created by | Amaia
transit | walkable
distance | 0.7 miles
est. transit time | 14 minute walk end to end

If I were to identify New York City with any single meal, it would be brunch. Weekend brunch is a big deal here and there are countless options for locals and visitors to the city. Within nearly any neighborhood you can find a solid brunch option.

When I have friends visiting from out of town, they are often amazed at how expensive the city can be. After a Friday and Saturday spent hopping around the city it can daunting thinking about spending a ton on an overpriced Sunday brunch. You can still have a quintessential New York City Sunday brunch on the Upper East Side and spend less than $20, if you do it right!


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Bluestone Lane

$$ Coffee Shop | Relaxed cafe with outdoor seating
1085 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128 (near 90th)
(718) 374-6858


Bluestone Lane is a chain of cafes inspired by the coffee culture of Melbourne, Australia. Arrive early to grab a seat and enjoy the hustle and bustle of their Upper East Side location carved into a Church on 5th Avenue. It's a beautiful location and directly across the street from Central Park. The avocado toast is $16 and a flat white is around $4, so with tax and tip you can get in and out for around $20. The people watching is priceless. 

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Central Park Reservoir & Great Lawn

Free | Public Park
Entrance on 5th Avenue near 90th Street


Across the street from Bluestone Lane you'll find an entrance to Central Park that will give you easy access to the Central Park Reservoir. Whether you've been a thousand times or never been to New York City before, the reservoir is always worth a visit. Beautiful views of the Central Park South skyline peak up behind the trees and if the weather is nice the water shimmers just right. After a stroll around the reservoir you can relax on the Great Lawn, which is just a short walk. Bring a magazine or book and something cool to drink and spread out a blanket and enjoy the day!


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Hotel Wales

4 star hotel | rooms $200-$250/night
1295 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128
(866) 925-3746

Hotel Wales is a boutique hotel conveniently just steps from all of the destinations in this guide. Book your room now!


“Hotel Wales is located in a lovely neighborhood near Central Park and the museums, which is perfect”

- Annette, Germany Booking.com

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