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NYC's Family-Friendly Upper East Side

Ericka McConnell David Strah, stay-at-home father and author of the book <em>Gay Dads</em>

Photo: Ericka McConnell

With its Park Avenue triplexes, brass-buttoned doormen, and Madison Avenue boutiques, the Upper East Side is the Apple at its most polished. And this pricey territory east of Fifth Avenue is certainly well situated: the restaurants, the museums, Central Park—it's all at your feet.

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Inspired by: Secret NYC | T+L Family — by Jane Margolies, Published Aug. 2007

Hotels (2)

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    Courtyard by Marriott, New York

    With its location in the Upper East Side, a few blocks from the East River, this Courtyard by Marriott offers rooms that are quieter andmore spacio

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    Loews Regency Hotel

    This iconic Park Avenue hotel is located in midtown, just two blocks from Central Park. Inside, the high-ceilinged lobby is decorated with marble p

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Restaurants (6)

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    Serendipity 3

    Stephen Bruce opened the doors of this New York staple in 1954, charming patrons with his restaurant’s tiffany lamps, café-style small tables, and

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    New Wonjo Restaurant

    After going through an ownership change in 2010, Won Jo became New Won Jo and with the new name came a kitchen overhaul, a new venting system for t

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    Vermicelli

    A favorite on the Upper East Side (due mostly to the lack of Vietnamese options), Vermicelli offers the standard fare and take out service like mos

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    Mediterraneo

    On the corner of 2nd Ave. and 66th St., this Upper East Side Italian restaurant greets guests with a wraparound patio that opens to the main dining

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    Primola

    Taunt curtains that are gathered in the middle line the windows of Primola, a neighborhood Italian restaurant in the Upper East Side. In the main d

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    Café Luka

    Located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the restaurant’s name is lit above the doorway on an almost neon-green sign. Though the wood paneling and n

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Activities (11)

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    Dylan's Candy Bar

    Drawing in celebrity candy addicts like Janet Jackson and Madonna, Dylan’s Candy Bar has become NYC’s most popular candy shop, as well as the world

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    Han Ah Reum Asian Supermarket

    Blue boxes of Hangul characters hover over their English translations on the storefront of this Hmart in Koreatown. While the majority of the produ

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    Grace's Marketplace

    Opened in 1985, Grace’s was the first gourmet food market in the Upper East Side. The store’s namesake, Grace Balducci Doria, grew up helping her p

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    Z' Baby Company

    Inspired by her young niece’s fashionable attire and sensing a void in the American fashion market for children’s clothing, Israeli Sharone Glaser

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    Mary Arnold Toys

    One of the oldest toy stores in the city, Mary Arnold was established in 1931 and continues to offer a great alternative to the bustling mega toy s

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    F.A.O. Schwarz

    Though F.A.O. Schwarz came to Manhattan in 1870 (making it the oldest toy store in the city), the famous Midtown East location on Fifth Ave. didn’t

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    Make

    On almost any afternoon inside this Upper West Side open arts studio, you’ll find kids and adults hard at work, creating soaps, candles, jewelry, a

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    Cigar Inn

    Boasting the world’s first Cigar Aficionado smoking lounge, Cigar Inn is located in the Midtown East neighborhood, and it’s easy to find if you jus

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    Central Park

    Rambling yet contained, nature-filled yet man-made, this 843-acre oasis provides a welcome respite from the concrete jungle for locals and tourists

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    Museum of Modern Art, New York

    The hullabaloo over MoMA's $600 million makeover in 2005 (and $20 admission fee) has overshadowed how impressive its collection truly is. This smar

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    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    One of the world's great museums, this Gothic Revival labyrinth tries to be all things to all art lovers—and with its expansion over the past two d

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