saatva new york viewing room next to 59th street bridge on the upper east side

Saatva Neighborhood Spotlight: New York City's Upper East Side

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/ May 5, 2022

I've been in love with the Upper East Side ever since my sophomore year of college when I longed to feel like I was part of the Gossip Girl crowd.

I used to dress like Blair Waldorf (I still have a drawer full of headbands, which are thankfully now back in style) and ride the subway in from Queens after class to window shop at Bloomingdale's or walk around The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

So when Saatva opened the doors to its first Viewing Room in the neighborhood—a half-mile from the legendary 59th Street bridge—a couple of years ago, I was understandably excited. I even worked out of the New York Viewing Room for a few months and would regularly pop into Bloomingdale's on my lunch break. 

The beauty of the Upper East Side is that it's easy to get around the area by train—or, if the weather is nice out, by foot.

So whether you're visiting from out of town or you like playing tourist in your own city, go ahead and shop for a new Saatva mattress, enjoy a frozen hot chocolate on a warm summer day, and take in the sights around the neighborhood.

Here's a list of my—and my New York colleagues'—favorite places to shop, eat, and explore on the Upper East Side. XOXO.  

Where to shop 

Saatva Viewing Room 

Saatva's flagship Viewing Room is a 3,300-square foot tranquil oasis in the heart of bustling Manhattan. This self-guided space features cutting-edge technology from Samsung so customers can learn more about Saatva's mattresses and bedding at their own pace. 

The Viewing Room was designed by renowned interior designer, Vicente Wolf, who described the location as "a sensory experience that represents what Saatva stands for." Saatva offers free white glove delivery anywhere in the country, so you can place an order in the New York Viewing Room even if you're just passing through the area. 

saatva new york viewing room on the upper east side, new york city

Saatva New York: 969 Third Ave

Bloomingdale's

A trip to this iconic department store is a must if you're on the Upper East Side. Originally founded as a garment store in 1862, Bloomingdale's moved from the Lower East Side to its current location in 1886 and quickly became one of the most popular shopping destinations in the country.

From handbags to jewelry to home goods, you can find all sorts of high-quality items you'll want to carry out in one of Bloomingdale's famous brown shopping bags. 

bloomingdale's on the upper east side, new york city

Bloomingdale's1000 Third Ave

Anthropologie

Fancy yourself more of a Serena van der Woodsen than a Blair Waldorf? Then you'll love the chic boho clothing at Anthropologie. Stock up on flowy dresses, leather booties, floppy hats, and more. You can also get your hands on unique housewares like vintage-inspired mirrors, handwoven rugs, and marble lamps. 

antropologie on the upper east side, new york city

Photo via Anthropologie

Anthropologie: 1230 3rd Ave

Aesop

This Australian luxury beauty brand offers skin care, hair, and body products to nourish you from head to toe. The brand is known for its use of natural ingredients and uplifting scents, as well as the sustainable design of its stores. The bestselling hand wash would look great on your bathroom counter—and it makes for a nice gift too. 

aesop on the upper east side, new york city

Photo via Aesop

Aesop: 1070 Madison Ave

Boisson 

Boisson is not your average liquor store. In fact, it isn't a liquor store at all. This sophisticated shop specializes in selling nonalcoholic drinks, from beers to wines to spirits, for those looking for an alternative to alcohol. You can also purchase glassware, large ice cube trays, and other bar accessories so you can sip "whiskey" like you're Chuck Bass—without the next-day hangover. 

boisson on the upper east side, new york city

Photo via Boisson

Boisson1025 Lexington Ave

Albertine

Embrace your inner Francophile at Albertine, the only bookstore in New York City devoted solely to books in English and French. The shop carries more than 14,000 classic and contemporary works from 30 French-speaking countries. Plus, Albertine is housed inside the Payne Whitney House, a historic mansion on the Upper East Side. 

albertine on the upper east side, new york city

Photo via Albertine

Albertine: 972 Fifth Avenue

Where to eat and drink

Serendipity 3

A trip to the Upper East Side isn't complete without a stop at Serendipity 3, home to the famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. This frozen concoction is the perfect way to cool down after a day of shopping and exploring.

Frrrozen Hot Chocolate at serendipity 3 on the upper east side, new york city

Photo via Serendipity 3

Serendipity 3: 225 E 60th St

Tal Bagels

There's a lot of debate over which bagel on the Upper East Side is best. The Saatva team happens to be a fan of Tal Bagels. Whether you prefer plain, sesame, or everything, you'll be impressed by the chewiness of the bagels here. Order your bagel of choice with cream cheese and lox for a quintessential New York City breakfast. 

tal bagels on the upper east side, new york city

Photo via Tal Bagels

Tal Bagels977 1st Ave 

P.J. Clarke's

Established in 1884, this restaurant and saloon has been a neighborhood institution for over a hundred years. Post-Prohibition, P.J. Clarke's became a favorite haunt of everyone from Frank Sinatra to Jackie Kennedy. Head here to savor local oysters, fan-favorite burgers, and a refreshing cocktail or two. 

pj clarke's on the upper east side, new york city

Photo via P.J. Clarke's

P.J. Clarke's915 3rd Ave

Le Botaniste

For a casual lunch, grab a seat at this vegan and gluten-free eatery. It's the only organic, plant-based, and carbon-neutral restaurant in New York City. The menu focuses on bowls that are full of healthy and delicious ingredients. There are also plenty of appetizers, like veggie sushi rolls, young coconut ceviche, and green pea hummus, to share. 

le botaniste on the upper east side, new york city

Photo via Le Botaniste

Le Botaniste833 Lexington Ave

Jardino

If you're in the mood for pasta and pizza, then you can satisfy your craving at this charming Italian bistro on the Upper East Side. Sit in the outdoor garden, split a classic wood-fired margherita pizza, and savor a glass of wine to end a busy day. 

Jardino on the upper east side, new york city

Photo via Jardino

Jardino1159 3rd Ave 

Where else to spend time

Central Park 

The Upper East Side is conveniently located near New York City's largest urban park. Enter on E 66th St and 5th Ave and you'll be close to the zoo. The Central Park Zoo is home to snow leopards, sea lions, and many more beautiful animals. 

You can then head up toward 72nd St to take a stroll around the tranquil Conservatory Water and snap a picture with the Alice in Wonderland statue.  Keep walking uptown and you'll reach the final destination on our list! 

alice in wonderland statue in central park, new york city

Photo via Central Park Conservancy

Central Park: E 66th St and 5th Ave

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met, as it's affectionately called, is hands-down my favorite museum in all of New York City. There's so much to see, it'd be impossible to do it all in one visit.

The Egyptian Art, Greek and Roman Art, and Costume Institute are my suggested must-dos. And of course, don't leave without taking a selfie on the steps, where many Gossip Girl scenes were filmed. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1000 5th Ave 

Check out our additional travel guides for advice on how to spend the day near our other Viewing Rooms: 

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Christina Heiser

Christina Heiser is the senior content manager at Saatva. She has held previous positions at Everyday Health, Women's Health, and L'Oréal. When she's not working, you can find Christina checking out the latest boutique fitness classes in New York City, cheering on her college basketball team (go Red Storm!), and trying new beauty and wellness trends.

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