Neighborhood Guide: Upper East Side

If you’ve been to New York, you’ve surely noticed that each neighborhood is like a city within itself. The vibe on the Bowery is completely distinct from that on West End Avenue, and the number of children on sidewalks decreases exponentially as you head below Delancey Street. Most importantly, however, you might have noticed that there are four Satya Jewelry boutiques in Manhattan, spanning from the West Village to the Upper East Side.
We’ve asked our sales associates and store managers in each Satya boutique location to share their neighborhood secrets. Who has the best latte in town? Where to go if you’re in desperate need of a moment of zen? Each week we’ll be sharing a neighborhood guide with you. We hope you’ll use them the next time you visit us!

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Lexington Avenue Boutique, Upper East Side

Best Cup of Coffee

World Cup Cafe, 956 Lexington Ave (between 69th St & 70th St)

This tiny cafe serves the “best chai latte in the world,” according to our staff. The slightly cramped quarters are worth it for the steamy drink. We recently asked the barista what his secret was for making such an amazing latte, but his lips were sealed. He sure knows how to keep a secret!

Photo courtesy of Madhav T. on Yelp.com

Photo courtesy of Madhav T. on Yelp.com

Best Inexpensive Lunch (or Breakfast)

Corrado Bread and Pastry, 900 Lexington Avenue (between 70th St and 71st St)

Photo via Fritz P. at Yelp.com

Photo via Fritz P. at Yelp.com

With a huge selection of small sandwiches under $5, we love stopping at Corrado when we’re in need of a quick, inexpensive, but satisfying bite. Our favorite sandwich is the Greek feta, which includes feta cheese, portobello mushrooms, tomatoes and Kalamata olives on a crusty baguette. Another up-side to Corrado? The extensive pastry selection, particularly the  muffins, which we like to enjoy at their outdoor tables during the warmer months.

Best for a Special Occasion

Alice’s Tea Cup, 156 East 64th Street (between Lexington and 3rd Avenues)

Photo via Stephanie T at yelp.com

Photo via Stephanie T at yelp.com

Who can resist an Alice in Wonderland-themed restaurant, especially when there are menu options like bread pudding-style French toast and pumpkin pancakes. Not in the mood for breakfast fare? Our staff loves the fries at Alice’s, too! It’s a great place to feel like a kid again or to have a ladies’ day out with mom. They even have an afternoon tea service! e 3. Last but not least: Alice’s Tea Cup. Best of the best scones and teas. Surprisingly, they have awesome fries, too!

Best Place to Unwind

Central Park, 59th to 100th Streets, from Central Park West to 5th Avenue

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Just a five minute walk from bustling Lexington Avenue lies Central Park, a true oasis in the city. We love finding a perfectly shady tree under which to sit and read, listen to music, or people watch. You never know what sights or sounds you’ll take in (though, often, it involves squirrels dueling over nuts).

Best Place to Shop

Madison Avenue

Photo by Amanda Hall via allposters.com

Photo by Amanda Hall via allposters.com

The Upper East Side is a great place to visit on payday, with the city’s chicest boutiques lining Madison Avenue, just two blocks from our store. Our favorite spots to (window) shop are Proenza Schouler for eye-catching prints, Jil Sander for minimalism at its best, and Tom Ford for the ultimate in glam.

Do you have any favorite Upper East Side haunts? Share them with us in the comments!