This afternoon, my friend, Diana, and I decided to head into Manhattan for some shopping and dinner. We both work together, about fifteen minutes outside of the city, and needed to escape after a long, and hot, work day. Even though I don’t consider our trip into the city travel, since I’m there every weekend anyway, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to give advice on how to spend an afternoon on the Upper East Side.
Our first stop was Bloomingdale’s, located at 59th Street & Lexington Avenue. This was the whole reason our trip, and a must for anyone visiting Manhattan. With seven levels and several restaurants, you could spend an entire day here without ever leaving: navigating the store, trying on clothes, and pretending you have the money to buy everything in sight – at least that’s what Diana and I did. Everyone is friendly and helpful, and honestly, if you like shopping, you will feel like a kid in a candy store. While Diana and I focused mostly on the sixth floor, formal occasions, we did get off track at a couple of spots including, David Yurman, Marc Jacobs, and Louis Vuitton. But, with everything the store has to offer, you can’t blame us.
Surrounding Bloomingdale’s are many different stores you can also visit, though Diana and I didn’t have the time to veer off course today. However, also located in the area are: H&M, Diesel, Victoria’s Secret, Zara, and Urban Outfitters. Plenty of credit card damage can be done in just a few hours.
After our adventure in Bloomies, we headed across the street to Sprinkles for some cupcakes. This is a new, and welcome addition, to the area. It’s a small, but adorable shop located at 780 Lexington Avenue, between 60th & 61st Streets. Sprinkles alternates their flavors everyday, but we settled on Red Velvet and Peanut Butter Chocolate. Since we knew we were headed for dinner, we boxed up our cupcakes for later in the evening.
Finally, we ended our night with dinner at Brio on 61st and Lexington. This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Diana and I settled on La Caprese di Bufala, the Cesare con Crostini salad, and Margherita pizza. Of course, we also got a glass of prosecco to wash it all down. The food at Brio is perfect every time I visit, and the pizza is some of the best I’ve had in Manhattan, the perfect balance of sauce and cheese on thin crust. When we were done, we also ended our dinner with a trio of gelato, as if somehow forgetting we had Sprinkles cupcakes to eat.
Not only is the food at Brio phenomenal, but the environment is friendly and relaxing. Our experience completely satisfied our desire to escape from our work day and recollect ourselves, and our energy, to finish off the work week. No one is there to kick you out, and you can take the time to unwind, which is especially useful after a day of work, or marathon shopping.
The Upper East Side is full of plenty more to do, but if you are looking for a relaxing way to spend an afternoon, look no further than Lexington Avenue in the East 60’s. In just a few blocks, you’ll not only be able to satisfy your need to shop, but I promise you will also leave with your stomach full and happy.
There is also a Brio in the Flatiron District, Brio Downtown. If you are in that area, I’d also highly recommend it.