoy a large anthology of Impressionism and contemporary art. The Guggenheim is closed on Thursdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day and has extended hours on Saturdays.

Heavenly Rest Stop Cafe The Corner of 90th St. & 5th Avenue Across from Central Park New York, NY 10128 212-369-7108 0.3

"An oasis in the concrete jungle" Open 8am - 5pm (winter)/dusk (spring/summer) Located directly across the street from Central Park, enjoy 10% off breakfast, lunch or a midday snack at this cozy outdoor cafe, nestled in the beautiful and historic art deco Church of the Heavenly Rest. Grab an espresso, coffee or hot cocoa, or sip a glass of wine and watch the sunset and pick up a picnic of sandwiches, salads, pastries for the road! For additional information on upcoming wine tastings, musical performances, neighborhood events and other Upper East Side attractions, visit our Facebook page.

Lincoln Center 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023 (212) 875-5456 2.12
Loeb Boathouse and Bethesda Terrace East 72nd Street and 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10021 (212) 517-2233 1.13
Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street New York, NY 10028 (212) 535-7710 0.63

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world’s largest and finest art museums. Visitors to the museum will enjoy more than two million works of art spanning five thousand years of world culture, from prehistoric to present and from every part of the globe. Located in Central Park along Fifth Avenue, the Metropolitan Museum of Art provides hours of aesthetic entertainment.

Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street New York, NY 10029 (212) 534-1672 0.62

The Museum of the City of New York seeks to celebrate and interpret the distinctive character, heritage, diversity and opportunity of New York City. The Museum connects the past, present and future of New York City through drawings, multimedia productions, photography, artifacts, and more.

Paola’s 1295 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 794-1890 0

Paola’s is a casual Upper East Side Italian restaurant serving the freshest pasta and creative daily specials. A sample of the menu includes a flavorful mix of beef and veal ragu, squash ravioli, a deliciously rich ricotta cheesecake, and more. Located in the Hotel Wales, Paola’s is a premier choice for couples, families, and business travelers.

Sarabeth’s East 1295 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 410-7335 0

Sarabeth’s East is a world-famous comfort-food restaurant located on the ground floor of the Hotel Wales. Featured on the Martha Stewart Show and in Oprah Magazine, Sarabeth’s East is famed for its eponymous homemade jams, muffins and cookies and remains one of the best places to enjoy the best sweets in the city.

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Café Sabarsky 1048 5th Avenue New York, NY 10028 (212) 288-0665 0.43
Eli's Essentials Madison at 91 Street 1270 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 646-755-3999 0.07
Le Pain Quotidien 1131 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10028 (212) 327-4900 0.4
Le Pain Quotidien 1309 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 203-0802 0.4
London Candy Co 1442 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 427-2129 0.27
Yura on Madison 1292 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 860-1707 0.02
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Barnard College- Columbia University 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 7.31
Columbia University 116th and Broadway, New York, NY 10027 2.09
Hunter College 695 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065 4.61
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 1428 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10029 0.33
Institute of Allied Medical Professions 2 Hudson Place, Hoboken NJ 07030 6th Floor 3.67
Marymount Manhattan College 221 E 71st St, New York, NY 10021 (212) 517-0430 4.76
New York Academy of Medicine 1216 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10029 0.57
New York University School of Medicine Bellevue Hospital Center, 462 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10016 3.81
Parsons- The New School of Design 66 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011 1.81
Weill Medical College-Cornell 1300 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065 4.96
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92nd Street Y 1395 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 415-5500 0.2

Enjoy expanded fitness and swimming pool at 92Y walking distance from the hotel (passes available for purchase at the front desk).

Asphalt Green 555 East 90th Street, New York, NY 10128 (212) 369-8890 0.86

Aquatics, Sports and Fitness Center

David Barton Gym 30 E. 85th St. New York, NY 10028 (212) 517-7577 0.38

Experience one of the best gyms in New York City at David Barton, a premier Upper East Side gym. From dance classes to yoga, group training and personal training, David Barton has it all. Guests can choose from endless cardio machines, free weights and beyond.

New York Sports Clubs 1637 3rd Ave New York, New York 10128 (212) 987-7200 0.36
Park Avenue Nutrition Spa 1108 Park Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 831-7900 0.2

Park Avenue Nutrition Spa specializes in nutritional consultation, acupuncture, hand and foot care, reflexology, alternative healing, massage and reflexology therapy. A magnet for locals and visitors alike, take advantage of this rejuvenating medical spa that offers cutting edge health services.

Pilates Way 7 E 93rd St # 1A New York, NY 10128-0665 (212) 289-5288 0.09

Enjoy intimate private lessons at our gym in the Upper East Side with a pilates program personalized to your individual requirements and goals. Pilates Way offers some of the best instructors, great equipment and a peaceful setting to help tone and transform your body.

Pure Yoga 203 East 86th Street New York, NY 10028 (212) 360-1888 0.59

Voted “Best Yoga” by New York Magazine in 2009 and 2010, Pure Yoga offers the city’s most sought-after teachers, welcoming and ground practicing rooms, over 100 classes a week, master classes lead by world-renowned instructors and a series of workshops and community events.

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92nd Street Y 1395 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 415-5500 0.2

Enjoy a wealth of family-friendly entertainment at the 92nd Street Y, a world-renowned community and cultural center. From lectures to concerts, dance performances, family events, holidays and celebrations, the 92nd Street Y has it all.

AMC Loews Movie Theater 1538 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 0.54

See the latest Hollywood Blockbuster at AMC Loews Orpheum 7, also featuring 3D films on occasion and reserved seating.

Apollo Theater 253 West 125th Street New York, NY 10027 (212) 531-5300 2.11

The world famous Apollo Theater is a historic landmark and one of the most famous music halls in the United States. Since 1934, the Apollo has been the premier showplace for live, theatrical entertainment with performances from Benny Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, Sammy Davis, Jr., Miles Davis, John Coltrane and much more. Today, the Apollo is still one of the best places to enjoy music, comedy and theater.

Carnegie Hall 881 7th Avenue NY 10019 (212) 247-7800 2.27

Just a five minute cab ride from the Hotel Wales, Carnegie Hall is a world-famous venue hosting unforgettable performances by extraordinary artists. One of the most prestigious venues in the world for both classical music and popular music, Carnegie Hall presents about 250 performances each season.

City Cinemas 210 E. 86th Street, New York, NY 0.62

View Hollywood blockbusters, animation features and independent films at City Cinemas, also offering 3D films on occasion.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution 2 East 91st Street (off Fifth Avenue) New York, NY 10128 0.11

Experience the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. Cooper Hewitt educates, inspires, and empowers visitors through design by presenting exhibitions and educational programs and maintaining active publications.

Guggenheim Museum 1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128 (212) 423-3500 0.28

Browse a continuously expanding collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern and contemporary art in a landmark building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Jewish Museum 1109 5th Ave at 92nd St New York, NY 10128 (212) 423-3200 0.09

Located along New York’s Museum Mile, the Jewish Museum is one of the world’s largest and most important institutions devoted to exploring the remarkable scope and diversity of Jewish culture. One of the best museums in Manhattan, the Jewish Museum is known for its large temporary exhibitions, fine arts, social history exhibitions and much more.

Lincoln Center 70 Lincoln Center Plaza New York, NY 10023 (212) 875-5456 2.15

Lincoln Center is home of The Metropolitan Opera, The New York City Ballet, The New York Philharmonic Orchestra and several other resident performing arts companies. Hosting some five million visitors annually, Lincoln Center has been a major contributor to New York City’s cultural and intellectual life. Lincoln Center is a lively community gathering space and is one of the most beautiful Manhattan theaters.

Madison Square Garden 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001 (212) 465-6741 3.44

Madison Square Garden hosts approximately 320 events a year. It is the home to the New York Rangers, the New York Knicks and a variety of concerts throughout the year.

Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street New York, NY 10028 (212) 535-7710 0.63

Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is located in New York City’s Central Park along Fifth Avenue. Nearly five million people visit this Manhattan art Museum each year. Visitors to the museum will enjoy more than two million works of art spanning five thousand years of world culture, from prehistoric to present and from every part of the globe.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W. 53rd Street New York, NY 10019 (212) 708-9400 2.16

A testament to creativity in all mediums and facets of life, the MoMA is an inspiring collection of modern art only a quick train ride away from our hotel. This art museum brings visitors from around the world to Manhattan, showcasing original works from Van Gogh, Warhol, among other historic figures. Featured exhibits include Björk, a retrospective of the musician’s career and One Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North, displaying all original 60 panels of Lawrence’s Migration series.

Museum of the City of New York Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Avenue New York, New York 10029 (212) 534-1672 0.61

The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.

The Jewish Museum 1109 5th Ave at 92nd St New York, NY 10128 (212) 423-3200 0.09

Through its unparalleled collections, distinguished exhibitions, and related educational programs, The Jewish Museum is dedicated to the preservation, enjoyment and understanding of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Jewish people. Located along New York's Museum Mile, this elegant former residence has been the home of the museum since 1947.

Radio City Music Hall Radio City Music Hall 1260 Avenue of the Americas New York, New York 10020 (800) 745-3000 2.34

Radio City Music Hall is the largest indoor theater in the world. A magnet for celebrities, this Manhattan theater is the ultimate destination for the brightest and the best. From Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Cosby, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ray Charles and BB King, endless celebrities have performed at Radio City Music Hall. The theater continues to host the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and much more.

Rose Center for Earth and Space American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street New York, NY, 10024 (212) 769-5100 1

Located in the Museum of Natural History, the Rose Center for Earth and Space is a 120-foot-high all glass cube that encloses the iconic Hayden Sphere. Inside, visitors will enjoy space shows on a high-resolution full-dome video screen, the Big Bang Theater which serves as an introduction to the Heilbrun Cosmic pathway, and the Gottesman Hall of the Planet Earth which has displays that illustrate the Earth’s geological history.

Place Name Address Phone Distance Show on map
34th Street 34th Street 3.48

34th Street from 1st Avenue to Park Avenue From the Macy’s flagship at Herald Square to Zara, the essential fast-fashion stop, the 34thStreet District has got it all. Flock to 34th Street to enjoy world-famous shopping, renowned Manhattan attractions, and popular local dining all in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.

86th Street (between Lexington & 3rd Avenues) 150 E 86th St #2 New York, NY 10028 0.52

Just a ten minute walk from Hotel Wales, East 86th Street boasts a multitude of restaurants, stores and movie theaters. Popular stops include: Aldo, AT&T, Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Gap, H&M, Orva, Sephora, Shake Shack, Steve Madden, Verizon and Victoria's Secret.

Barneys New York 660 Madison Avenue 
New York, NY 10021 (212) 826-8900 1.6

For edgy designer fashion, Barneys’ flagship store on Madison Avenue will satisfy even the most discerning fashionista. Barneys offers everything from sophisticated items like Prada suits to co-op items from Ella Moss, Alexander Wang, Marc by Marc Jacobs and more.

Bergdorf Goodman 754 5th Avenue New York, NY 10019 (212) 753-7300 1.84

Located on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, Bergdorf Goodman is a luxury goods department store with designer duds, jewelry and accessories, handbags, endless shoes, men’s apparel and beyond. Designer collections include Vera Wang, Jason Wu, Donna Karan, Zach Posen and much more.

Bloomingdales 1000 3rd Avenue New York, 10022‬ (212) 705-2000 1.94
Blue Tree 1283 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 369-2583 0.04
Bon Point 1269 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 722-7720 0.08
Diana & Jeffries Clothing 1339 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 831-0531 0.07
J. McLaughlin 1311 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 369-4830 0.05
Madison Avenue (between 57th and 86th Streets) 660 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10065 1.6

From 72nd Street to 58th Street, Madison Avenue is home to a variety of high fashion boutiques, designer goods, and big-name department stores. From Barneys New York to Giorgio Armani, La Perla, Prada, Yves St. Laurent, Ann Taylor, Coach, and more, Madison Avenue shopping has limitless options for retail therapy. From 82nd Street to 92nd Street, find an array of neighborhood boutiques and fun shops within walking distance of the hotel. From Blue Tree’s hip kids’ to Otte’s urbane formal wear and Urban Athletics’ sleek sportswear, shoppers have endless options. Stroll along Madison Avenue and you will find boutiques for some of the world's best designers including: Armani, Alexander McQueen, Cartier, Coach, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Hermes, Jimmy Choo, Prada, and Vera Wang.

Mirabelle 1310 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 534-2116 0.05
The Corner Bookstore 1313 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 831-3554 0.05
Saks Fifth Avenue 1611 Fifth Ave. New York, NY 10020 (212) 753-4000 1.49

Directly across from Rockefeller Center, Saks Fifth Avenue occupies an entire city block and is one of the city’s preeminent high-end department stores since it opened in 1924. The ten-floor luxury store offers some of the best NYC shopping, including an array of designer goods such as Marc by Marc Jacobs, Juicy Couture, Gucci, Prada, Fendi and beyond.

SoHo SoHo (between Broadway West & 6 Avenue) 5

By far one of the best NYC shopping neighborhoods, SoHo’s shopping grid runs from Broadway west to Sixth Avenue, and Houston Street south to Canal Street. Broadway is the most commercial trip in SoHo, with such recognizable names as Pottery Barn, Banana Republic, Sephora and A/X Armani Exchange.

Urban Athletics 1291 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 828-1906 0
Veronique Maternity 1321 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 831-7800 0.05
Fifth Avenue Shopping 767 Fifth Avenue 1.76

Fifth Avenue is lined with stores for all ages. New Yorkers and visitors alike fill the streets to visit and shop at an array of world-famous shops, including the Apple Store, FAO Schwartz, H&M, Tiffany & Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, Cartier, Gucci and much more.

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Demarchelier 50 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028 (212) 249-6300 0.33
Islands 1305 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128 (212) 996-1200 0.02
Le Paris 1312 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128 (212) 289-0997 0.05
Marco Polo Pizza Café 1289 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128 (212) 427-3777 0.03
Paola's 1295 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10128 (212) 794-1890 0
Parlor Steakhouse 1600 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128 (212) 423-5888 0.36
Pascalou 1308 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128 (212) 534-7522 0.02
Sarabeth's East 1295 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10128 (212) 410-7335 0
Serafina 1022 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10075 (212) 734-2676 0.68
Vico Restaurant 1302 Madison Ave, Manhattan, NY 10128 (212) 876-2222 0.01
Yura 1292 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128 (212) 860-1707 0.02
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92nd Street Y 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128 (212) 415-5500 0.2

Located walking distance to Hotel Wales you will find 92nd Street Y which is a world-class cultural and community center where people all over the world connect through culture, arts, entertainment and conversation. In addition, the 92Y’s May Center is your place for expanded fitness, health, sports and swim destination.

Alice's Tea Cup Chapter I 102 West 73rd St. New York, NY (212) 799-3006 1.61

Alice’s Tea Cup has three magical locations in the Upper West & East Sides, where your special princess can host a tea party for two, three, or twenty! These storybook cafes are always a great treat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Alice's Tea Cup Chapter II 156 East 64th St. New York, NY (212) 486-9200 1.61

Alice’s Tea Cup has three magical locations in the Upper West & East Sides, where your special princess can host a tea party for two, three, or twenty! These storybook cafes are always a great treat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Alice's Tea Cup Chapter III 220 East 81st St. New York, NY (212) 734-4TEA 0.89

Alice’s Tea Cup has three magical locations in the Upper West & East Sides, where your special princess can host a tea party for two, three, or twenty! These storybook cafes are always a great treat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

American Girl Place 609 5th Ave, New York, NY 10017 (877) 247-5223 2.26

Play games, shop and even have a birthday party!

American Museum of Natural History Central Park West & 79th Street New York, NY 10024 (212) 769- 5100 1.13

Showcasing spectacular sights of prehistoric animals, marine life, space exploration, and much more, the American Museum of Natural History is sure to leave the whole family breathless. Awaken your inner child at the Fossill Halls, where you and the kids can find life-size skeleton replicas of a tyrannosaurus rex, apatosaurus, and other dinosaurs. When you’re done with the dinos, don’t forget to check out the Miilstein Hall of Ocean Life for the whopping 94-foot-long blue whale model. With all these and more, the AMNH stands out as one of the best family attractions in NYC.

Eloise at the Plaza Fifth Avenue at Central Park South, New York, NY 10019 (888) 850-0909 1.77

At the colorful Eloise at the Plaza shop, your child can don their brightest pink frock and play in the Plaza just like the Plaza’s most famous resident. Kids can try on outfits in The Fashion Room, enjoy storytime in The Reading Room, and even try afternoon tea!

Empire State Building 350 5th Avenue New York, NY 10118 (212) 736-3100 3.06

New York’s most iconic building is also one of the best family activities in town! Located in the center of Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building is best place for you and your family to feel the heart of New York. Jet up to the observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floor for an astounding view of the city that is sure to leave your kids in amazement.

M&M World 1600 Broadway New York, NY 10019 (212) 295-3850 2.57

M&M World is the sweetest destination in the city. Offering dozens of different colored M&Ms, as well as gifts decorated with those cute M&M characters, this Times Square attraction is perfect for kids and adults with a big sweet tooth.

Nintendo World 10 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020 (646) 459-0800 2.41

Located in Manhattan's historic Rockefeller Center, Nintendo NY is your very own Warp Pipe into the Mushroom Kingdom and beyond! With 10,000 square feet of dedicated gaming goodness spread over 2 floors, you can check out new and exciting titles headed to Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family of handheld systems, while also scratching that itch to pick up exclusive memorabilia featuring your favorite selection of gaming superstars!

Rockefeller Center 45 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY 10111 (212) 332-6868 2.23

This New York landmark has something for everyone. For TV buffs, the NBC store is loaded with memorabilia, and you can take tours of the SNL and Tonight Show sets. The Top of the Rock Observatory gives you an eye-opening view of the whole city. In winter, the plaza turns into a famous ice rink, where kids can take their first steps on ice.

The Art Farm in the City 419 E. 91st Street New York, NY 10128 (212) 410-3117 0.67

This eco-friendly and organic indoor petting zoo (the only one in NYC!) helps teach your children about nature, animals, and the environment. They have a menagerie of animals, including bunnies, chinchillas, guinea pigs, lizards, turtles, birds, and more!

IT’SUGAR 1542 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10028 (212) 289-2010 0.51

Founded in 2006 by Jeff Rubin, IT’SUGAR is a modern day playground dedicated to immersing its customers in content that they just can’t keep to themselves. IT’SUGAR was created to satisfy a universal sweet tooth and provide a variety of bold merchandise with tongue-and-cheek attitude.

The SWEET SHOP NEW YORK CITY 404 East 73rd Street, New York. NY 10021 (212) 960-8685 1.55

The Sweet Shop NYC, is the design and creation of Kelly “The Candyman” Jaime and his wife Glyn, the husband and wife team who created the shop. Both are self-proclaimed candy buffs and have curated the amazing and never ending variety of sweets! Specializing in retro, nostalgic and hard to find candies, handmade chocolates, licorice, artisan ice cream, gelato and desserts.

Children's Museum of the Arts 103 Charlton St. New York NY. 10014 (212) 274-0986 5.11

The mission of the Children’s Museum of the Arts is to introduce children and their families to the transformative power of the arts by providing opportunities to make art side-by-side with working artists.

The Little GYM 207 East 94th Street, New York. NY. 10128 (212) 787-1124 0.42

The Little Gym of Upper East Side offers progressively structured classes and a positive learning environment to create opportunities for your child to try new things and build self-confidence, all with a grin that stretches from ear to ear. Trained instructors nurture happy, confident kids through a range of classes like parent/child classes and gymnastics, plus fun extras like parties, camps and more.

Dylan's Candy Bar 1011 Third Avenue, New York NY 10065 (646) 735-0078 1.91

Visit the flagship location on New York City's Upper East Side! Discover where it all began with 3 iconic floors of candy deliciousness.

Lego Store Rockefeller Center 620 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10020 (212) 245-5973 2.25

The Lego Store aims to inspire children through unique playful learning experiences and to play an active role in making a global difference on product safety while being dedicated promoters of responsibility towards children.

Conservatory Water East Side from 72nd to 75th Street, New York NY 10022 (212) 310-6600 1.76

The conservatory Water is popular with families and children because of the famous climbing sculptures, the story-telling programs, the model boats, the cafe, and the site in the children's classic Stuart Little. An ornamental pond was constructed as a reflecting pool for a glass conservatory, but when the plan for a structure was abandoned, the water body became the popular model boat pond, inspired by those in Parisian parks.

Central Park Zoo 64th Street and Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021 (212) 439-6500 1.59

Animal lovers rejoice! One of our picks for fun things to do in NYC, the Central Park Zoo houses wildlife from all over the world for you and your family to enjoy. From polar bears to sea lions, red pandas to monkeys, your children are bound to find their favorite animals here. In May, come to welcome the zoo’s newest arrivals, grizzly bears Betty and Veronica for a fun, family-friendly evening!

Mid-Manhattan Public Library 455 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016 (212) 340-0863 2.71

Established in 1970, the Mid-Manhattan Branch contains The New York Public Library’s largest circulating collections in the heart of Midtown

Lucky Strike 624-660 W. 42nd St. New York, NY 10036 (646) 829-0170 3.63

Experience 26 premium bowling lanes, 11 competition ready billiards tables, live music from local DJs, and our legendary food & drink menu, Lucky Strike New York offers a smorgasbord of activity to satisfy any taste.

Disney Store 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036 (212) 626-2910 2.74

Disney Store's New York, NY location offers the latest in official Disney merchandise, including Disney toys, clothes and Disney collectibles featuring everyone's favorite characters including Mickey Mouse, the Disney Princesses, Fairies, Buzz Lightyear, Pooh and many more.

Winter Village at Bryant Park 476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018 (212) 768-4242 2.7

The Rink is the centerpiece of Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. The 170' x 100' rink features free admission ice skating, in addition to high quality rental skates, skating shows, special events, and activities.

The Craft Studio 1657 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128 (212) 831.6626 0.31

The Craft Studio is fun, safe, and provides a welcoming environment where kids and adults alike are free to be creative.

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Eli's Essentials & Wine Bar 1270 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 646-755-3999 0.07
Gina Mexicana 1288 Madison Avenue, New York. NY 212-348-2800 0.03
Gina La Fornarina 26 E 91st St, New York, NY 212-828-6800 0.08
Two Door Tavern 1576 3rd Avenue, New York. NY 212-828-1388 0.45
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Lenox Hill Hospital 100 E 77th St, New York, NY 10075 (212) 434-2000 0.89
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065 (212) 639-2000 1.93
Metropolitan Hospital Center 1901 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10029 (212) 423-6262 0.83
New York Academy of Medicine 1216 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10029 (212) 822-7200 0.57
NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center 525 E 68th St, New York, NY 10065 (212) 746-5454 1.93
Rockefeller University Hospital 1230 York Ave, New York, NY 10065 (212) 327-8448 2.05
Mount Sinai Hospital 1190 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6500 0.51

Integrated healthcare system

Hospital of Special Surgery 535 E 70th St, New York, NY 10021 (212) 606-1000 1.91
Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital 210 E 64th St, New York, NY 10021 (212) 838-9200 1.76
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Gracie Mansion 88th Street and E End Ave, New York, NY 10028 1.03

This picturesque riverside mansion has been the official reside of NYC mayors since 1942, when Mayor Fiorella La Guardia moved in. Previously, it was the first home of The Museum of the City of New York. Built in 1799, it’s one of the most historic buildings in Manhattan.

La Maison Du Chocolat 1018 Madison Avenue New York, NY (212) 744-7117 0.7

At this famous chocolatier, you’ll discover rich and decadent treats that will make you want to skip dinner and always head straight to dessert. Discover why these Parisian artisans are legends of sweets.

Shake Shack East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028 (646) 237-5035 0.66

Looking for some authentic NYC grub? Shake Shack on 86th street is one of the most popular restaurants in the city. Whether you’re craving one of their signature shakes, tasty burgers, or crunchy fries, Shake Shack is a meal you won’t forget. Get there early—this delicious food is really in demand!

The New York Society Library 53 East 79th Street New York, NY 10075 (212) 288-6900 0.71

The New York Society Library is the city’s oldest library. Built in 1754, it even predates The United States. The library is open to all for reading, exhibits, and events. Spend an afternoon of relaxing reading with its 300,000 books.

Museum Mile 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street New York, NY 10028 0.63

Our location along Museum Mile means that we’re the go-to hotel for museum lovers. The iconic Guggenheim Museum is just steps away from your apartment door. Nearby, there’s the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and a charming café, Tarallucci e Vino. Our hotel near The Met is perfect for anyone seeking out the best museums in the world. El Museo del Barrio at 104th Street Museum of the City of New York at 103rd Street Jewish Museum at 92nd Street Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design at 91st Street National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts at 89th Street Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum at 88th Street Metropolitan Museum of Art from 82nd to 86th Streets Goethe House German Cultural Center at 82nd Street

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Hotel Wales
1295 Madison Avenue (between 92nd & 93rd), NY, 10128, USA
Phone: (212) 876-6000