Our Must-Visit Spots to Shop, Dine, and Explore on the Upper East Side

Something Navy has a new home on the Upper East Side: our second store opens tomorrow at 1055 Madison Avenue!

In honor of our new locale, we're exploring every corner of the charming and chic neighborhood. The Upper East Side has top-notch shopping, of course, but it's also home to Central Park, celebrated museums, renowned restaurants, and historic bars.

Discover our must-visit spots to shop, dine, and explore on the Upper East Side here.

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What to Do on the Upper East Side

Shop and Stroll on Madison Avenue: No visit uptown is complete without a stroll on the most celebrated avenue on the UES: Madison Avenue. Our favorite route ranges from 65th Street to 86th Street, and you should prepare to stop at the many designer boutiques as you walk uptown. The star of this stretch of Madison is the new Something Navy store, which is ideally situated between 80th and 81st Streets.

Walk Through Central Park: Summer is prime time for a trip to Central Park, and the Upper East Side gives you easy access to many of the park's best spots. Enter Central Park on 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue. From there, you can head slightly north to the Model Boat Pond on 75th Street–you can sit back, relax, and watch people race mini model boats across the water.

Just a few steps away is the legendary Loeb Boathouse, where you can rent a rowboat to take out on the lake or have a delicious meal at the Loeb Boathouse restaurant. Your next destination should be the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, which starts on 86th Street and offers breathtaking views of the cityscape.

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Spots to Visit on the Upper East Side

Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Met is one of the most iconic museums in the world, so it’s the perfect cultural destination to mark your UES adventure.

Their current exhibitions include Alice Neel: People Come First, a retrospective on the American artist, and a special look at the Met’s collection of Old Masters paintings. Capacity is limited, so make sure you plan your visit and reserve a timed ticket in advance. 

Take in the Guggenheim Museum: Continue your art tour of the Upper East Side with a trip to the Guggenheim. The museum's home is a celebrated Frank Lloyd Wright-designed space on 88th Street and Fifth Avenue.

Current exhibitions at the Guggenheim include an exhibit spotlighting Jackson Pollock’s Mural, and Re/Projections, a video, film, and performance art project that is taking place in the building’s rotunda. Timed tickets are required for entry, so plan your visit before you go.

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Where to Eat and Drink on the Upper East Side

Ralph’s Coffee: 888 Madison Avenue

Start your day with a coffee and pastry at Ralph Lauren’s ultra-chic coffee outpost, Ralph's Coffee. If you're lucky enough to snag one of their coveted outdoor seats, you'll get to enjoy prime people-watching with your coffee.

Sant Ambroeus: 1000 Madison Avenue

It's no surprise that Upper East Siders flock to the uptown Sant Ambroeus location. Expect classic Italian food and an impressive wine list at the neighborhood mainstay. They have a delicious selection of items served at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Sant Ambroeus any time of the day.

Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle Hotel: 35 East 76th Street

Bemelmans Bar is the quintessential New York spot, with a storied history and a signature menu of cocktails, wine, and shared plates. The whimsical murals on the wall by Ludwig Bemelmans make this a truly one-of-kind destination. The legendary spot just reopened after being closed for over a year, and it’s truly better than ever.