The Upper East Side of Manhattan isn’t known as the coolest ‘hood in the borough . . . Ok it’s not even in the top ten. BUT I’ve lived up here for 5 years and wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s quieter and cleaner than the rest of the city and it has the perks of Central Park, Carl Shurtz Park and the East River running path that all keep me sane.
Plus, despite what those who won’t come above 14th street say, there are some great bars and restaurants uptown. Today I’m going to share with you my top three favorite Upper East Side hot spots and encourage you to jump on that 6 train, come uptown, and check them out!
Maison Kayser (74th and 3rd) is the see and be seen`breakfast/brunch spot on the Upper East Side. On weekends from 9am-1pm, it is packed with Park Avenue women covered in bling, adorable families, and groups of girls gossiping about their weekends. I am generally found in the midst of all that madness, eating a smoked salmon tartine and a pain au chocolate. I never drink coffee but I order an iced coffee every time I go there because it’s just that good.
Otte (71st and 3rd) is one of my favorite places to shop online and in the city. They curate the best pieces each season from all of my favorite brands and their own line is full of simple separates including silk shirts to die for. Their store uptown is chic, clean, and chock full of must-haves. Plus it’s right next door to Anthropologie so you can do some serious damage on that block.
This downtown institution has finally made it’s way to the Upper East Side. Being Italian, my heart will always be won over by a good meatball, and these don’t disappoint. The menu makes it fun to order your meal, giving you a choice of meat, sauce, toppings, and sides – on their own, on a sandwich, or in a mash. The perma-line around the block makes sense once you sit down, feel at home, and eat the best meatballs (outside of my family’s recipe).
Honey by Marc Jacobs is a sunny delicious floral scent – energetic and alluring, with a sparkling, golden touch. The perfect mix of brightness and warmth. The fragrance energizes with the freshness of green pear brightened with a splash of fruity punch and juicy mandarin. At the heart of the fragrance is orange blossom, a note of sparkling femininity that mingles with nectars of honeysuckle and peach. Honey, vanilla, and smooth woods dry down to a warm, golden base.
Compensation was provided by COTY via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are my own (always) and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of COTY. All “hot spots” were chosen solely by me.