UES Hot Spots


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
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 NYtheir 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.

The Meatball Shop
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).

A few of my other favorite spots on the Upper East Side include:
East End Kitchen
Heidi’s House
The Penrose

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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.

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  1. Karen Koblan said:

    I lived on the UES for 5 years and I miss it very much. I loved the neighborhood and I loved reading this post!

    10.9.13 · Reply
  2. PRBlonde said:

    East End kitchen and Penrose are UES staples! Thanks for “repping” our hood Julia!

    10.9.13 · Reply
  3. Dana said:

    Oh I love Uva! I used to live on the UWS and would go there all the time – so good!

    10.9.13 · Reply
  4. My hubby & I used to live way, way up on the UWS & no one would ever come up, but there are definitely some good places. Of course, now that I live in Brooklyn, I rarely venture past 14th, but I’ve been thinking I need to go back up & do some exploring…that brunch spot sounds great!

    10.10.13 · Reply
    • You should come uptown for an adventure! Have brunch at Kayser and then head to Central Park 🙂

      10.16.13 · Reply
      • We actually made it uptown this past Sunday to hang out in Central Park, but didn’t make it to brunch…next time 🙂

        10.18.13 · Reply