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Upper East Side

Establishment neighborhood
Hot Bread Kitchen
1590 Park Avenue, East Harlem
Hot Bread Kitchen isn’t your—or anyone else’s—average bakery. Its founder, Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez (her background is in social justice and public policy) and has made hiring immigrant women a priority since opening in 2007. In fact, several have since moved on to higher-level roles in the NYC food world. The handmade baked goods coming from the kitchen reflect the countries of the women who work here, ranging from Moroccan msemen (a traditional flatbread) to Mexican heritage corn tortillas. Rodriguez also runs HBK Incubates, which provides commercial kitchen and market access and business development support to food start-ups.
Erika Bloom Pilates
14 E. 60th St., Upper East Side
To give you the best sculpt and tone in the business, Erika Bloom Pilates has three New York locations, one in Connecticut, and a new studio in Los Angeles. Each space is flooded with natural light, making it a relaxing and—oh yes, we’re going to go there—fun workout. The studio’s knowledgeable staff curates personalized routines that borrow from Pilates, yoga, Alexander technique, Feldenkrais, and weight training. There are also programs for pre- and postnatal women, osteoporosis, injury prevention, acupuncture, bodywork, and holistic health consulting.
Tracy Anderson Method 59th St.
241 E. 59th St., Upper East Side
This brand new, 6,000-square-foot studio addition to Tracy's empire (other locations include Tribeca, Watermill, and Brentwood to name a few) offers the full Anderson experience from the dance-based and muscular structure workouts, to food, to athleisure wear. Built into what was a former movie theatre, this unique space houses two cavernous, temperature-controlled workout studios, a street-level café—beyond convenient to pick up that pre-class organic coffee or post-workout fueling smoothie—and the full range of Anderson's athletic wear. Hosting group and private classes, the full spectrum of options from membership to drop-in are available—but, for those who can't make it to the studio, don't stress, you can stream the live classes from the comfort of your own home.
L’Appartement Caudalie Spa
819 Madison Ave., Upper East Side
Walking into this Madison Avenue spa feels like you’re entering an especially light, bright, chic private home—and that’s on purpose—the space is inspired by co-founder Mathilde Thomas’ Parisian apartment. But in place of Netflix and chores, you’ll find four service rooms when you can get amazing spa treatments, all using Caudalie’s signature grape- and grapevine-infused products. Body treatments include the sublimely relaxing Honey & Wine Wrap to the targeted and effective Slimming Concentrate Treatment, but the star of the show is the Caudalie Grand Facial Treatment—which uses grape-seed polyphenol-rich products to give you a lasting glow. You can get the same amazing treatments at the brand’s downtown spa, inside the Oculus.
Quality Eats
1496 2nd Ave., Upper East Side
With two outposts in Manhattan (the Upper East side and Greenwich Village), Quality Eats bills itself as an affordable(ish) steakhouse, or a steakhouse for the younger more casual set. Accordingly, the menu features six separate cuts of steak that all come in under $30, and dressed-up versions of old-school sides, like baked potato monkey bread, cacio e pepe orzo, and even corn elote. Less carnivorous friends can eat here, too; the there's a beautiful raw bar, several great salads, and a very creative kids menu.
Moda Operandi Madison
24 E. 64th St., Upper East Side
Moda Operandi's second showroom (which, like the online store, and the first physical showroom in Belgravia, specializes in pieces that are straight from the runway) just opened off Madison Avenue in conjunction with New York Fashion Week. The space itself, a two-story townhouse identified by a single display window, is every bit as elegant as you'd expect, with de Gournay-wallpapered walls, a full-service kitchen, and furniture hand-picked by co-founder Lauren Santo Domingo. The exclusive, private shopping experience is by appointment only, but the selection of designer goods, including the most stunning jewelry, is second-to-none.
FD Gallery
26 E. 80th St., Upper East Side
This gorgeous estate jewelry shop looks more like an exceptionally appointed apartment than a store and has more than earned its name: the collection of estate jewelry spanning every era and every designer (Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels are the biggies) is nothing if not museum-worthy. Rare treasure hunters in particular flock to FD as it’s one of the few U.S. distributors of JAR. Also worth noting are the vintage accessories by Chanel and Hermes and photography by Man Ray, Richard Avedon, and more.
Penrose Bar
1590 Second Ave., Upper East Side
The Penrose was a very welcome addition to the Upper East Side when it debuted on Second Avenue a few years ago, and the gastropub still feels noteworthy today in a neighborhood that is more known for its collegiate sports bars than craft-centric joints. Some would say that it feels more downtown than uptown, probably because the Penrose was done by the same people behind downtown spots The Wren and Wilfie and Nell. All that said, beyond the exposed brick and vintage décor, this is really a neighborhood spot—and a solid one at that. Besides the drinks, the snacks are satisfying, and you might find yourself wanting to stay for dinner, or come back the next day for brunch.
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