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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 neighborhood guide. Hotel Wales is one of the highlight Upper East Side boutique hotels just steps away from standout NYC attractions. Stroll down quiet, tree-lined streets to UES attractions such as Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Museum, Madison Avenue shopping, and more. Venture a short train or bus ride away and see Big Apple staples such as the Apollo Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, 92nd Street Y, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Times Square, the Empire State Building and Grand Central Terminal.

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 with 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!

For more information on area attractions, refer to our quick Manhattan travel guide.

Manhattan Attractions

Our Favorite Upper East Side Attractions

Hotel Wales is one of the top New York hotels for families, placing you just minutes away from the top UES attractions. The Manhattan attractions near our hotel are varied and endless, from strolling Central Park to perusing various museums and dining at the renowned Sarabeths. Refer to our guide below for our favorite attractions in Manhattan near our charming Carnegie Hill hotel.

A Gem Among Hotels Near The Guggenheim

Show Stopping Entertainment

From concerts, to theater, art and dance, New York City offers some of the best entertainment in the world. Enjoy the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center, comedy and concerts at the Apollo Theatre, the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall and much more. Experience everything NY has to offer when you stay at one of the top hotels near the Guggenheim and other Manhattan museums. For recommendations, refer to the list below.

Marvelous Madison Avenue Shopping

Designer, Vintage, Bargain, and More

Enjoy some of the best shopping in the world during your visit to New York City. Fabulous finds at high fashion shops on Madison Avenue, Fifth Avenue and more, shopping in New York City brings limitless purchase potential. Read about the hottest shopping neighborhoods and streets with our guide below. You can easily access it all when you stay at Hotel Wales, the top choice among hotels near Fifth Avenue NYC shopping.

Hotel Wale's Upper East Side Gym

Manhattan Fitness & Wellness

Stay fit during your stay at the Hotel Wales. Guests can also enjoy several gyms, yoga and Pilates studios nearby. New York City is the perfect place to try out a new gym or attend a thrilling workout class. For a list of Manhattan fitness centers nearby, refer to our quick guide below.

Upper East Side Salons

Beauty Fixes Nearby

Get your beauty fix at one of many Upper East Side salons by Hotel Wales. From manicures to taming your mane, there are several options to maintaining or enhancing your look nearby. Review our favorite options in Upper East Side nails, hair care and beyond.

Upper East Coffee Shops

Java, Small Bites and More

Get your caffeine fix and a small bite at one of many nearby Upper East Side coffee shops by the hotel. From familiar items at Starbucks to gourmet snacks at Yura, there are several options to satiate your sweet tooth and deliver a morning (or afternoon) jolt nearby. Check out our favorite Upper East Side cafes.

Hotel Wales Restaurants

The Ideal New York Business Hotel

Close Your Next Deal at Hotel Wales

Choose to stay in one of the finest business hotels in NYC. We provide comfortable accommodations, impeccable service, and fantastic specials for business and leisure travelers. Hotel Wales is located in the Upper East Side, among some of the finest restaurants for business lunches, as well as near major corporate headquarters.

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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.

Central Park Zoo 830 Fifth Avenue (212) 439-6500 1.58

The Central Park Zoo is a small 6.5-acre zoo located in Central Park in New York City.

Ciao Bella 27 East 92nd Street New York, NY 10128 212-831-5555 0.03

Ciao Bella's Upper East Side gelato bar is less than one block away from Hotel Wales. Treat yourself to a cup of all natural gelato, sorbet, or a fat-free smoothie. Guests of Hotel Wales will receive 10% off their total purchase when they show their room key.

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
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.

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.

The New York Botanical Garden 200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
 Bronx, NY 10458 (718) 817-8700 6.61

One of the premier botanical gardens in the United States, the New York Botanical Garden boasts 250 acres of lush indoor and outdoor gardens and natural forest, as well as classes, concerts and special exhibits. Discover the captivating Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden’s 2,700 plants of more than 250 varieties, relax in the calm Conservatory, or take a jaunt through the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden.

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

The world famous Apollo Theatre 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 theatre.

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
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution 2 East 91st Street (off Fifth Avenue) New York, NY 10128 0.11
Guggenheim Museum 1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128 (212) 423-3500 0.28
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.

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 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.

Playhouse 91 Theater 316 E. 91st Street, New York, NY 0.52
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 Shopping (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 Designer Boutiques (between 57th and 86th Streets) 660 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10065 1.6

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

Hotel guests can enjoy use of 92Y’s May Center for Health, Fitness and Sport for $15 per day, excluding specialty classes. 92Y May Center offers a 25-yard lap pool, 5,000 square foot cardio area, 100 weekly fitness classes, plus expert wellness, nutrition and personal training all under one roof. The May Center takes the "work" out of your workout—for fitness that’s fun, flexible and fresh.

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.

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.

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

Aquatics, Sports and Fitness Center

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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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Café Sabarsky 1048 5th Avenue New York, NY 10028 (212) 288-0665 0.43
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
Starbucks 1378 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 534-7225 0.18
Yura on Madison 1292 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 860-1707 0.02
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Ciao Bella Gelato 27 E 92nd St #1, New York, NY 10128 (212) 831-5555 0.03
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 10075 (212) 794-1890 2.19
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 10075 (212) 410-7335 2.19
Serafina 1022 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10075 (212) 734-2676 0.69
Table D'Hote 44 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128 (212) 348-8125 0
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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Bloomberg L.P. 731 Lexington Avenue New York, NY (212) 318-2000 1.86
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
Javitz Center 655 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001 3.9
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 UPS Store 1636 3rd Ave New York, NY 10128 (212) 410-7814 0.26

Shipping Center, Printing Services

Place Name Address Phone Distance Show on map
Marymount Manhattan College 221 E 71st St, New York, NY 10021 (212) 517-0430 4.76
Hunter College 695 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065 4.61
Parsons- The New School of Design 66 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011 1.81
Barnard College- Columbia University 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 7.31
Weill Medical College-Cornell 1300 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065 4.96
Institute of Allied Medical Professions 2 Hudson Place, Hoboken NJ 07030 6th Floor 3.67
Hotel Wales
1295 Madison Avenue (between 92nd & 93rd), NY, 10128, USA
Phone: (212) 876-6000