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Metropolitan Museum of Art Area: NYC Walking Tour

World-class art, tony real estate, and upscale shopping define this classic—and family-friendly—NYC neighborhood.

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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  The Met Museum gets more than five million annual visitors, making it the most popular of the prestigious art institutions that line... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Blue Tree

Actress Phoebe Cates has created a cozy two-floor space with a signature blue exterior and stocked it with original gifts, jewelry, children's toys, and clothing culled from around the globe. Cates and her staff select eclectic merchandise that is witty and wise, from graphic novels and Orla Kiely dresses to Cates's own line of charms promising... More

If the diminutive storefront with its gilded signage, flowerpots, and tin ceiling recalls an earlier era, so does the spirit of this indie bookstore, which has inspired neighborhood loyalty since 1978. It offers free gift-wrapping and house accounts and hosts readings by local writers—even an open house each Christmas Eve. A central kids’ nook has... More

Members show up regularly for continuing-ed classes or workouts in the 80,000-sq-ft gym, but this is hardly your average community center. The nonprofit Y draws culture hounds from across the city and beyond to thousands of annual events, including conversations with boldface names such as Madeline Albright, Patti Smith, and Woody Allen. On other ... More

One of the world’s most acclaimed art museums, the Guggenheim in New York City is dedicated to modern and contemporary art from the 20th century to the present. The Guggenheim was founded by Solomon R. Guggenheim in 1937, when he created a foundation that would sustain a museum housing his personal collection of art. Throughout the years, the... More

Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner endeavors to make the dining experience at his Café Sabarsky, located within the Neue Gallerie, as authentically Viennese as possible. What results is scene that seems more Hapsburg than it does Manhattan, as Sabarsky features tall windows with translucent shades, ornately detailed wood paneling, Josef Hoffmann light... More

One of the world's great museums, this Gothic Revival labyrinth tries to be all things to all art lovers—and with its expansion over the past two decades it often succeeds. The museum's breadth makes it dauntingly huge; grab a map and decide to focus on one wing at a time.

1000 5th Ave.
Museum Mile
New York, NY 10028
United States

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“Gem” is the most common word spoken by New Yorkers when discussing Heather and Scott Fratangelo’s unassuming restaurant in the Upper East Side. Serving authentic, heartfelt Italian and Mediterranean fare, Spigolo avoids all pretention in both décor and cuisine. Favorites include the handmade pasta dishes like cavatelli with sweet fennel ragu and ... More

Sophistication and whimsy converge at this iconic New York bar at the Carlyle Hotel. Taking its name from the children's author and muralist who once resided there, Bemelmans shows the restrained excess expected in an Upper East Side address. White-jacketed waiters serve Gin-Gin Mule and Whiskey Smash cocktails to the black glass tables, while... More

Pittsburgh-born, 19th-century robber baron Henry Clay Frick spent his coal-and-steel millions filling his opulent Fifth Avenue limestone home with this staggeringly well-chosen collection of old masters (kudos to controversial art wrangler Joseph Duveen). Standouts among the holdings: Bellini’s dreamy and exquisitely preserved St. Francis in the... More

10. Roberta Freymann

If Auntie Mame had a store, it would be this vibrant Upper East Side boutique, which designer Freymann fills with women's and children's clothing, accessories, and gifts gathered on her world travels. In a refreshing change from a city full of white-walled shops, this one is filled with brightly colored clothing and painted in exuberant shades.... More