When Chico’s asked me to participate in their Destination Fabulous campaign and create a city guide, I couldn’t imagine how I’d narrow down all the wonderful places I love in New York. So instead, I’ve narrowed my focus down to my neighborhood on the Upper East Side and my 10 favorite places. We joke that uptown is the new downtown but we have so many wonderful museums, restaurants, and small shops, that sometimes there’s no reason to go downtown all week. Oh, and we have Central Park as our backyard.
What could be better than that fabulous destination?!
The best thing about Chico’s unique edition pieces is that they easily transition from day to night. I wore the gold Foil Shimmer Moto Jacket and Bali Tassel Necklace to lunch at JG Melon with jeans and to Bemelman’s Bar over a black dress.
1. JG Melon (1291 Third Avenue at 74th Street) - Every week at least someone suggests lunch at JG Melon, more often than not, it’s my friend Kimberly now that she works from home too. Definitely order a Bloody Mary, cheeseburger, and cottage fries. We laugh at anyone who tries to be healthy and order a salad. Oh, and make sure you stop at the ATM first. They don’t accept credit cards. When it's warm as it was earlier this week, I sat outside with my new chic Chico's gold and cork clutch available in stores now.
2. Il Papiro (1021 Lexington Avenue bet 73rd and 74th Streets) – If I need a unique gift for someone, I love to stop by Il Papiro for one of their beautiful marbled notebooks. Everything is made the old fashioned way in Italy which makes everything they sell extra special. Pop into Organic Avenue next door for a green juice too.
3. Lexington News (987 Lexington Avenue at 71st Street) – I never met a magazine I didn’t like and I make multiple stops every week at Lexington News for the latest publications. Kevin the manager always remember that I need a receipt too which I appreciate. You can also play the lottery here which I’ve been known to do when the Mega Millions jackpot is too good to ignore.
4. Plaza Flowers (944 Lexington Avenue at 69th Street) – Down the street is the very chic florist Plaza Flowers but the Upper East Side is also home to a plethora of corner bodegas who also offer a great selection of flowers. I couldn’t have gotten through this cold and snowy winter without my weekly flower arrangements.
5. Ladurée (864 Madison Avenue bet 70th and 71st Streets) – One of my favorite places in Paris is Ladurée so I was very excited when they opened their first US shop right near my apartment. There is often a line, especially on weekends, so I stop in when ever I see there isn’t one. The vanilla and salted caramel macarons are my favorites. Here I am wearing the gold Foil Shimmer Moto Jacket and Bali Tassel Necklace I mentioned above.
7. The Frick Collection (1 East 70th Street at Fifth Avenue) – We are lucky to have one of the most beautiful museums in New York uptown. It’s a jewel box that was once the home of industrialist Henry Clay Frick and his family. It’s also home to some of the most beautiful Vermeer paintings in the world. I love peeking into the gardens when I walk by too.
8. Central Park (Fifth Avenue to Central park West from 59th Street to 110th Street) – Central Park isn’t just a backyard but an oasis from the maddening city. Sometimes I’ll just sit by myself and watch the kids play with the sailboats at the Conservatory Water and other times, I’ll take a long walk with friends. But it’s all perfect for beautiful Instagram photos.
9. Le Charlot (19 East 69th Street at Madison Avenue) – Le Charlot is always full of French people so it’s a great place for practicing my French. It’s also one of the few chic restaurants with outdoor seating too which makes it a lovely place for dinner on a warm evening. Order the Heart of Palm & Avocado Salad to start and the Organic Roasted Chicken with a bottle of French wine bien sur.
10. Bemelman’s Bar at the Carlyle Hotel (35 East 76th Street at Madison Avenue) – A great way to end the end the day uptown is listening to jazz at Bemelman’s with a glass of champagne and nibbling on bar snacks they bring to your table. It’s the closest you can get to truly old New York and it might just be where I end the night on my birthday tonight.