Shopping Guide to Upper East Side New York
I’m a resident Upper-East-Sider in Manhattan and every time I say it out loud, or as the case here, in a guest post, all I can think of is how lucky I am to reside in New York. The Upper East Side has some of the best shopping in the world and although it is probably one of the biggest blessings to live alongside some of the best shops in the world (especially after growing up in the midwest where the Gap was the height of fashion), it is also a curse. Every day I have to gather the strength to pass by fabulous stores and have the will power to keep on walking.
While the Upper East Side isn’t famous for its alternative or vintage shops like the Lower East Side, there are many unique boutiques that carry edgy and trendy clothes that aren’t as mainstream as the big department stores. New York has its staples like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, and Barney’s, which are worth a visit if you’ve never been, but these days so much of their merchandise can be found at their other locations in other cities. New York has so many smaller stores that carry things you can’t find in chain stores nationwide and this is the reason you’re in New York. So without further ado, here are some of my favorite shops where you can find some real gems to take home with you.
This tiny shop packs a lot of punch! It might be a bit crowded but there is an enormous array of the best designer swimwear in the city here. The women here are also extremely helpful and can find a flattering swimsuit for every body type!
244 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022
This chic shop features the hottest labels as well as newbie designers. Everything is wearable and nearly every item is a sensible investment piece that won’t go out of style anytime soon. Staffers are unusually friendly and down to earth for an upscale boutique, which I love. Prepare to spend a pretty penny–timeless classics don’t come cheap.
1232 3rd Avenue New York, NY 10021
and 1281 Madison Avenue
(212) 289- 2644
This accessory mecca is a landmark for ladies who lunch who are looking for attention-getting items. The beauty department here carries classic brands like Chanel along with new and innovative companies like Perfekt. We highly recommend picking up Bendel’s iconic striped makeup bags as well as a few pieces of jewelry so you can head home with some extra flair! Do take note: they no longer carry clothing–just beauty and accessories.
712 Fifth Avenue
This store is sure to have a special gift for anyone on your list. It’s like the Upper East Side version of a general store–eye-catching jewelry, unique clothing, and adorably quirky home goods. What makes it so special is that it’s all chosen according to actress, Phoebe Cates Kline’s impeccable taste. Blue Tree is way up on the Upper East Side, all the way in Carnegie Hill to be exact, but it’s worth the trip if just for the celebrity sighting alone.
1283 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128
Two Little Red Hens
After you’ve shopped to your heart’s content, you simply must make a stop at this charming and upscale bakery. This tiny, old-fashioned gem supplies its high-quality cakes and pies for some of the city’s classiest establishments in New York like Dean & DeLuca! Everything is beautifully decorated–almost too good to eat–but it tastes as good as it looks, so you gotta splurge!
Two Little Red Hens
1652 2nd Ave New York, NY 10028