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Neighborhood Guide

If you want to experience the bustling New York City of movies and postcards, look no further than Midtown East. Home to countless Gotham landmarks, world-class restaurants and shopping, and architectural points of interest—from glistening Art Deco skyscrapers to towering Tudor-style apartments—the neighborhood has plenty for visitors to see, eat, and do without traveling too far. The area doesn’t just attract tourists either: prominent American companies like Bloomberg, Capital One, and Pfizer have set up their headquarters in the neighborhood. Then there’s the United Nations, which sits a hop skip away from The Benjamin, and plays host to some of the world’s most important diplomats.

By night, the neighborhood quiets down considerably, offering dining options that range from relaxed to refined. Whether you’re looking for a classic New York City Irish pub or a swanky club and lounge, you’ll find something worthwhile in Midtown East. Here, check out Midtown East’s best bars, restaurants, shopping, and attractions.

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Bloomingdales

Shops

When it comes to world-class shopping, there are few places that rival Madison and Fifth Avenues.

The Benjamin Hotel The National Restaurant
A semi-busy dining room of The National Restaurant. Three people sit at one end the bar. Two women sit at a cafe table near the revolving door, sharing wine and laughing.

Restaurants

With a strong roster of dining options, you’re sure to find whatever you’re looking for in Midtown East, whether it’s a meal composed…

Close up of a bartender preparing a drink at The National. She looks down intent, as she pours alcohol into a silver jigger.
Close up of a bartender preparing a drink at The National. She looks down intent, as she pours alcohol into a silver jigger.

Bars & Nightlife

Though perhaps not known for a non-stop party embraced by other neighborhoods, what you will find for nightlife in the area is excellent….

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grand central

Attractions

While there are countless places to visit in New York City, a fare share of them are easily found in East Manhattan. From…

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central park

Parks & Recreation

Regardless of the time of year, green spaces beckon people to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine, whether it’s for a little yoga,…

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