Midtown EastNew York

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The premium spot for shopping in New York City has gleaming skyscrapers, numerous museums, luxury hotels and a beautiful cathedral.

While New York residents work busily in tall buildings in Midtown East, you can shop or visit museums day after day. This part of Manhattan is designated as Midtown East or Midtown West along the north-south divide of Fifth Avenue, lined by iconic retail stores.

On the east side of 5th, shop at Salvatore Ferragamo, Rolex and Tiffany & Co. among other luxury stores and boutiques. Enter a glass box to visit the always-open Apple Fifth Avenue store.

Next to flagship Louis Vuitton and Saks 5th Avenue stores is St. Patrick’s Cathedral, built in 1878, a massive neo-gothic structure with tall twin spires. Find more shopping on Madison Avenue, famous for advertising agencies in its tall buildings.

Gaze up at the Empire State Building, which opened in 1931 and appeared as an integral part of the King Kong movie in 1933. Today it features outstanding light shows in the evening and stays open after midnight for city viewing by day or night. From observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors, gaze north to Central Park, west to Times Square, east to the art deco Chrysler Building with its terraced spire and south to the Statue of Liberty.

Several of New York’s favorite museums are in this part of town. Visit the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), with a collection of nearly 200,000 works from the past 150 years, as well as frequent exhibitions from around the world. Continuing north along the eastern edge of Central Park, follow “Museum Mile” to tour the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and numerous other museums and art galleries.

Stay at an old or new luxury hotel on the prestigious Park Avenue. Head toward the East River where the United Nations Headquarters is a gleaming skyscraper surrounded by colorful flags of member nations.

Arrive in Midtown East via train at the massive Grand Central Terminal. Find lots of opportunities for eating throughout the neighborhood, extending south to Koreatown.

Top Hotels in Midtown East

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City
The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City
4 out of 5
45 E 45th Street, New York, NY
CA $97
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of 5th Avenue and Grand Central Terminal. St. Patrick's Cathedral and Rockefeller Center are also within ...

3.6/5Good! (29,255 reviews)

"Good area. Nice staff. Bell men are the best, check in is quick and easy"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 19, 2020

The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City
The Maxwell New York City
The Maxwell New York City
4 out of 5
541 Lexington Ave, New York, NY
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
CA $131
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in Midtown, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of 5th Avenue, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and Rockefeller Center. Top of the Rock and Grand ...

4/5Very Good! (2,199 reviews)

"Excellent hotel. Good price for NYC. Amazing location. Filling complimentary breakfast and drinks. Professional staff. Comfortable bed. Would certainly stay again!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2020

The Maxwell New York City
The Westin New York Grand Central
The Westin New York Grand Central
4.5 out of 5
212 East 42nd Street, New York, NY
CA $135
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Midtown, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chrysler Building and Grand Central Terminal. 5th Avenue and United Nations Headquarters are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,882 reviews)

"Location was great. Room was large enough for our needs and met expectations. Good. Slur for the money."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2020

The Westin New York Grand Central
The James New York - NoMad
The James New York - NoMad
4.5 out of 5
22 East 29 Street, New York, NY
CA $197
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Midtown, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of 5th Avenue and Madison Square Garden. Empire State Building and Flatiron Building are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,309 reviews)

"We loved the service and the staff however our tv didn’t work in the room and I’m a cleaning lady by profession and the shower wasn’t really clean. (Glass was streaky)and floors in hallway I could see streaks and could see spots where the floor wasn’t clean."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 19, 2020

The James New York - NoMad
DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan - New York City
DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan - New York City
4 out of 5
569 Lexington Ave, New York, NY
CA $138
per night
Feb 27 - Feb 28

Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of 5th Avenue, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Rockefeller Center. Top of the Rock and Museum of Modern ...

3.9/5Very Good! (11,586 reviews)

"midtown location is excellent, half mile from times square, just blocks from empire state bldg, and rockefeller center, breakfast is very good, rooms are nice"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan - New York City
Grand Hyatt New York
Grand Hyatt New York
4 out of 5
109 East 42nd Street, at Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY
Free Cancellation
CA $171
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in Midtown, this romantic hotel is steps away from Chrysler Building and Grand Central Terminal. 5th Avenue and Bryant Park are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (12,060 reviews)

"Excellent location and room was a decent size. I have two gripes: there is no coffee making facility in the room and the shelf above the basin makes the sink really difficult to use."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 19, 2020

Grand Hyatt New York

Popular things to do in Midtown East

Grand Central Terminal
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Grand Central Terminal

4.5/5(1,372 reviews)

This majestic, lively hub for commuters is a must-see for architecture buffs.

5th Avenue
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5th Avenue

4.5/5(1,078 reviews)

Go shopping, see art and stroll beside Central Park on this famous Midtown street.

United Nations Headquarters
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United Nations Headquarters

4.5/5(53 reviews)

A riverfront gathering place for the world’s most powerful political leaders, this building is also home to a surprisingly diverse array of tourist attractions.

Top activities in Midtown East

Boroughs Tour: Brooklyn, Bronx, Harlem, Queens & Coney Island
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Boroughs Tour: Brooklyn, Bronx, Harlem, Queens & Coney Island

86% of travellers recommend
CA $93
Per adult
All City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Harbor Cruise
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All City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Harbor Cruise

CA $55
Per adult
New York Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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New York Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

CA $39
Per adult
Downtown Super Tour with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Harbor Cruise
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Downtown Super Tour with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Harbor Cruise

CA $48
Per adult
VR World NYC
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VR World NYC

84% of travellers recommend
CA $63
Per adult
New York Midtown Tourist Scavenger Hunt
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New York Midtown Tourist Scavenger Hunt

CA $6
Per adult

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