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Midtown East

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Midtown East is the core retail and commercial neighborhood of Manhattan, containing the highest concentration of business and money this side of, well, the planet. The Empire State Building, the most iconic building (even if no longer the tallest) in the city is here. Shady Bryant Park abuts the imposing New York Public Library main branch at 42nd Street, while to the east is the magnificent Beaux Arts Grand Central Terminal. Le Corbusier's landmark UN Headquarters is located on the East River. The masterpiece art deco towers of Rockefeller Center and adjoining Radio City sit opposite 5th Avenue from St. Patrick's Cathedral, the seat of the city's archdiocese. Fifth Avenue below 59th remains the toniest and most exclusive retail neighborhood in New York City, home to names like Saks, Tiffany and Bendel (and Apple!). Murray Hill north of 34th Street is home to some of the city's nicest brownstones. Much of the real estate in this neighborhood is likewise quite expensive, and the restaurants, bars and other facilities notably cater to a higher-paying clientele.

Midtown skyline

Understand[edit]

Orientation[edit]

Midtown, also called Midtown East to distinguish it from the Theater District to the west, is the area between around 34th St and 59th St (beyond which is Central Park), and from the East River through First, Second, Third, Lexington, Park, Madison, and Fifth Avenues, with Sixth Avenue as the western boundary of the district.

There is a small but vibrant Koreatown neighborhood, which is focused on 32nd St. between Broadway and 5th Av. and extends a bit north, south and east. It has a Midtown character and has been included in this article.

Get in[edit]

Midtown Map

By subway[edit]

There is plenty of subway service to this area. The 4, 5, and 6 lines travel under Park Avenue (south of Grand Central Station) and Lexington Avenue (north of Grand Central), stopping at 42nd St. (Grand Central Station) and 59th St., with the 6 also stopping at 51st St. and 33rd St. Running under 6th Avenue are the B, D, F, and M lines, which stop at 34th St. (close to the Empire State Building), 42nd St. (at Bryant Park, near the library) and 47-50 St. station (near Rockefeller Center). The F line continues up 6th Avenue, stopping at 57th St., while the E and M lines head under 53rd Street, stopping at 5th Av. and Lexington Av. (a passageway offers a free transfer to the 6 line). The 7 and S (Grand Central Shuttle) lines run under 42nd St. Both of them stop at Grand Central Station, with the 7 also stopping at 5th Av. (free transfer to the B, D, and F lines). Also serving the neighborhood are the N, Q, R, and W lines, which stop at 34th St. and 6th Av., close to the Empire State Building.

By MTA bus[edit]

Regular MTA buses run along every avenue except for short avenues like Vanderbilt, and there are also crosstown buses on 34th, 42nd, 49th/50th, and 57th Sts. In addition, express buses stop along these avenues, including the X25 to Financial District. Express buses charge a $6 fare, with free transfers available to other routes, and local buses charge $2.50 and enable free transfers to other local routes and the subway, with some exceptions.

By Metro North commuter train[edit]

Metro North commuter trains originate and terminate at Grand Central Terminal on E. 42 St. between Vanderbilt and Lexington Avs. See the By train section on the main New York City page for more info. Note that the train terminal (but not the subway stop serving it) closes from approximately 1AM to 5AM daily.

See[edit]

Bryant Park, with the Public Library in the background

Parks and recreation[edit]

  • 1 Bryant Park, Main Library, 42nd St and 6th Ave (Subway: BDFM to 42nd St, 7 to 5th Av), +1 212 768-4242, fax: +1 212 719-3499, e-mail: . Located behind the Main Library, this shady park is an excellent spot to relax and get some good views of the surrounding skyscrapers. The park has free wireless internet, a children's carousel, several food and drink kiosks, and seasonal shows such as Fashion Week. Bryant Park on Wikipedia Bryant Park (Q995174) on Wikidata
  • 2 Greenacre Park, 51st St (between 2nd and 3rd Aves). One of New York's many "pocket parks," Greenacre is a small plot of green space and an excellent place to relax, with a nice waterfall in the back, plenty of seats and tables, and lots of shade, plus a small tea shop.
  • 3 Paley Park, 53rd St (between Madison and 5th Aves). Another pocket park which is celebrated among landscape architects and urban designers, Paley is a great place to relax, with plenty of chairs below a canopy of trees and a waterfall spanning the entire back wall of the park. Paley Park on Wikipedia Paley Park (Q5951152) on Wikidata

Skyscrapers[edit]

  • 4 Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Ave (at 42nd St). One of the most recognizable and favored structures of New York, the Chrysler was the world's tallest building when completed in 1930, but lost that title to the nearby Empire State Building less than a year later. But what it lost in fame it makes up for in beauty, with its gorgeous, instantly recognizable Art Deco crown. Chrysler Building on Wikipedia Chrysler Building (Q11274) on Wikidata
  • 5 Citigroup Center, 153 E 53rd St (between Lexington and 3rd Aves). With its distinctive slanted roof and long, slender base columns, this building is another great skyscraper with a grand atrium. Citigroup Center on Wikipedia Citigroup Center (Q391243) on Wikidata
  • 6 Daily News Building, 220 E 42nd St (between 2nd and 3rd Aves). This Art Deco design classic, completed in 1930 to a design by Raymond Hood, was made famous by the Superman films; to be admired are the extreme verticality of the design, the understated setbacks and functional design. The newspaper no longer holds offices here, but the foyer is well worth a visit if passing, if only to see the newspaper's giant globe sculpture and wall weather stations. Daily News Building on Wikipedia Daily News Building (Q2070225) on Wikidata
Empire State Building viewed from below
  • 7 Empire State Building, 350 5th Ave (at 34th St; Subway: BDFMNQRW to 34th St), +1 212 736-3100. Daily 8AM-2AM. A legend from the moment it was finished in 1931, the Empire State Building was easily the tallest building not just in New York, but the entire world for many years before being overtaken by another New York landmark - the twin towers of the World Trade Center. With the destruction of those two buildings, the Empire State Building was once again the tallest building in the city, but that lasted less than eleven years. But even though it's no longer the tallest, it remains iconic and one of the city's biggest tourist attractions. Expect long lines, and a lot of them - you'll have to wait in line to pass through a security checkpoint, wait in line to get tickets, wait in line for the elevators, and then make your way through the crowd on the outdoor observation deck on the 86th floor. One way to deal with the lines is to buy an express line ticket, which will bring you to the front of any line, but it will more than double the cost of your ticket. Another option is to visit very early in the day or late in the evening, when the lines will be considerably shorter. Despite the long lines and inevitable tourist kitsch, the views are excellent and the experience of being outdoors on top of New York City is a great one. Note that hawkers outside the building may try to tell you there is a very long line inside and that they can get you tickets to cut the line for some exorbitant price; before believing them, go inside and check the actual wait time which is clearly written on the electronic boards. $32 adults, $29 seniors (62+), $26 children (6-12), free for military in full uniform/children under 6 (tickets to 102nd floor observatory are $20 extra; express line tickets also sold). Empire State Building on Wikipedia Empire State Building (Q9188) on Wikidata
  • 8 MetLife Building, 200 Park Ave (between 44th and 45th Sts, next to Grand Central Station). Since it was built it has been probably the most hated building in New York, mostly because it rises up over Grand Central Station, completely blocking the view up Park Avenue, but it is a good example of modern architecture. MetLife Building on Wikipedia MetLife Building (Q464482) on Wikidata
While the tallest building of The Rock is 66 floors high, the most often photographed part is firmly on the ground
  • 9 Rockefeller Center (BDFM to 47th-50th St). The Christmas Tree, the Skating Rink, NBC studios, the shops and hubbub - you can't miss it. The Christmas Tree and the Skating Rink are naturally not year round, but in the summer, the complex is a hub for touristy operations. Within the striking Art Deco buildings of the complex are several dining establishments overlooking the area and many stores. Rockefeller Center on Wikipedia Rockefeller Center (Q11277) on Wikidata
    • 10 Radio City Music Hall, 1260 6th Ave (between 50th and 51st Sts), +1 212 307-7171. Daily 11:30AM–6PM. See the Rockettes, another show, or just tour the famous Art Deco masterpiece. Radio City Music Hall on Wikipedia Radio City Music Hall (Q753437) on Wikidata
    • 11 Top of the Rock Observation Deck, W 50th St (between 5th and 6th Aves), +1 212 698-2000, e-mail: . Daily 8:30AM-midnight, last elevator at 11PM. On the 70th floor of the GE Building (better known by some as "30 Rock") is this narrow observation deck, built to resemble the deck of a cruise ship. The deck affords uninterrupted views over Central Park to the north and across Midtown to the south. $25 adults, $23 seniors, $16 children. 30 Rockefeller Plaza on Wikipedia 30 Rockefeller Plaza (Q680614) on Wikidata
  • 12 United Nations Headquarters, 1st Ave at 46th St (No parking available; take public transport to Grand Central Station then walk, or take the M15 bus up 1st Ave or down 2nd Ave or the M42 [42nd St.] or M50 [50th St.] crosstown buses). Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm (no guided tours on Sat and Sun). The UN HQ sits on an 18-acre site between 42nd and 48th Streets, and between First Avenue and the East River. It is noted for its gardens and outdoor sculpture. There is a charge for the tours of the General Assembly and Secretariat but you can visit the Visitor's Lobby for free (although you do have to pass through a security checkpoint). There are two levels to the lobby area which includes a gallery, a gift shop, and a bookshop. If just visiting the lobby, don't join any queues once you're in the lobby - just find your way around. There is little in the way of signs to tell you where you can go - this is the UN, well-meaning but not well organized. Free; guided tours $18 adults, $11 seniors and students, $9 children (6-12; younger children not allowed on tours). Headquarters of the United Nations on Wikipedia Headquarters of the United Nations (Q11297) on Wikidata

Historic buildings[edit]

The Atlas in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • 13 Grand Central Terminal, 42nd St and Park Ave (Subway: 4567S to 42nd St). 5:30AM-1:30AM. Walk in and see the main concourse, a cavernous room often filled with people and elegantly detailed, with arched windows, a lovely clock, and an astronomical ceiling. Free. Grand Central Terminal on Wikipedia Grand Central Terminal (Q11290) on Wikidata
  • 14 New York Public Library, 455 5th Ave (between 40th and 42nd Sts), +1 212 340-0833. M,Th-Sa 11AM-6PM, Tu-W 11AM-7:30PM, closed Su. The main branch of the New York Public Library (officially the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building), this is the grand structure flanked by lions on both sides of the entrance. Inside you'll see impressive architecture, long hallways, and beautifully designed reading rooms. Free. New York Public Library Main Branch on Wikipedia New York Public Library Main Branch (Q7013887) on Wikidata
  • 15 St. Patrick's Cathedral, 460 Madison Ave (between 50th and 51st Sts; Subway: EM to 5th Av), +1 212 753-2261, fax: +1 212 755-4128, e-mail: . A big, grand neo-Gothic Catholic church, presided over by the Archbishop of New York; a years-long renovation was completed in time for a September, 2015 visit by Pope Francis. St. Patrick's Cathedral (Manhattan) on Wikipedia St. Patrick's Cathedral (Q624556) on Wikidata
  • 16 Saint Thomas Church, 1 W. 53th St (corner of 5th Ave.), +1 212 757-7013, e-mail: . Monday-Friday: approximately 7:30AM until 6:30PM; Saturday: mornings and afternoons (hours vary week to week); Sunday: 7AM until 6PM (September - May) or 7AM until 1PM (summer). The interior of this Episcopal church is a peaceful place, and both the exterior and interior are architecturally harmonious and worth looking at if you are walking nearby. Free admission. Saint Thomas Church (Manhattan) on Wikipedia Saint Thomas Church (Q4356655) on Wikidata
  • 17 Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, 301 Park Ave (between 49th and 50th Sts), +1 212 355-3100. A famous luxury hotel. Waldorf Astoria New York on Wikipedia Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (Q1123997) on Wikidata

Museums[edit]

  • 18 The Morgan Library, 225 Madison Ave (at 36th St; Subway: BDFM trains to 34th St or 6 train to 33rd St), +1 212 685-0008, fax: +1 212 481-3484, e-mail: . Tu-Thu 10:30AM-5PM, F:10:30AM-9PM, Sa 10A-6 Su 11-6. Once J. Pierpont Morgan's private library, this building houses his art collection, a Gutenberg Bible, and a first printing of The Star Spangled Banner. The bookshelves lining the walls include books by Dante, Dickens, Einstein, Twain, and several First and Second Folios $15 adults, $10 students/seniors, $10 children under 16, free Friday after 7. Morgan Library & Museum on Wikipedia The Morgan Library & Museum (Q1478423) on Wikidata
  • 19 Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), 11 W 53rd St (between 5th and 6th Aves; Subway: EM trains to 5th Ave/53rd St or BDF trains to 47th-50th Sts-Rockefeller Center), +1 212 708-9400, e-mail: . Sa-Th 10:30AM-5:30PM, F 10:30AM-8PM, open until 8:45PM on first Thursday of the month and every Thursday Jul-Aug. One of the greatest and most popular collections of modern art, on a par with the Tate Modern in London or Paris's Centre Georges Pompidou. Exceedingly popular so be warned: queues for tickets start early and stretch long. To avoid the crowds, turn up at the door at least a half hour before opening, then take the elevator to the top floor and work your way down. The building is as much a draw as the outstanding collection; possessing arguably the best collection of modern masterpieces world-wide, MoMA houses important art works from Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Salvador Dalí, Paul Cézanne, Frida Kahlo, Piet Mondrian, and works by leading American artists such as Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, and Chuck Close. MoMA also holds renowned art photography and design collections. In addition to being the crown jewel of modern art museums, MoMA puts on a terrific repertory program in a nicely renovated theater below the museum. $20 adults, $16 seniors, $12 students, free for children under 16. Free admission for all on Fridays 4PM-8PM. Museum of Modern Art on Wikipedia Museum of Modern Art (Q188740) on Wikidata
  • 20 The Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of Television & Radio), 25 W 52nd St (between 5th and 6th Aves; Subway: EM trains to 5th Ave/53rd St or BDF trains to 47th-50th Sts-Rockefeller Center), +1 212 621-6600. W,F-Su noon-6PM, Th noon-8PM, closed M-Tu. Dedicated to preserving and collecting television programs as a service to the public, the museum consists of two museum branches in Los Angeles and New York City; combined they hold over 100,000 television programs that are available to the public, providing a historical, artistic and cultural perspective to television and radio. You may use their library here for the price of admission. They have lots of old shows and a database so you can see if they have what you want. $10 adults, $8 students/seniors, $5 children under 14. Paley Center for Media on Wikipedia Paley Center for Media (Q7127465) on Wikidata

Do[edit]

Roosevelt Island Tram, with the Queensboro Bridge behind it
  • Walk on 5th Av. Around Christmas, it is usually mobbed, but off-season, it can be downright pleasant, and you can get to see just how pretty some of the department stores and high-end shops are. You may even be able to walk around Rockefeller Center at a strolling pace and see a view of the entire plaza.

For great views:

  • Walk or bike across the Edward I. Koch Queensboro Bridge.
  • Take the Roosevelt Island Tram.

More about Roosevelt Island below:

Roosevelt Island[edit]

Roosevelt Island is an elongated island in the East River between Manhattan Island and Queens. Originally a cattle farm, over the years it has had various names and uses, including as an asylum and a quarantine hospital. Today called Roosevelt Island, it is the home to several thousand New Yorkers who like its calm ambiance and connection to Manhattan. The island offers excellent views of the Manhattan skyline, particularly at the 1 Meditation Steps, just north of the Tramway stop, and 2 Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, a public space at the southern tip of the island, accessed by one of the riverside promenades. The island also affords one of the best views of the city's 4th of July Fireworks displays when they take place in the East River (for the past few years they have instead been shot off from barges in the Hudson River); in such cases, get to the island very early, or you'll find that the seats are sold out.

There are two ways to access the island from Manhattan. The most popular way for tourists (and certainly the most scenic) is to take the 3 Roosevelt Island Tramway, an aerial tram which crosses over the stretch of the East River between Manhattan and Roosevelt Island next to the Queensboro Bridge, offering splendid views of the skyline along the way. You can board the tram on Second Avenue at 59th Street; the one-way fare is $2.50; MetroCards accepted. The second option is to take the subway: the F train makes a single stop on the island, connecting it to the East 60s and Midtown to the west and Queens to the east. Additionally, a road bridge connects the island to the intersection of 36th Avenue and Vernon Boulevard in Queens, allowing you to drive, walk, bike, or take the Q102 bus to the island from Queens.

Buy[edit]

Bergdorf Goodman department store, with the Crown Building (lit up) on the left

Fifth Ave is a shoppers' paradise from 42nd to 60th Streets, boasting numerous flagships stores of national chains. Perpetually mobbed with shoppers and tourists, Fifth Avenue is a virtual standstill during the Christmas shopping season, when Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Cartier, Tiffany's, and Lord and Taylor put out their holiday displays. Other popular stores include Niketown, NBA Store, Versace, Gucci, Armani Exchange.

47th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues is a large wholesale and retail Jewelry District. It is said that nearly every diamond sold in the US passes first through this street. On this street a dealer's reputation among the community of jewelry dealers is all-important, and million-dollar contracts are agreed to with just a handshake because of the reputation of each dealer.

  • 1 Apple Store, 767 5th Ave, +1 212 336-1440. Located beneath a giant glass cube, this flagship Apple Store is open 24/7 and is crowded with shoppers all day long. Come here on the day the company releases a new gadget and you'll see lines that wrap around the block.
  • 2 Bergdorf Goodman, 754 5th Ave (at 58th St), toll-free: +1-888-774-2424. Very high-end designer clothing, jewelry and accessories store for women, men and kids.
  • 3 Morrell Wine, 1 Rockefeller Plaza (49th St between 5th and 6th Aves), +1 212 262-7700. M-Sa 10AM-7PM. Perhaps the best wine selection in the city, this is the place to go if you want to find that unusual bottle to take home as a gift. They also ship all over if you want to take home more than you can carry!
  • 4 Nintendo World Store (more commonly just referred to as the Nintendo Store), 10 Rockefeller Plaza, +1 646 459-0800. A two story specialty store that sells a wide variety of Nintendo merchandise, including videogames, t-shirts, and plushies of your favorite Nintendo characters. The most popular aspect of the store is their Pokecenter which has a wall dedicated to Pokemon videogames, DVDs, action figures and plush dolls. The plush dolls and action figures that are on sale change every week or so, so you need to be quick to find and buy your favorite pokemon’s plush counterpart. The store has a large section devoted to Wiis and 3DS/DS’s that are opened for customers to play and preview videogames before they purchase them. The store also sometimes holds tournaments and video viewings to promote upcoming releases of games.
  • 5 Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 5th Ave, +1 212 753-4000.
  • 6 Tiffany & Co., 727 5th Ave (at 57th St), +1 212 755-8000. M-F 10AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su noon-5PM, closed Memorial Day. The famous jewellers, scene of Audrey Hepburn's Breakfast at Tiffany's

Eat[edit]

Koreatown

In the low 30s near Herald Square is Koreatown, an emerging Little Korea of BBQ restaurants and Asian markets centered on 32nd St. between 5th Avenue and Broadway.

  • 1 Ai Fiori, on the 2nd floor of the Langham Place Hotel, 400 5th Av. between 36th and 37th Sts. (By subway: BDFMNQRW to 34th St/Herald Sq), +1 212 613-8660. Breakfast Daily 7-10:30AM (limited menu in bar/lounge only Sa-Su); Lunch Daily 11:45AM-2:30PM (limited menu in bar/lounge only Sa-Su); Dinner Su-Th 5:30-9:30PM, F-Sa 5-10:30PM; Bar menu Su-Th 5:30-11:30PM, F-Sa 5PM-midnight. This Ligurian restaurant has delicious cocktails (the fiori d'arancia, made with Old Forester bourbon, is absolutely delightful) and equally fine food, made with the freshest, highest-quality ingredients and with some kind of pleasant surprise in every dish. And unlike most other New York restaurants, it has plenty of space between tables. It is expensive but worth the money. The room is large, so while reservations are recommended, this is one upscale restaurant where it's usually possible to reserve at short notice. Around $125/person for dinner, including drinks, tax, and tip.
  • 2 Bill’s Bar & Burger, 16 West 51st Street (at 5th Avenue), +1 212 705-8510. Sa - W 11AM-11PM, Th F 11AM-12PM. Burger spot also known for disco fries (with gravy & cheese), beer & alcoholic shakes. $8-$14.
  • 3 Bryant Park Grill, 25 West 40th St (in Bryant Park), +1-212-840-6500, e-mail: . 11:30AM-11PM daily. New American food in elegant dining room behind the public library, with a view over the park. $30 for mains.
  • 4 Celsius, Bryant Park, +1 212-792-9603. Indoor and outdoor seating in the winter overlooking the skating rink. Good food and service, a little pricey but reasonably for the location (open seasonally).
  • 5 Cho Dang Gol, 55 W 35th St (between 5th and 6th Aves), +1 212 695-8222, fax: +1 212 695-3797, e-mail: . A slightly upscale Korean restaurant that specializes in dishes made with artisanal tofu, several varieties of which are made on premises. Lunch is cheaper (~$20) and more informal. Expect to pay about $30 for dinner.
  • Delegates Dining Room, 1 United Nations Plaza (Follow the procedures to enter the United Nations complex.), +1 917 367-3314. 11:30am to 2:30pm. Located on the 4th floor of the UN General Assembly, this high-class dining hall lets you eat alongside delegates, ambassadors, and celebrities at the heart of international politics. The menu changes every day, providing a unique international buffet every day as you sit with a gorgeous view of the East River. Reservations should be made at least 24 hours in advance. Do note that with security concerns, you'll be escorted to and from the dining room. Dress attire is business casual. The buffet costs $34.99.
  • 6 Don's Bogam, 17 East 32nd St (between 5th and Madison Avs.), +1 212 683-2200. noon-midnight every day. Pleasant restaurant with real decor and ambiance, specializing in Korean barbecue - especially meat marinated in hot sauce - among other things. Don's Bogam and Madangsui (see listing below) are widely considered to be the best Korean BBQ specialists in Manhattan. BBQ $25.95-29.95/portion; comes with generous and excellent banchan (complimentary side dishes).
  • 7 Dos Caminos, 825 Third Avenue (at 50th Street), +1 212 336-5400. Su-Tu 11:30AM-10:30PM, W 11:30AM-11PM, Th 11:30AM-11:30PM, F Sa 11:30AM-12AM. One of four up-market Mexican restaurants in Manhattan by the same name and under the same ownership (the other's are in Gramercy, Chelsea, SoHo) Sticky, saucy ribs and guacamole. $12 - $36.
  • 8 VietHaven, 155 W 51st St, +1 212-342-21-78, e-mail: . Very nice Vietnamese restaurant with full bar. Nice food and decent prices. Try seafood combo $12 - $20.
  • 9 Ess'a Bagel, 831 3rd Avenue (at 51st Street), +1 212 980-1010. M-F 6AM-9PM, Sa-Su 6AM-5PM. This legendary place serves up doughy, chewy bagels the size of hubcaps that some New Yorkers consider 'the best bagels in NYC - which means everywhere'. Bagel-eaters will also find a wide variety of mixed cream cheeses, tofu spreads, and smoked fish. Bagels are cheap, but prices depend on whether you eat in or take out! Expect to pay $3 for two bagels and a small tub of your favorite cream-cheese spread. Lines can be long at lunchtime.
  • 10 Hallo Berlin, 54th St and 5th Ave. M-F 11:30AM-3:30PM. A pushcart on a Midtown street corner that serves what is widely regarded as some of the best German sausages in the city.
  • 11 Han Bat, 53 W 35th St (between 5th and 6th Aves), +1 212 629-5588. Han Bat has the feel of a Korean diner, though with some surprisingly nice decor. Their forte is Hyaemul Dolsot Bibimbap (rice cooked in a stone pot with mixed seafood, herbs, Korean hot sauce, etc.). Some of their other dishes are very salty. Expect to pay around $20 for a hearty meal including 6 banchan (side dishes provided to diners for no additional charge).
  • 12 Havana NY, 27 W 38th St (between 5th and 6th Aves), +1 212 944-0990. Well-priced Cuban casual restaurant & bar for lunch and dinner. They serve a variety of daily specials, including Plantain Soup and Suckling Roast Pork.
  • 13 Joe's Shanghai, 24 W 56th St (between 5th and 6th Aves), +1 212 333-3868, fax: +1 212 397-1107. M-Sa 10AM-11PM, Su 1PM-10:30PM. Try their famous "soup dumplings" -- listed on the menu as "steamed buns", and their other delicious Shanghai specialties. Pricier than the Chinatown location. $10-$20.
  • 14 Kang Suh, 1250 Broadway (actually on W. 32 St. just east of Broadway), +1 212 564-6845. A Korean restaurant with a large menu. You are best advised to order from the regular menu and avoid the lunch specials, which are not as good. There are special banquet rooms for large parties (reserve those in advance), and excellent service is provided.
  • 15 Keens Steakhouse, 72 W 36th St, +1 212 947-3636, fax: +1 212 714-1103, e-mail: . M-F 11:45AM-10:30PM, Sa 5PM-10:30PM, Su 5PM-9PM. A New York chophouse with excellent steaks and great bar for pre & post dinner drinks or just drinks. Fine dining in comfortable surroundings. Founded in 1885, the restaurant has an interesting ceiling covered in 90,000 clay pipes which the customers used to smoke after dinner. Pipes were left at establishments, as they were too brittle to transport!
  • 16 Madangsui, 35 W 35th St (between 5th and 6th Aves), +1 212 564-9333. Serves great Korean barbecue accompanied by a generous (8 dishes) and delectable banchan (complimentary side dishes), plus a bowl of dwenjang jigae (soupy stew made with fermented bean paste).
  • 17 Prime Grill, 25 W 56th St, +1 212 692-9292. Su 5-10:30PM, M-Th 12-2:30, 5:30-11:30PM.
  • 18 Seoul Garden, 34 W. 32nd St., 2nd floor (between Broadway and 5th Av.), +1 212 736-9002. Another Korean restaurant with a substantial menu and some people's favorite.
  • 19 Strip House, 15 West 44th Street, +1 212 336-5454. Su 5PM-10PM, M-W 11:30AM-11PM, Th F 11:30AM-11PM, Sa 5PM-11PM. Steakhouse with a raw bar boasts walls covered with photos of old-Hollywood stars.
  • 20 Tao, 42 E 58th St (between Park and Madison Aves), +1 212 888-2288. Trendy Asian cuisine; reservations required. Beautiful decor.

Drink[edit]

  • 1 Ginger Man, 11 E 36th St, +1 212 532-3740, fax: +1 212 532-3490. Sister bar to the Volcano (below). Larger bar with a broad selection of drinks that also serves bar food and snacks. Also an after-work crowd, this bar is also popular with your average Joes. Good place for groups.
  • 2 mad46, 45 E 46th St. 5PM-12AM. Amazing happy hour spot in Midtown atop The Roosevelt Hotel with a fantastic view. Not only serving delicious after work cocktails, but also offers a lite fair menu.

Sleep[edit]

The doors of the Chrysler Building, widely considered the finest of many Art Deco skyscrapers in Midtown Manhattan because of decorations that can be seen from nearby as well as its elegant shape when seen from afar

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

  • 7 1 Hotel Central Park, 1414 Avenue of the Americas, +1 212 703-2001, toll-free: +1-866-615-1111. Featuring natural light, organic and reclaimed materials. Farm-fresh meal at the restaurant, menu created by Chez Panisse alum, Jonathan Waxman, $300+.
  • 8 70 Park Avenue Hotel, 70 Park Ave (at 38th St), +1 212 973-2400, fax: +1 212 973-2401. Nice boutique hotel with good bar, Silverleaf Tavern, which serves a good G&T. Lovely rooms including LCD TV's etc. Some rooms have a view of the Empire State Building.
  • 9 Avalon Hotel, 16 E 32nd St, +1 212 299-7000. Boutique hotel with roomy suites, close to the Empire State Building. $200-$350.
  • 10 Baccarat Hotel New York, 28 West 53rd St, +1 212 790-8800, toll-free: +1 844 294-1764, e-mail: . An upscale hotel offering 114 rooms and suites. The hotel has many interesting features, including a mica-covered vaulted ceiling, silver-leafed wood paneling, pleated-silk walls, marble, and Baccarat crystal elements throughout. $759+.
  • 11 Bryant Park Hotel, W 40th St (between 5th and 6th Aves, on Bryant Park). Distinctive black brick and gold trim building. Amenities include deep soaking tubs, cashmere blankets, Pipino toiletries, Tibetan rugs in rooms. $245+.
  • 12 Dylan Hotel, 52 E 41st St (between Madison and Park Aves), +1 212 338-0500.
  • 13 Fitzpatrick Manhattan Hotel, 687 Lexington Ave, +1 212 355-0100. Irish boutique hotel with a popular on-site Irish restaurant.
  • 14 Four Seasons Hotel, 57 E 57th St (between Madison and Park Aves), +1 212 758-5700.
  • 15 Grand Hyatt New York, 109 E 42nd St (Park Ave at Grand Central Terminal), +1 212 883-1234, fax: +1 212 697-3772. Attached to Grand Central Station.
  • 16 Hampton Inn Manhattan 35th Street/Empire State Building, 59 West 35th St, +1 212-564-3688, fax: +1 212-564-3799. A business-style hotel with modern and clean rooms. $200-$350.
  • 17 Hotel Elysee, 60 E 54th St, +1 212 753-1066, fax: +1 212 980-9278, e-mail: . This country French hotel offers guests free high speed Wi-fi and complimentary refreshments in the Club room 24 hours a day including breakfast in the mornings and wine and cheese receptions on weeknights.
  • 18 Hotel Metro, 45 W 35th St. Newly renovated guestrooms, complimentary continental breakfast or afternoon snack in the Metro Grill restaurant.
  • 19 Hyatt 48 Lex, 517 Lexington Ave (corner of 48th Street at Lexington Avenue), +1 212 838-1234, e-mail: . A fresh blend of highly personalized concierge service with high-end contemporary art and design.
  • 20 Kimberly Hotel, 145 E 50th St, +1 212 702-1600.
  • 21 Kitano, 66 Park Ave, +1 212 885-7000. A luxury four-diamond Japanese style hotel.
  • 22 Library Hotel, 299 Madison Ave (at 41st St), +1 212 983-4500, fax: +1 212 499-9099, e-mail: . Free high speed Wi-fi and complimentary refreshments in the Reading Room 24 hours a day including breakfast in the mornings and wine and cheese receptions in the evenings except for Sunday nights.
  • 23 New York Palace Hotel, 455 Madison Ave (at 50th St), +1 212 888-7000. Luxury accommodations, good views, spacious rooms, spa & fitness center, fine dining at the Gilt Restaurant & Bar, meeting and event rooms.
  • 24 Omni Berkshire Place, 21 E 52nd St (at Madison Ave), +1 212 753-5800.
  • 25 Peninsula Hotel New York, 700 5th Ave (5th Ave and 55th St), +1 212 956-2888. Has a rooftop bar.
  • 26 Plaza Hotel, 768 5th Ave (at Central Park South, in front of Grand Army Plaza), +1-212-759-3000, toll-free: +1-888-850-0909. Perhaps the most famous of New York's luxury hotels, the Plaza is an attraction in and of itself, having been used as a backdrop in numerous movies and TV shows and serving as the meeting place for many celebrities and politicians. The Plaza is also famous as a place to go for afternoon tea or cocktails, and of course you will pay dearly for that. This is one place where the truism is accurate: If you have to ask the price of a room, you can't afford it. Room rates are not posted on their website, but go into the thousands per night.
  • 27 Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Ave (at 47th St), +1 212 755-1400.
  • 28 San Carlos Hotel, 150 E 50th St, +1 212 755-1800.
Park Avenue Entrance to the Waldorf-Astoria
  • 29 Waldorf Astoria New York, 301 Park Ave (between 49th and 50th Sts.), +1-212-355-3000, fax: +1-212-872-7272. Another famous luxury hotel that is among the more notable in New York, with a long history in a lavish Art Deco building that has housed many a celebrity. Perhaps one of the most famous guests was President Franklin Roosevelt, and a secret platform that is believed to have been used by Roosevelt to travel directly from the train to his hotel room so he can hide his paralysis from the public survives under the hotel. The traincar that Roosevelt is believed to have used is parked on the platform. Sadly, neither the secret platform nor the traincar are open to public.

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Routes through Midtown East
BronxUpper East Side  N NYCS-bull-trans-4.svgNYCS-bull-trans-5.svgNYCS-bull-trans-6.svg S  Gramercy FlatironFinancial District
Theater District  W NYCS-bull-trans-7.svg E  Long Island City, QueensFlushing
Upper West SideTheater District  N NYCS-bull-trans-B.svgNYCS-bull-trans-D.svg S  Greenwich VillageDowntown Brooklyn
Long Island City, QueensUpper East Side (F) ←  N NYCS-bull-trans-F.svgNYCS-bull-trans-M.svg S  Gramercy FlatironDowntown Brooklyn
Financial DistrictTheater District  W NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg E  Long Island City, QueensJamaica
Long Island City, QueensTheater District  N NYCS-bull-trans-N.svgNYCS-bull-trans-Q.svgNYCS-bull-trans-R.svgNYCS-bull-trans-W.svg S  Gramercy FlatironDowntown Brooklyn


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