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Upper East Side

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Crystal Greene
903 Madison Ave., 4th Floor Walk-up, Upper East Side
Get a facial with aesthetician Crystal Greene at her serene Madison Avenue studio and walk out looking—and feeling—fantastic. Her treatments are a beautifully pampering haze of face massage, firming laser (she uses the obsessed-over LYMA), gentle exfoliation, powerful masks, and a custom blended serum infusion she concocts on the spot for clients’ specific skin concerns. She’s intuitive, radiates calming energy, and her hands—not to mention the results you see—are pure magic.
Aman New York
730 5th Ave., Upper East Side
A giant indoor lap pool set about with cushy chaises is where you wait for your treatments at this sleek, chic, Bergdorf- and Central-Park adjacent hotel and spa. They offer just about everything: Morpheus8 radiofrequency microneedling, total health resets with functional doctors, sessions with visiting wellness leaders, special “Banya Houses” where couples or groups can spend the day getting treatments together, access to plastic surgery services, vitamin and NAD infusions, cryo-therapy, and much, much more. The Advanced Aman Facial, which uses all Aman products specially made in Japan, combines ultrasonic exfoliation, electric muscle stimulation, face and scalp massage, cryo bulbs, a marine mineral mask, and Aman x 111Skin Nourishing Gold Algae hydrogel face and eye masks for the glow of your life.
Erika Bloom Pilates (Closed)
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.
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 US distributors of JAR. Also worth noting: the vintage accessories by Chanel and Hermes and photography by Man Ray, Richard Avedon, and more.
The Penrose
1590 Second Ave., Upper East Side
The Penrose was a very welcome addition to the Upper East Side when it debuted on Second Avenue, 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.