The Upper East Side: The Surrey
Eat in: Housed in an elegant Beaux-Arts mansion, the Surrey feels like an art lover’s Upper East Side pied-a-terre, just a short stroll from Museum Mile. Designed by Lauren Rottet in a Coco Chanel-inspired monochrome palette, public spaces are adorned with original artworks by Richard Serra, Mel Bochner and more, and enormous salons and suites (no simple “guestrooms” ici) have upscale embellishments like hand-painted wardrobes, deep-soaking tubs, fireplaces and private balconies. Downstairs in his namesake cafe, chef Daniel Boulud oversees a menu that’s governed by classic French cooking, seasonal ingredients and flavors from around the world. Settle in for a long brunch on Sunday (available until 3 PM) or get your drinks order in at Art Deco Bar Pleiades before the 1930s jazz evening each Friday.
Eat out: Start your day with the power breakfast crowd at Sant Ambroeus at the newly renovated Loews Regency, a favorite of local politicos. Or, for a slightly more affordable option, head to the attached Sant Ambroeus Cafe for an Italian pastry and steaming hot latte. For lunch, venture east to Park Ave. and try the iconic burger at classic spot J.G. Melon. Experience the younger, hipper UES at gastropub The Penrose for a low-key dinner or the swanky East Pole for a veggie-focused feast. Finish with a drink at brand-new The Gilroy nearby, or back on Madison, at the iconic Cafe Carlyle.