Neighborhood Guide

Neighborhood Guide

Midtown East

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Midtown East



Midtown East is a unique mix of commercial and residential buildings in the busiest business hub of New York.  Running from Central Park (59th Street) to 42nd Street, and from the East River to Fifth Avenue, Midtown East is home to some of the tallest sky scrapers, including hotels and apartment buildings, and includes the famous and glamorous stretch of Fifth Avenue where Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman lie, as well as a multitude of other world class designers.  Midtown East is the perfect place for those who like to be close to work, offering luxury apartments as well as elegant pre-war brownstones and townhouses.  With the United Nations and many major corporations nearby, the neighborhood is abuzz with excitement as people travel to and from work each day.  With Grand Central Station calling this neighborhood home, easy access to the rest of the city is a guarantee.  And don’t think that the neighborhood follows a “9-5” schedule—after work, there is an abundance of delicious restaurants and a vibrant nightlife, making Midtown East the place to be no matter what time of day.





Midtown East has hundreds of restaurants of all ethnicities, at all price ranges, and you really can’t go wrong with wherever you choose.  For delicious sushi, check out Aburiya Kinnosuke (213 E. 45th Street), or go to Alto (11 E. 53rd Street) for authentic, mouth-watering Italian cuisine.  Benjamin Steakhouse (52. E. 41st Street) is a prominent Midtown East landmark in the DylanHotel, or head to famous Cipriani (89 E. 42nd Street) for Italian fare with delicious cocktails.



The historical Grand Central Station is certainly a Midtown East Landmark, as is the Plaza Hotel and the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, located in the area.  The United Nations marks the southern edge of Midtown East, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), one of the most distinguished art museums in the world, lies on the edge of the neighborhood.  The TrumpTower, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and RockefellerCenter are also important and renowned landmarks in the area, and the AmericanFolkArt Museum is also located nearby.  For much needed green space and a playground for children in this bustling area, go to GreenacrePark on 51st Street off 2nd Ave, and to catch the latest movie, head to BIG Cinemas Manhattan on 59th Street and 2nd Ave.


Transportation/Getting Around

Grand Central Station provides a major travel hub for Midtown East, with access to the 4, 5, and 6 Subway trains, the 7 Shuttle train, as well as Metro-North.  Many local buses travel through the area, and there is always a taxi nearby when you need one.





The Beekman School and Cathedral High School are located in Midtown East, as are public schools P.S. 59 and H.S. 630 (High School of Art and Design), as well as the United Nations International School (UNIS).








When evening comes, Midtown East transforms from a busy business center to a vivacious nightlife scene.  Whether frequenting one of the many exquisite hotel bars in the area, like Bookmarks Lounge (299 Madison Ave) at the Library Hotel, or going to one of the elegant nightclubs like Branch (226 E. 54th Street), there is always something to do in Midtown East. A number of sportsbars and dive pubs are scattered throughout the neighborhood as well, including Public House (140 E. 41st Street) and T.J. Whitneys (244 E. 53rd Street).



The iconic Fifth Avenue stretch along Midtown East is legendary for its amazing designers and shopping locales.  With shops including Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Salvatore Ferragamo, as well as Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, and Henri Bendel, you can find whatever it is you’re looking for in this fantastic area.  Further south, many boutiques and clothing stores line Lexington and Third Avenues, as well as a plethora of grocery stores and markets for all of your needs.


Other restaurants in Midtown East:


  • Adour Alain Ducasse (2 E. 55th Street)- $$$$- French
  • BLT Steak (106 E. 57th Street)- $$$- Steakhouse
  • Bukhara Grill (217 E. 49th Street)- $- Indian
  • Crave Ceviche Bar (946 Second Ave)- $$- Latin American, Seafood
  • The Garden Restaurant and Wine Bar (57 E. 57th Street)- $$$- American
  • Hatsuhana (237 Park Ave)- $$$$- Japanese
  • Mee Noodle Shop and Grill (922 Second Ave)- $- Chinese
  • Opia (130 E. 57th Street)- $$$- Eclectic/Global
  • Prime Burger (5 E. 51st Street)- $- American, Burgers

For more restaurants in Midtown East, go to New York Magazine’s restaurant page:


Other bars in Midtown East:


  • Cornerstone Tavern (961 Second Ave)- Sportsbar
  • Haven (244 E. 54th Street)- Swanky Lounge
  • LQ (511 Lexington Ave)- Mega-Club
  • Sofia Wine Bar & Café (242 E. 50th Street)- Wine Bar
  • The Stag’s Head (252 E. 51st Street)- Classic Bar
  • The World Bar (845 United Nations Plaza)- Luxurious bar

For more restaurants in Midtown East, go to New York Magazine’s restaurant page:




  • Equinox (250 E. 54th Street)
  • New York Sports Club (NYSC) (885 Second Ave)


Dry Cleaners/Tailors:


  • Knickerbocker Cleaners (1018 Second Ave)
  • Symphony Forty-Four Cleaners (245 E. 44th Street)
  • Hoy Laundry and Cleaners (304 E. 50th Street)


Liquor Stores


  • Melita Wines and Liquor (764 Third Ave)
  • Jeffrey Wine and Liquors (939 First Ave)
  • Diplomat Wines and Spirits (933 Second Ave)


Grocery Stores


  • Food Emporium (969 Second Ave)
  • D’Agostino Supermarket (966 First Ave)
  • Katagiri & Co (244 E. 59th Street)