Saturday with the kids in Yorkville, Upper East Side | New York City
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created by | Perry
transit | walkable
total distance | 1 mile
est. travel time | 20 minute walk end to end
Yorkville is a sub neighborhood in Manhattan. It roughly consists of the area east of 3rd Avenue between 79th street and 96th street. It’s one of the most family and kid friendly areas in Manhattan with a number of public and private play spaces, quiet streets, and a growing list of great coffee shops, bakeries and of course, diners! Whether it’s fall, spring, an early Saturday morning, or a lazy Friday afternoon, this guide consists of a few of my favorite spots to take the kids. Hope you enjoy this outing as much as we have!
$$ Classic New York Diner
1634 York Ave, New York, NY 10028 (neat 86th street)
Whether you’ve got your own kids or you’re watching someone else’s for the day, kids start the day early. Let’s face it, diners were invented so Dads would have somewhere to take the kids at 7AM on Saturday morning. This is one of my favorites. Tucked away in Yorkville way over on York Avenue, it’s far from the chaos and tourism you come to think of when you think of a Manhattan diner. It’s a neighborhood spot with some of the best breakfast dishes in the city. By the time you slide into your booth your coffee cup will be full, the test of any great diner.
My Gym Upper East 83rd
$$ | Play place for kids with classes and camps
1608 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10028 (near 84th street)
After brunch, you’ll all be ready to stretch your legs and if your kids are anything like mine they will certainly enjoy a chance to run and bounce around at the My Gym. This location usually opens up at 9AM and they often have open play in between classes and events and birthday parties. Grab a little coffee to go and take the short walk one avenue west and two blocks south.
Two Little Red Hens
$$ American Bakery | Counter service
1652 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028 (near 86th street)
After an hour or two at My Gym, your coffee will likely have worn off and everyone will be in need of a little pick-me up. Two Little Red Hens is a crowd pleaser. The morning baked goods are all amazing but the real attraction is the Brooklyn Blackout cupcakes. You can get them in mini form as well if you want to sample a few flavors. They bake them throughout the day so no matter what time you arrive, something is always just out of the oven, grab a small box and head to the park to enjoy your treats!
Carl Schurz Park
Free | Public Park
East 86th Street & East End Ave, New York, NY 10028
Carl Schurz is a neighborhood favorite. It’s fairly large park that stretches from 84th street to 91st street along the East River. You’ll find swings, a basketball court, a dog run and playground and a number of grassy areas as well as the John Finley walk that is lined with benches overlooking the river. Be glad you have a sweet in hand and if the weather is nice enough roll out your picnic blanked and enjoy a little time by the water.
Looking for a hotel in Yorkville? Book a stay at the Courtyard by Marriott
3 star hotel | rooms $150-$200/night
410 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128
This Courtyard by Marriott is conveniently just steps from all of the destinations in this guide on 92nd Street near 1st Avenue. Book your room now!