Downtown Uptown on the Upper East Side | New York City
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created by | Mary
transit | walkable
total distance | 0.6 mile
est. travel time | 12 minute walk end to end
Upper East Side is the home of two of the most famous museums New York has to offer; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In this guide I will only mention the Guggenheim as it is a shorter walk from the rest of the guides- but of course you can choose which one you would like! The Upper East side is also packed with cafes and restaurants, but given that it is a little more residential you won’t find as many shops as you would in downtown Manhattan.
Mary is a writer from Iceland and Greece working in the media industry. She is an avid traveler having lived in five countries and studied languages and arts in U.S.A., Iceland and Denmark. She is a lover of art, culture and languages. New York City is exactly that, which is why she decided to move here. She has loved every minute of it!
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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
$$ | Modern-art museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128
The Guggenheim museum is iconic inside and out, housed in a six story concrete ramp designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. If you like Pablo Picasso or Wassily Kandinsky, this is the place to go! The art museum includes both permanent pieces as well as special temporary exhibitions. I recommend going later in the evening to avoid the crowd and the school-tours!
1742 Wine Bar
$$ | Stylish, contemporary locale offering a creative wine list with pizzas & small plates, plus beer.
1742 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128
Six blocks from The Guggenheim you’ll find a small and cozy restaurant called 1742 Wine Bar. I’ve been here for countless date-nights with my husband. On their website you can see the standing offer of dinner and a bottle of wine for two people for only $30! You can check Groupon for even more offers. Every time I go there I order the California style pizza- I think it’s my Mediterranean side that rules that decision. Sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, mushrooms and goat cheese. Need I say more?
$$ | Funky hangout that offers cappuccinos by day, craft beers by night & also has fondue & s'mores.
1744 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128
DTUT is a dim-lit and cozy cafe/bar with exposed brick walls and antique furniture. It's located right next door to 1742! Talk about convenience. After your dinner, pop in here for some wine and s’mores! You get your own s’more station (yes, even the fire) delivered to your table so you make them yourself. It may not be a bonfire under the stars but it’s still pretty romantic!